Hey Supporters, wanted to tell you about something a little different today: folk music. Some describes folk music at the salt of the earth music and I recently discovered a wonderful CD by Jim Hendricks entitled Appalachian Holiday. Jim Hendrick is considered one of the leaders of folk music. Folk music is as busy as the people who create it and it changes and flows like the streams of the mountains.
Jim Hendrick mastered several instruments and has a way of pairing the melodies and harmonies. He can play guitar, mandolin, and the autoharp. This means that his music is soulful and alive. The wonderful thing about Jim is that he has experience writing music beyond the genre of folk music. He has written country music and contemporary Christian. His music really pleases the ear.
His Christmas CD Appalachian Holiday is an old take on Christmas favorites. It contains fun songs, such as “Over the River and Through the Woods,” and traditional hymns, such as “O Holy Night.” It even contains songs such as “Coventry Carol.” These songs are beautifully imagined in the harmony of plucked strings. There are no distractions, just beautiful music.
In my experience, Christmas music can be a bit over the top. It seems as if the songs don't change much over the years, and each song has been sung by every artist, dead and alive. The beauty of this CD is that I brings the music back to itself. It reminds us to bring Christmas back to itself. The music cuts through all of the excess and all of the glamour of the season and reminds us to just listen. The strings sing together to create memories of Christmas past and future.
Appalachian Holiday is also comforting. I can imagine listening to it in front of a crackling fire beside a life Christmas tree. It takes me back to the essence of Christmas. The pleasure of this music is in the music itself. It brings out the beautiful simplicity of the melody and reminds us of the beautiful simplicity of Christmas.
This CD is essential for your Christmas music collection. This CD will be the one that you will grab on cold nights with dim lighting. It will also be the CD that you grab when you are tired of all of the modern versions of the songs that you have heard over and over. This CD is the chicken soup of the music world. It's not the fanciest version around. It doesn't have all of the flash and marketing of the modern music, but Jim Hendricks manages to create a sound that keeps you warm and soothes your soul.
Family Christian Stores sponsored this giveaway by providing me with a free copy of the CD. In addition, they are blessing one lucky reader will win a $10 Certificate to Family Christian. This giveaway will end December 15th at 12:00 AM EST. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email. If no response, a new winner will be chosen. Open to residents of the US/CAN.
Well that is all for now, please continue to pray for me and know I am praying for you.
P.S. The kindle version of Why We Give Gifts at Christmas Time and What is Love is on sale for $1.99 (that is a 30% saving) until December 8, 2014