Well, this is the last post for 2018's Battles of the Bands...did I say that right? In honor of that, I'd like to offer up a battle that is firmly rooted in the "reason for the season." It's almost Christmas...
This romp was started by FAR AWAY EYES (always remembered and loved) and STEPHEN T. McCARTHY (the head elf) drive this caravan. If you're new to it, a Battle gets posted on the 1st and 15th of each month and results appear magically six days later, on the 7th and 21st. You comment below and tell me which tune your favorite and why (if you want to elaborate). If necessary, I add my own humble vote to break a tie and announce the winner.
You don't have to be Christian to know that the December 25 celebration of Christmas is all about the birth of Christ, whom Christians everywhere believe to be the salvation of the world. I happen to share that belief, so the season is always extra special to me and I've managed not to chalk all the hubbub up to consumerism, inspite of the push to bite that hook.
In reverence of that special day so long ago, I submit my choice for the December battle: "Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus."
The first version is tied to a video by The Skit Guys that I love. The singer is Marcy Priest, a worship leader and songwriter outta Oklahoma who released her debut album "Awake" in 2008. Acclaim followed, but she stayed under my radar till The Skit Guys...
CONTENDER #1: MARCY PRIEST
Boy...this just begs for a church choir to chime in...or a college choir. Hmmm...
CONTENDER # 2:
ST. JOHN'S CHOIR, CAMBRIDGE
Acoustic anyone? Yeah...I love acoustic.
Three different versions, one solid message. The only thing missing is your vote, your opinion/comment and ME saying "Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and God bless you all."
To those of you who don't believe in God, let me say, "Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and God bless you all." You don't have to believe to be blessed.
And lastly, to those who skip the whole month of December, let me say (again), "Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and God bless you all." Apparently, you need all the good wishes and blessings I can throw at you.
I try not to be swayed by public opinion.
|My favorite shepherd, Gonzo...|
Spread your Christmas cheer and good will (I hope you have a good dose of it) over these other fine blogs and welcome our new member, AISASAMI. See you on the 21st!