I am a context person. I want the history. I want the who, what, when, where, and ESPECIALLY the why. Could this be why my 9yr-old and I can sometimes go back and forth ? We are so much alike!
If you try to tell me a story or explain something that happened to you, its very likely I’m gonna butt right in and start asking questions. Ask anyone who knows me. I want the whole picture painted. I want more information than is ever needed or necessary. If I don’t get those pieces, I have a terrible time tracking and you will lose me before you ever had me….
Let that be the segue to the songs I chose for this record.
The night we began tracking this particular song I began to ask myself: where did this song come from? Who wrote it? What is it supposed to mean for us today?
As I began the research I became a little confused and disheartened when I found that this song seemed to have very little to do with the birth of Jesus.
The latin version of this carol: Adeste Fideles, was written by John Francis Wade in 1760.It was later translated in the 1800’s by, catholic priest, Frederick Oakeley. Most of the history on this song points to it being a coded battle cry for a Jacobite Rebellion. Sounds biblical but it’s not. Having to do with a war between England and France; one group faithful to the crown of King Louis XV, another faithful to ……my voice is trailing off now…are you bored yet?
In my early church experience, taking things out of context and making them fit a particular theme or point was a common occurrence. As my belief system has had quite a paradigm shift over the years, I find that there are many biblical things we think have certain meaning for us today when we really don’t have the whole historical or cultural perspective. Before we go down the philosophical rabbit hole, let’s consider taking a moment to not be so uptight over did it really happen? Or is it just a myth? is a virgin birth really even possible? Let’s let the story of Christmas be exactly what it is: fascinating, mystifying, special.
Let’s let the song be sung to the beauty and mystery of who Jesus is: O Come all Ye Faithful. Joyful and triumphant…..O Come let us adore Him… Christ the Lord.
BTW: We decided to go pop, dancy , 4-on-the-floor with this one… I predict you’ll be rockin’ in the car while you’re doin’ some shopping!!
E.P. : An extended play (EP) is a musical recording that contains more music than a single, but is usually too short to qualify as a full studio album or LP.
HI. I’m Kim Johnson.
It has begun. The creation of my first Christmas E.P. We’ve titled it “All is Bright”. What has been a faint thought in the back of my mind for over 2 years, is somehow now taking shape. The funnest, so far, has been seeing all of the brains come together to collaborate on one little project that they deem worthy enough to spend their time and energy. In the planning stages of this project I had a close friend ask me: So what are you wanting to point people towards with this? A little annoyed by his directness, I had to stop and consider his words. What am I pointing you towards, besides some great Christmas music?
Well, imagine God was a teacher you really respected in school but were still very intimidated by, even scared of. Imagine that He pulled you aside in the hallway, with no warning, because he had something very important you needed to know. You are extremely nervous. You assume you are in trouble. To your surprise He says with a firm, prophetic, and gentle voice: “I know your heart is broken. I know you are confused. I know you don’t believe I can, but lets heal that heart of yours so that you can begin to stand in solidarity with others who feel what you have felt for so long. You are not alone. I have given the gift of music to share. Now go share it”….
I believe God put me on this planet to do something specific. To “ship” on this project represents significant ways in which I have had to begin to stop believing in the lies of my brokenness: To step out of my daydreams, drag myself off the couch, stop being jealous of what I wasn’t willing to work for, prioritize what is important to me, stop feeling guilty about asking for help,…the list goes on…Can I get an AMEN???
The scaredy-cat, crazy thoughts are continuing to loom even as I write this. I.E.Who in the world is gonna care about this anyway? What the heck am I gonna say? ETC.
I cant wait to begin sharing pics, giving lots of background info, and finally releasing something great that people can drive around in the Christmas craziness while listening in the car!!!!
Here goes nothin…;)