Merry Christmas, friends!!!

I don’t know about you, but this month I’ve been feeling rather chaotic… not just with the busyness of things happening around me, but in my mind and heart also. It’s a fight to take time to be still in the middle of it all, but it is worth it. So— my encouragement for you is to take time to be still this Christmas, and when you turn on the music, let your heart sing.

“Behold the goodness of the God of your salvation everywhere, and be held— how His love falls like blossoms of grace in December.” -Ann VoskampScreen Shot 2016-12-21 at 6.30.22 PM.png

1) SVVN—Arnarstapi

Arnarstapi is an album full of ambient and inspiring wintery music. “SVVN is an ambient artist from Nashville, TN. Rich textures, sweeping melodies, and powerful drum line rudiments construct seamless movements of stirring music, all inspired by producer and composer Jeremiah Dunlap’s journey across Iceland. SVVN’s thoroughly crafted elements ranging from organic field recordings to analog synthesizers create a cinematic musical experience unlike any other.” —The Drop

P.S. I haven’t listened to it enough to have recommended tracks. So…. Just listen to the whole thing! 😀

Screen Shot 2016-12-21 at 6.30.28 PM.png2) Rend Collective— Campfire Christmas

This album is pretty rambunctious and hopeful. I also love how joyful this album is, and how many wonderful instruments are used in it (and all of Rend Collective’s music, for that matter!) There’s lovely mandolin, banjo, and I’m pretty sure accordion and some kind of bag pipes.

Recommended tracks: Hark the Herald Angels Sing (Glory in the Highest), Ding Dong Merrily On High,  For All That You Have Done

Screen Shot 2016-12-21 at 6.30.33 PM.png3) The Oh Hellos—The Oh Hellos’ Family Christmas Album  and free on Noisetrade: http://noisetrade.com/theohhellos/the-oh-hellos-family-christmas

This album is just wonderful all around. Instead of tracks, this album has movements, and each one is a blend of different Christmas songs that move through Luke 2:8-14, and basically through the Christmas story. My criticism of this album is that it is too short! I wish it didn’t end so soon. Good news is, it’s available for “name your price” on Bandcamp,and free on Noisetrade, so you can essentially get it for free either place. It’s one of my favorites, and I hope you enjoy it also!

Favorite track (since there’s only 4): Mvmt II, “Begin and Never Cease”

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4) Hillsong Worship— We Have A Savior
More Christmas music… but Hillsong makes really good quality music. Some Christmas music just seems like another version of the same Christmas song, but I think this album is very worshipful, and does a good job of making these songs their own.

Recommended tracks: Born Is the King, We Have A Saviour, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (the banjo!!!!!), The First Noel (Holy Is the Lord)

“Let every heart prepare Him room.” This line,from Joy to the World, has been sticking in my head lately. Is there room in your heart?

Merry Christmas! Let your heart sing it!

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