Monday, December 16, 2013

Tis the Season...

...for Christmas music!

While we aren't doing quite as many December concerts as in previous years, it wouldn't seem like Christmas without the beautiful carols of the season:

O little down of Bethlehem,
How still we see thee lie! 

Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by;

Yet in thy dark streets shineth,
The everlasting Light;

The hopes and fears of all the years 
Are met in thee tonight.

For Christ is born of Mary, 
And gathered all above,

While mortals sleep, the angels keep
Their watch of wond'ring love.

Oh morning stars together,
Proclaim the holy birth.

And praises sing to God the King,
And peace to men on earth.

How silently, how silently, 
The wondrous gift is giv'n!

So God imparts to human hearts, 
The blessings of His heav'n. 

No ear may hear His coming, 
But in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive Him still,
The dear Christ enters in. 

O holy Child of Bethlehem!
Decend to us, we pray;

Cast out our sin and enter in,
Be born in us today!

We hear the Christmas angels, 
The great glad tidings tell;
Oh come to us, abide with us, 
Our Lord Emmanuel!

Photos by Kori
Lyrics from "O Little Town of Bethlehem"


bassplayer7 said...

Great to see Alaythia on the keyboard! Good work. I am partial to the instrument myself.

Merry Christmas.

Lexi said...

I love the outfits and the song to! R church did a Christmas Dinner/Play last night. It went very good but all of the worship team members were so stressed. We r doing it again tonight for the homeless people and I think they r gonna b even more stressed out then yesterday evening. My reason for that is yesterday evening they knew the people, tonight they don't know the people. I'm helping w the kids tonight.
Good job on the keyboard Alythia!

Graham Donahue said...

Great pictures! I noticed one picture where you had four girl voices, and have seen/heard you all do others as well. I understand the way most bluegrass and gosple music is arranged for the different parts, but am curious as to what you all do with four female parts. Do you double the alto or lead vocals or something? Also while I am on the subject of music, I noticed on a couple of your recordings it sounds as if there are two guitars ("I Would" and "Two Small Coins") is that the case, or am I just hearing things. If it is the case what is the reason for having two? I hate to bug you with questions, but as a musician I find these things interesting.

Thanks for playing great music, and have a great Christmas.

The Wissmanns said...

Thanks for the questions, Graham!

Our girls 'quartet' does sing in different parts -- typically 3 parts, doubling the melody.

And yes, those songs you mentioned do include 2 guitars. [You have a good ear!] Having a different strum with each guitar really gives a fullness to the music and enables one instrument to focus on rhythm while the other can play more melodious parts.

I hope this is helpful! A blessed Christmas to you!

Cheryl Kissling said...

Amen! What a beautiful way to take in the meaning of this old favorite Christmas song. The baby in Bethlehem, His offer of salvation and His coming Kingship! Praise to our loving Creator! The snow is so heavy this morning that all church services are cancelled...I needed this and will share it with Carl.