It's been a while since I've had a giveaway here but it's time! I love Advent and Christmas music so much. I especially love great music and most of the albums I have aren't going to be heard on the local fluff pop radio stations. (That's probably good because we hold off on the Christmas music until Christmas. Last year one of the local stations that had been playing Christmas music since Halloween stopped playing it in the middle of Christmas Day so I'm glad we have a whole bunch of our own!)
Finding music that is more Advent appropriate is tough, though! I guess that does help punctuate the silence and quiet of the season but it's lovely to have some good music to help us enter in as well. This album and the first four tracks of this one have joined us the last few years but I am really happy to have found another album that is perfect for both Advent and Christmas.
O Emmanuel is a new release from Dynamic Catholic written by composer and musician J.J. Wright featuring the Notre Dame Children's Choir.
"It’s not just another Christmas album. is an extraordinary journey to rediscover the joy of Christmas through a harmonious blend of children’s voices, a jazz piano trio, adult vocal soloists, and creative renditions of traditional Advent and Christmas melodies. Tapping into his expertise in sacred music, Wright incorporates the sacred texts of the “O Antiphons” to help tell the story of Jesus’ birth. (The “O Antiphons” are the hymns sung at evening prayers during the final seven days of Advent.) With a perfect combination of ancient and modern, traditional and original, is an unforgettable listening experience that will quickly become a Christmas favorite."
The songs include plenty of original work but also contain within them new twists on beautiful traditional music that is creative while, I think, still maintaining respect and reverence for the original work. There is a wide genre of types of music represented throughout the album. The jazz rifts pulled me out of my comfort zone in a good way and as someone who loves to sing, I really appreciated the phenomenal talent of the soloists. The tracks take one from the Annunciation to Christmas Day making it a perfect fit for Advent or Christmas. The focus on the O Antiphons is a wonderful idea and something that can help bring back and teach this beautiful but often unlearned piece of Advent tradition. (I had never even heard of the O Antiphons until a few years ago!) I also adore the album cover design!
Tracks on the album:
VIII. When the Sun Rises in the Morning Sky
IX. Christ the Lord is Born Today
You can order O Emmanuel here and for more of the story behind the music you can watch the video below.
I'm blessed to know much of the Wright family personally and feel proud to see someone and something like this come out of our community here. I have 10 (yes ten!) copies to give away this week! I'll be giving away five here on the blog and five on my Facebook page. So you have two ways to enter:
1. To enter on the blog, simply leave a comment below! (PLEASE make sure that your email address is linked with your username so I can contact you OR leave your email in the comment.) That's it!
2. To get another chance on the Facebook page, simply go to the page, make sure you've 'liked' the PAGE so I can contact you, and leave a comment on the giveaway post. Yes, you can enter in both places for double the chance!
Giveaway will be closed 12 a.m. next Thursday the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, one week from today. I'll be picking winners for both that day. Please make sure I have a way to contact you if you win!
Good luck and blessed Advent!