I have decided which song I will record for Christmas this year as part of my December Project, and it is:
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.
I selected this song for a few reasons, enumerated below.
- It speaks to the theology of Christmas in a deep and meaningful way.
- The tune I'm using, Veni Emmanuel, is a beautiful and old French melody, dating from the 1400s or prior.
- The lyrical themes originated as early as the 800s, though the earliest recorded Latin text of the song is from 1710 (Germany).
- There are many widely-accepted verses, so I can choose the ones that carry the most meaning for me and include them in my recording.
- I was playing around on our piano today and came across a chord progression I liked - Gm6/4 moving to D major - and as I did a little more with it the melody of this song came out. It turned out to be in a key and range that was good for my voice so I felt my way through some chords for the rest of the song and settled on it as my choice.
One challenge I face with this selection is that I'm familiar with renditions of this song recorded by artists I regard very highly, including Peter Furler, Kevin Max, and David Crowder*Band - so it may be difficult not to borrow from their interpretations of the song. On the other hand, Christmas music is so widely recorded that people are used to hearing multiple artists record the same song.
I'm very much looking forward to recording O Come, O Come, Emmanuel and I look forward to sharing it with you!