Music for Christmas 2009

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Go Tell It On the Mountain

What Child Is This?

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

Away in a Manger

Good Christian Men, Rejoice

Good King Wenceslas

O Come, All Ye Faithful

It Came Upon the Midnight Clear

While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks

Joy To The World

Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening

Eighteenth Spring

We Will Love You

About the music

2009 Bill Englund – keyboard
David Johnson – sound engineer

Special thanks to:

  • Mercy Recordings for technical assistance in this production.
  • The people of First Baptist Church for their love and care for nearly 20 years.
  • David Johnson for his creativity and enthusiastic support of the the project.
  • Raquel Gibbs for the cover design of the CD and practical assistance.

This is a collection of the carols and hymns for the Christmas Season from several generations and a varitey of musical traditions. They’ve been arranged for keyboard and digitally orchestrated.

Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening is a familiar and ever-delightful poem by Robert Frost. My sixth grade teacher made us memorize it. Thank you Miss Handt.

The final two songs are dedicated to our daughter, April. Eighteenth Spring is a combination of the two original compositions. The first of them I wrote 40 years ago. It has the feel of a traditional folksong. The second them (based on the same chord progression) was written for April in 2008. Her melody and mine are intertwined in the third verse.

The words for We Will Love You are an adaptation of a poem, A Valentine to My Child by Daniel Houghton. It was first performed at April’s one year memorial service April 5, 2009.

-Bill Englund
September 2009