Sunday, January 03, 2016
Epiphany Sunday hymns--Wise Men Seeking Jesus, Tell Us Wise Men, more!
Seven Epiphany Sunday hymns, played by your blogger on his Casio WK-3800, with multi-tracking and MAGIX Audio Cleaning Lab MX effects.
All but two are traditional tunes--meaning, of course, that no one knows who wrote them. See (hear?) if you agree that the melody to Touching Grace, We Princes Three is very much like the one used by Simon and Garfunkel for Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme.
Wise Men Seeking Jesus is probably my favorite, owing to Alonzo Potter Howard's wonderful march tune (titled "Lonely Midnight"). Now you know.
Epiphany is Jan. 6, so this is actually the Sunday before Epiphany. Jan. 6 is the 12th day of Christmas. Epiphany was originally an Eastern tradition, of course, and, as a Nativity celebration, it was established earlier than Christmas in some places. I think of it as Nativity, Part 2, but that's just me.
Here in the old farmhouse, we didn't have our usual creches-everywhere festival this year, and I missed it. Just one small, made-in-Hong-Kong creche for the kitchen windowsill. With everything going on, we barely got set up for the holiday. This is our first time with a non-real tree (a table-top ceramic type, with removable lights). One plus is that the cats don't pee on it. Plus, I don't have to haul it to the dead-branch pile. It has its advantages.
In other Christmas news, the Pew Research Center reports that 92 percent of Americans celebrate the holiday. So, naturally, some folks are concerned about such an appalling lack of inclusivity, and they wonder, Can't We All Just Share Christmas? because, clearly, if only 92 percent of Americans are celebrating Christmas, then precious little holiday sharing is happening. The solution: make Christmas all about them (the folks on the panel). Hey, I want it to be all about ME! No fair.
Somehow, we've got to figure out how to make the holiday work. A 1700-plus-year feast celebrated by 9 out of 10 Americans is a sad tale of failure, any way you slice it. Break out the holiday life-support kit! And enjoy the cool sounds from my Casio WK-3800 synthesizer....
Click here to hear: Epiphany Sunday hymns
1. God Bless You, All
2. Touching Grace, We Princes Three
3. Good King Wenceslas
4. Wise Men Seeking Jesus (Howard)
5. Brightest and Best of the Sons of the Morning (Harding)
6. Tell Us Wise Men
7. On This Day Earth Shall Ring (Arr: Holst)
Lee Hartsfeld, Casio WK-3800