Merry Christmas, everyone! What follows is a selection of some of the Christmas music I’ve been listening to this year. Don’t get me wrong, even a hipster like me can enjoy a little “All I Want for Christmas…,” by Mariah Carrie. But, let’s get real, you don’t read a libertarianish blog for that! Let the obscurity begin!!!
First off, how in the world did I just discover this group? Nowell Sing We Clear. They are so new to me that I had to look them up on Wikipedia to confirm that they really are called that and really do almost exclusively sing Christmas music. Let me boil it down for you. If Hobbits sang Christmas music, this is how they’d do it. As far as I know, these actually are Hobbit songs! If you don’t have Spotify, I’ll include a Youtube playlist. We start with their eighth album, because it includes the absolutely amazing, “Chariots,” lyrics down below.
Just, wow, to these lyrics!
O Shepherd, O shepherd come leave off your piping Come listen come learn come hear what I say For now is the time that has long been forespoken For now is the time there’ll be new tunes to play For soon there comes one who brings a new music Of sweetness and clarity none can compare So open your heart for heavenly harmony Here on this hill will be filling the air
Chorus (after each verse): With chariots of Cherubim chanting And Seraphim singing Hosanna And a choir of Archangels a-caroling come Hallelujah Hallelu All the angels a-trumpeting glory In praise of the Prince of Peace
See on yon stable the starlight is shimmering And glimmering and glistening and glowing with glee In Bethlehem blest this baby of bliss will be Born here before you as bold as can be And you’ll be the first to hear the new symphony Songs full of gladness and glory and light So learn your tunes well and play your pipes proudly For the Prince of Paradise plays here tonight
Bring your sheep bleating to this happy meeting To hear how the lamb with the lion shall lie It’s mooing and braying you’ll hear the song saying The humble and lowly will be the most high Let the horn of the herdsman be heard up in heaven For the gates are flung open for all who come near And the simplest of souls shall sing to infinity Lift up and listen and you shall hear
The warmonger’s charger will thunder for freedom The gun-maker’s furnace will dwindle and die And muskets and sabers and swords shall be sundered Surrendered to the sound that is sweeping the sky And the shoes of the mighty shall dance to new measures And the jackboots of generals shall jangle no more As sister and brother and father and mother Agree with each other the end to all war
As a candle can conquer the demons of darkness As a flame can keep frost from the deepest of cold So a song can give hope in the depths of all danger And a line of pure melody soar in your soul So sing your songs well and sing your songs sweetly And swear that your singing it never shall cease So the clatter of battle and drums of disaster Be drowned in the sound of the pipes of peace
John Kirkpatrick et al sang his song Chariots in 1998 on their Fellside CD Wassail!
Just look up “Nowell Sing We Clear” on any streaming source to hear more.
Here’s my own ridiculously diverse Christmas playlist! Enjoy and Merry Christmas!