When I think back to Christmases growing up, some of my favorite memories include my family sitting around the old piano in our living room, singing Christmas songs together. With this CD, I'm inviting you to join in that tradition, to come hang out in my living room, sit around my piano with me, and take some time to slow down and remember Christmas. I pray you are able to take time during this busy season to enjoy sacred moments with your loved ones, and to remember what we are truly celebrating:
"For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." (Isaiah 9:6)
Produced by Beth Champion Mason
Recorded at BCM Music Productions, Suffolk, Virginia
Beth Champion Mason: Vocals, BGVS, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Synth, Percussion, Miscellaneous
Joe Mazza: Bass, Electric Guitar on “What Child Is This?” (recorded at The 509, Denver, Colorado)
Mixed and Mastered by Joe Mazza, The 509, Denver, Colorado, www.joemazza.com
Photography by Lance Mason
Graphics design by Beth Champion Mason
“I Remember Christmas” and “Grace is Born” by Beth Champion Mason (BMI).
“O Come, O Come Emmanuel” Translated by John M. Neale and Henry S. Coffin. Music possibly 12th century.
“O Come All Ye Faithful” Words by John F. Wade. Arrangement and new lyrics by Kim Hill, Jamie Kenney, and Chris Graffagnino.
“I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” Words by Henry Longfellow. Music traditional, with some changes by Beth Champion Mason.
“What Child Is This?” Words by William Chatterton Dix. Music traditional (“Greensleeves”).
“O Holy Night” Words by J.S. Dwight. Music by Adolphe Adam.
“Silent Night” Words by Joseph Mohr. Music by Franz Gruber.
Lyrics for the two original songs:
“I Remember Christmas”
It’s December 21st and it should be snow but it’s rain, falling on my windshield as the traffic stops in all four lanes. The car behind me blares the horn, so I turn up the radio, and the simple sounds of “Silent Night” take me back to long ago.
I remember Christmas before the world set in, before the bills and deadlines loomed, when I was just a kid. The frosty air was magical, searching for the perfect tree, and the scent of pines went to our heads till we swore we heard angels sing. (At home we’d gaze for hours at amazing twinkling lights, all the stockings hung, now we just had to wait, and all was calm, all was bright.) I lost it somehow, but I think maybe I could find it again, ‘cause I remember Christmas before the world set in. I wonder how I got here in this jaded state of mind, caught up in this frenzy, worried about money, about time. I see the crowds of people as I pull up to the store, but I don’t get out, just look up and ask, “What is all this rushing for?” The perfect gift of love came down to shed His light on us, but sometimes we lose sight of all the wonder that is Christmas. Tonight I’m gonna turn this car around and head back home to those I love and make some brand new memories of my own. I remember Christmas before the world set in, and looking through a child’s eyes, I think I’ll find it again. At home we’ll gaze for hours at amazing twinkling lights, all the stockings hung, now we just have to wait, and all is calm, all is bright. I lost it somehow, but I think maybe I can find it again, ‘cause I remember Christmas before the world set in. I remember Christmas…I’m gonna find it again.
“Grace Is Born”
The angels sang, "Goodwill to men and peace be on the earth!" But we've heard it time and time again till it starts to lose its worth. But the miracle that happened there still remains the same. Maybe we just need to hear the song sung in another way. What if the angels sang… Grace is born to you this day! Perfect Love lies in the hay. Hope is sleeping wrapped up in a tiny manger bed. Peace has come to walk the earth, Salvation's born in Jesus' birth. What they really meant to say is (What we really need to say is): “Grace is born today!” Now we all recite that glorious night and the words the angels sang with our songs so sweet, but could it be we lose sight of the reason He came? But the miracle that happened there will never change or fade. Maybe we just need to sing out the song in another way. What if instead we sang… Gloria, in excelsis Deo! Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Thank you God for giving the best Christmas gift of all time… grace, wrapped up in the form of a tiny baby. Because Jesus came, we can know you and life can be beautiful. Thank you Lord for the reminder of that we get at Christmas! Thanks so much to Joe Mazza—I’ve said it before, but seriously, you rock! I think we make a pretty good team. I’m so grateful that God allowed our paths to cross! Here’s to lots more collaborations in the future. Thank you, thank you, thank you to Mom & Dad for all the extra babysitting while I tried to pull off an entire CD project in a matter of weeks (what was I thinking?!). I love you both so much! Thank you to my sweet son Jonathan for being content to play iPad on the studio couch for so many hours while Mommy had to work. And last but not least, thank you Lance for all your love and support, for encouraging me to keep on doing this... and for taking great pictures! I love you, honey.