CD Review – Bebo’s Christmas 07

Well since Christmas is coming I thought I would give a review of a CD I got last Christmas so you can prepare for this Christmas!

I have been a fan of Bebo Norman for a long time.  I really enjoy his lyrical melodies and prolific poetry.  This Christmas album entitled From the Realms of Glory, has some gems on it, but is for the most part covers of Christmas tunes.  Not that I can blame him.  Christmas and music are so connected to tradition that it is difficult or nigh impossible to separate the two.  That said, I appreciate the way he treated most of the songs and put his spin on them.  Being first an acoustic guitar player myself I really like the chording and comping he brought to these more ‘traditional’ songs.

My favorite by far is his original third track ‘Born to Die.’  I think it is so good in fact that I will present all the lyrics here

They never knew a dark night
Always had the Son’s light
On their face
Perfect in glory
Broken by the story of untold grace…
Come that day

Majesty had come down
Glory had succumbed now
To flesh and bone
In the arms of a manger
In the hands of strangers
That could not know
Just who they hold

And the angels filled the sky
All of heaven wondered why
Why their King would choose to be
Be a baby born to die

And all fell silent
For the cry of an infant,
the voice of God
Was dividing history
For those with eyes to see,
the Son would shine
From earth that night

To break the chains
Of guilt and sin
To find us here
To pull us in
So we can join in Heaven’s song
And with one voice around the throne

As I mentioned, it is incredibly difficult to find a song that is not Traditional Christmas music which is both well written and appropriate for a worship service.  I think this is one.

What is your favorite recent Christmas song?


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