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A Different, Yet Beautiful Take on O Christmas Tree

December 17, 2014

Last Christmas I discovered I could play Pandora via DirecTV – which means I can play Pandora through my old Bose (which 12 years later still sounds great). I generally only use Pandora at Christmas time as I use it to listen some of the diverse Christmas music not generally heard on radio.

One of my Pandora Christmas channels is “George Winston Holiday” which provides me with all kinds of great music in the genre of Windham Hill and Narada to jazz.

Via that channel, one of the artists I’ve discovered is Philip Wesley. Wesley is a pianist who writes and releases his music on his own label — everything independently. Despite his lack of a major record deal, he’s done quite well with several of his tunes reaching the Top 100 (even Top 10) on both Amazon.com and CD Baby’s charts (in the New Age Music category).

Wesley released Comfort And Joy in 2005. If you’re a George Winston or a David Lanz fan, you’ll love Wesley’s music.

Tonight I’ll feature his take on O Christmas Tree.

O Christmas Tree – Philip Wesley

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One of these days I’ll learn how to play this

December 24, 2012

Two songs tonight — David Qualey’s rendition of “Jesu Joy Of Man’s Desiring” and “Eternal Gifts” from Leigh Nash.

I first heard David Qualey’s beautiful arrangement of Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring on the very first Windham Hill ‘Christmas’CD, “A Winter’s Solstice,” (released way back in 1986).

Several years ago I tried to figure it out on my own and attempted to learn it. I managed to get bits and pieces of it down but became convinced there were two guitars playing. It wasn’t until I watched this video that I discovered differently.

It’s just one guy — David Qualey,

He’s playing what is called a ‘quint guitar” and it’s tuned up five notes.

At some point I purchased the music for this from Qualey — and one of these year’s, I’ll learn it.

(You can still purchase all of the Windham Hill Christmas/Winter Solstice cd’s (at amazon.com and via iTunes). There were six initially. But several ‘collections” have been released under different titles yet with mostly the same artists – just compiled differently.)

Qualey’s arrangement and performance of Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring is lovely and fitting for Christmas Eve.

Tonight’s second song  is a very simple tune with a powerful message. It’s titled “Eternal Gifts” and is performed by Leigh Nash (of sixpence none the richer – they of “kiss me” fame).  It’s from her 2010 Christmas EP, “Wishing For This.”

Wishing For This is pretty good — it features the Ron Sexsmith tune, “Maybe This Christmas,” and a good rendition of Dolly Parton’s “Hard Candy Christmas,” (although I think Parton’s original is better).

“Santa knows what I want for Christmas
but Jesus knows what I need”

Can’t argue with that.

Eternal Gifts

Santa knows what I want for Christmas
but Jesus knows what I need
it can’t be purchased wrapped up and placed
under an eight foot tree

I need patience, kindness – virtues like these
to bend on my knee at the manger

Santa may bring things that last for a year
but eternal gifts come from the Savior

some days come where I’m playing selfish
I can’t think of no one but me
then I think of all that I’m blessed with
and that’s always best to give than to receive

I need faithfulness, love, generosity
to open my home to a stranger

Santa may bring things that last for a year
but eternal gifts come from the Savior

I need patience, kindness, generosity
to bend on my knee at the manger

Santa may bring things that last for a year
but eternal gifts come from the Savior

Santa knows what I want for Christmas
but Jesus knows what I need

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