Advent begins November 30. Wow, how time flies! I’m delighted to share songs from my new album JOYFUL Â that are appropriate for Advent as well as Christmas. Read moreÂ about the 11 songs and arrangements on theÂ projectÂ here.
ADVENT IS A TIME OF ANTICIPATION
In his article “Advent is Not Christmas”, worship pastorÂ Drew Causey points out that Advent Â is not Â “pre-Christmas Christmas”Â Â but rather a time of preparation, and even tension, as our worship services anticipate the incarnation of our Savior.
This is the sentiment Charles Wesley captured in hisÂ lyric first published in 1744,Â Hymns For The Nativity of Our Lord. (Link:Â Article on Come Thou Long Expected…”)
ABOUT THIS ARRANGEMENT AND RECORDING
On my new Christmas album “JOYFUL!”,Â I changed the harmonization, but stayed with the traditional melody familiar to Methodists of Â “Hyfrydol”.
Christopher Lowry and I recorded this acoustic guitar / violas / percussion arrangement of “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus”. Chris is a musical genius. Â He wroteÂ these beautiful string arrangements, then we overdubbed a bazzillion tracks of viola andÂ percussion on most of theÂ songs on the project.
DOWNLOAD FREE FOR A VERY LIMITED TIME (CHARTS TOO!)
You can download the audio recording, lead sheet and chord/lyric charts of my arrangement for free (for a very limited time).
If you’re a worship dude, or dudette, this could be just in the nick of time.Â Enjoy!
Listen on the Bandcamp player below. To download the audio for free, click here.
“COME THOU LONG EXPECTED JESUS” SAMPLE FROM JOYFUL! SONGBOOK
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Another reason I’m doing this is to raise awareness and funds for our 2015 missions projects inÂ the BalkansÂ and other nations.Â
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