O Come, O Come, Immanuel (Centerpoint)
Another Mystery I Pose
A Gallery Carol
The Bondage Of Corruption
While Shepherds Watched
Lord Of Green & Red
Judah's Lion/Carol Of The Bells
The Heavens Declare/Wexford Carol
Flute & whistles
Jeff Johnson with narration by Dallas McKennon (ArkMusic/1990) $9.00
Total time: 31:38
By Keith Patman (© 1980)
Was it a cold awakening Christmas morning
In a wooden trough,
In spite of straw and swaddling clothes and angel songs?
That was not to be the last time you'd be laid upon the wood
(There were Herods, Judases from the start
Among the stars and shepherds).
And did they smile, those simple folk,
And kiss your tiny hands and weep delight?
They'd touch those hands again someday,
Believing you through cracks and scars.
Then oh! the million Christmas mornings
When you'd lie, a babe again,
Beneath a million million trees
And hear the countless tongues chanting your name.
And oh! the white snow on black shingles
Where icy crystals capture windows
And fires glow and mistletoe is wreathed and strung.
But ah . . . will they remember crimson
Dripping from the iron nails
And will they pray and will they know
A whiter white than
This unique project combines spoken work with emotive music and the results are stirring and breathtaking. Original and traditional compositions are mixed for a feeling of timelessness, but it is Patman's haunting poetry, read by the warm tones of McKennon, that make this more than just another Christmas album.
~ CCM (September 1990)