Day 56 – let my spirit sing sweetly for the love in Your eyes

On the real, Foy Vance is my boy. I put up a song by him two posts ago so this post isn’t really about him, but I just feel that he deserves some sort of recognition for how wonderful he is. Look him up. Buy his album. He’s wonderful.

So anyway, back to this challenge that has now been ongoing for nearly two years though it only comprises of 80 days.

Day 56 – a Song that Makes You Think About Space

Big concepts freak me out. The infinity of space is something that I am completely unable to wrap my head around, and thus it both terrifies and excites me. Another such concept is the vastness of the ocean, which doesn’t hold so much the excitement component as it does the terrifying one.

When I consider the impossible infinity of space, however, I cannot help but turn my thoughts to God, the Creator and Sustainer of all things. So although you know my aversion to most worship music, today I leave you with a song of worship – a song of awe in the face of a great and mighty God.

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Day 32 – sweet hymns of joy, in grateful chorus raise we

Day 32 – Your Favourite Christmas Carol

Many people rage against Christmas music, but I am not one of them. Although I hold to the belief that Christmas music should not be played on the radio until after American Thanksgiving, I do love Christmas carols and I listen to them all year round.

It’s important to note that carols are different from songs. I could go my entire life without hearing another note of All I Want For Christmas is You or Last Christmas. A song is a piece of music that is meant to be sung for whatever purpose the lyrics lay out. A carol, however, is a song specifically sung in praise or celebration of something or someone – in this case, Jesus Christ. Therefore, pieces such as Jingle Bells and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (which were incidentally voted two of the most annoying Christmas songs at a party I was at this weekend) are not Christmas carols, they are Christmas songs. Silent Night and Away in a Manger, however, are indeed carols.

My favourite Christmas carol is O Holy Night, hands down. I love the notes that climb all over the range of human voices, and many times exceed that range, in which case it’s a terribly painful song to listen to, but when done correctly it is the most beautiful thing imaginable. Future of Forestry has done a phenomenal job on the three Christmas EPs they’ve released to date, and my favourite rendition of my favourite Christmas carol was released on their first.