20051204

Away in a Manger

Seeing it's that time of year, I'll be releasing Christmas music throughout the month of December.

This is an original rendition of the Christmas favorite, Away in a Manger, with music by James Murray (1841-1905). You already know the lyics:

Away in a manger no crib for a bed
The little Lord Jesus lay down his sweet head
The stars in the sky look down where he lay
The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay

I wanted to create a soundtrack feel to this piece. Picture the scene in your mind as the piece begins near the manger, with a simple lullabye, followed by a hymn of contemplation. From there, the camera moves through the streets of Bethlehem and into the Judean hills, where we find shepherds watching their flocks. The angelic message arrives, stirring the pastoral band to action. The piece swells with more awe and wonder as the shepherds visit the manger, then proceed to announce the good news to the world.

I enjoyed recording this, and I hope you enjoy listening to it. Merry Christmas.

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