Friday Five Favourite: Christmas Songs

11 12 2015

I’d call this a fairly eclectic mix. I will put in a disclaimer early on that these are not all Christian songs – shock horror! I have put together a mixture of my absolute favourite songs that are justifiable to play at this time of year! We have Worship, Pop, Classical, Carol and Folk
What are your favourite Christmas Songs?

The People Who Walk In Darkness – Based on Isaiah 9, and just so celebratory!

Merry Christmas Everyone – I find it extremely difficult not to dance to this song!

Christmas Festival Overture – My favourite bit of this one is when Jingle Bells turns into O Come All Ye Faithful, it’s so clever!

O Come All Ye Faithful – Who doesn’t love a descant at Christmas?

Ding Dong Merrily on High – I love to just listen to the glockenspiel in this one!





Friday Five Favourite: Eurovision 2014

16 05 2014

Eurovision is a bit of an event in our house, an institution almost, there is takeaway, there are snacks, and there is an epic spreadsheet scoring over various categories. Here’s how my top five ended up this year 🙂

#1 France: Moustache – Twin Twin

To be fair, we watched the show with the English subtitles, which made this so much better – complete nonsense 🙂

#2 The Netherlands: Calm after the storm – The Common Linnets

Not very Eurovision, but great!

#3 Denmark: Cliche love song – Basim

“the Bruno Mars one”

#4 Iceland: No Prejudice – Pollapönk

There were several songs about unity, equality, freedom and peace this year, not just standard pop – some good messaging!

#5 Malta: Coming Home – Firelight

“the Mumford and sons one”, also not very Eurovision-y but loved it

Special mentions to a few countries who did best in their categories but didn’t make my top five:
Azerbaijan for staging and costume
Spain for staging
Montenegro for choreography
Belarus for their song (called “Cheesecake”)
and Romania, for their circular piano!
circular piano





Joy

31 03 2014

I’ve posted the first definition of Joy below on here before among a longer article, but it’s come up so many times in the last couple of weeks I just wanted to share it in it’s own space.

Joy is an interesting concept. We so often think of joyful as just being happy, but it really isn’t.

In the bible it says “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: rejoice!” – Philippians 4v4. “always” would imply even when you aren’t happy.

Joy = “Unnatural reaction of deep and steady thankful trust in God”

Joy is not about how we should feel, but how we should think.

It’s almost a head vs heart thing.

When I was little my Grandma taught me the Acrostic below:

Jesus first
Others second
Yourself last


update 1st April: I’ve just added below 2 of the songs I love that focus on Joy 🙂





The Angels Knew

26 12 2013

This year at Romsey Baptist they learnt a new song over the Christmas period which we then all sang Christmas morning at the ecumenical service.

I really like it, good words and good tune, but a couple of bits I thought were particularly interesting about it.

  • It’s a bit odd how between the verses and the chorus, sometimes there’s a break of a couple of bars or so, and sometimes it goes straight in, and you can never really tell.
  • What I really like about it though is how in the chorus, I never really worked out the tune – everyone was singing different notes together and it sounded really beautiful. We were encouraged on Christmas morning to sing any harmony that fitted over it and sing like the angels!

Enjoy 🙂





Friday Five Favourite: The Piano Guys

6 09 2013

These guys are a recent discovery of mine thanks to my friend Nisha. They do really great takes on both classical and pop songs, which are generally both clever and beautiful!
As my Dad pointed out, sometimes it’s just cello and there’s not a piano in sight, but I still love it!
Here’s five of my favourites!

What makes you beautiful

Yes, I know, it’s One Direction, but it’s technically genius the different ways they get the sounds out of one instrument! Give it a chance!

Rockelbel’s Canon (take on Pachelbel’s Canon)

A very tacky video, but a great take on a classic!

Moonlight (take on Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven)

The Cello Song (Bach)

Titanium

Which is your favourite? Have you come across anything else like this?





Friday Five Favourite: Romsey Baptist Classics

23 08 2013

Growing up at Romsey Baptist Church we sung a range of songs, old hymns, 80s classics, modern stuff, and several things in between!

Years and years ago I remember a song being introduced that the worship leader said it’s one of those he’d never heard sung anywhere else but here, and I’ve noticed as I’ve now moved on from there, there’s a few songs that go on that list! So I thought I’d share them, maybe some you’ve heard before, some you haven’t, but I think that the reason they’ve stuck with me is I think they’re great, and therefore worth sharing the joy!

Maybe you’ll find something new to try out on Sunday! 🙂

Oh Lord, you are my Rock and my Redeemer
I have searched high and low for a video of this and have failed. The words are great, but the tune is so good too, I’m sad not to be able to share it!
The closest I have is just the words.

O Lord, You are my Rock and my Redeemer;
My song, You are the Strength of my life.
O Lord, You are the Shepherd of Your people;
You keep us always walking in Your light.

You brought me out of darkness,
You took away my shame;
You broke the chains that bound me,
I praise Your name!

You carry all my sorrows,
You carry all my pain;
You fill me with Your Spirit,
I praise Your name!

We recognise Your splendour,
Your greatness we proclaim;
The Alpha and Omega,
We praise Your name!

I’m gonna trust in God (How great is the love of God) – Steve Earl

The people who walk in darkness (He will be called wonderful) – David Lyle Morris

A little seasonal!

Say the Word (I simply live for You) – Hillsong

Without Jesus where were we – Romsey Baptist Young People (pretty sure no one else knows this one!)

Without Jesus where were we
Lost, rejected and all alone
He sought us out in order to save us
So we can know the Holy One

You died for me
You set me free
Now Jesus You are changing me

With my Saviour friend forever
Master, Healer, Father, King
He shows the way and gives me a purpose
In living for the Holy One





Friday five favourite: Traditional hymns

9 08 2013

There’s a reason these hymns have lasted a long time, we live in a time when there’s new worship music out all the time, but move on even 5 years, let alone decades, and which ones are you still singing? There’s a whole tonne of modern hymns coming out which are also great, but these below truly have stood the test of time.

I’ve tried wherever possible to find congregational versions rather than performances, because worship is not about a performance, it’s every person individually, coming together to make the most beautiful and powerful sound! (And that doesn’t even have to be tuneful!)

How great Thou art

Favourite bit:

And when I think that God his son not sparing,
Sent him to die – I scarce can take it in,
That on the cross my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin:

When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation
And take me home- what joy shall fill my heart!
Then I shall bow in humble adoration
And there proclaim, my God, how great thou art!

Thine be the glory

Favourite bit:

For our Lord now liveth
Death has lost it’s sting!

Thine is the glory, risen conqu’ring Son,
Endless is the vict’ry, Thou o’er death hast won.

And can it be

Favourite bit:

My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.

Amazing Grace

I couldn’t find a traditional version of this on YouTube that I liked, and I know my Dad really hates it when people take old hymns and “think they can do better by adding a bit in”, but I do like this, so excuse the modernisation for this post!
Favourite bit:

When we’ve been here ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun.
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’ve first begun.

To God be the glory

Same with this one, although actually I’ve always prefered the modernised version here. The words are still there, the same meaning and depth to them, but a slightly less “twee” tune!
Favourite bit:

The vilest offender who truly believes,
that moment from Jesus a pardon receives.

A couple of others that just missed the cut:

What are your favourite traditional hymns?