Angels are prominently featured in many traditional Christmas songs, celebrating their message to the shepherds outside Bethlehem on the night of Jesus’s birth. One of the most beloved of these traditional songs is “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.”
But did you know that it wasn’t originally written about angels and the word change prompted quite a controversy between two prominent preachers of the 18th Century? Continue reading
This is a song that I knew by tune but not by lyrics for many years. I discovered the lyrics in a music book as I learned to play the melody on harp and knew there must be some great history or a good story attached to the lyrics. When I did a little research during this holiday season, I wasn’t disappointed!
Meet “Good King Wenceslaus” – a medieval duke who inspired a legend and a delightful song… Continue reading
It’s a classic Christmas for many, and it has a fascinating story behind the lyrics. As we enjoy another week of December and might be listing our favorite memories of the season, The Christmas Song seems like a perfect tune.
So let me offer you a simple phrase… Continue reading
It’s the first day of December and what better song to study than The First Noel? This will be the third year I’ve written for the holiday series “You’re Singing History” and I’ve collected historical facts and context for five more holiday songs this year.
Let the Christmas season and music begin… Continue reading