18 December 2008

jamming: Sufjan Stevens- Songs for Christmas

I've been playing this box set (or at least an assembled iTunes subset playlist of this box set) all advent long. It has, since last Christmas, become my favorite compilation of Christmas tunes, both serious and reverent and fresh and wacky. Sufjan's ability to merge plaintive banjos with exuberent trumpets and xylophones to represent the entire spectrum of this season is notable. I've enjoyed this especially during lent because of his renditions of some classic hymnody that really counters the shopping mall norm of snowmen and chestnuts with anticipation, hope, & peace. Don't get me wrong these discs are not void of santas and sleighbells, but the proportion of attention and attentiveness to advent and the coming incarnation of God is beautiful and welcomed.

Here are a few of the tracks that have found extended play in my house, car, and head:
O Come, O Come Emmanuel
We Three Kings
Angels We Have Heard On High
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!
Holy, Holy, Holy
O Holy Night
Star Of Wonder
Joy To The World
Lo! How A Rose E'er Blooming
Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing
The First Noel
Once In Royal David's City
The Incarnation
I Saw Three Ships
Amazing Grace
Lo How A Rose E'er Blooming

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