Sunday, October 28, 2007

Christmas Music Already

As a recently-outed Dark Lutheran, I love the fading away of the Church year, and eagerly await Advent, probably my favorite season of the liturgical year. There's something about spending four weeks celebrating in hushed and reverent anticipation, and the way the building excitement of Advent parallels and prefigures the sadness of Lent.

That said, we're two months out from Christmas, and there's already a Christmas albums display at Best Buy. At least it's overshadowing Halloween, in the music department anyway. And while it's not yet the Christmas season, I was quite excited to find Sufjan Stevens "Songs For Christmas" album for sale. For years, he's made a small Christmas album that he would give out to family and friends, and last year they were released for the first time as a 5-disc album. I had looked all over for it last year, and never found it in time for the holiday. Short story, I bought it and highly recommend it. It has a great mix of Christmas hymns and songs respectfully performed, as well as his own reflections on family and the holidays, including "Come On! Let's Boogey to the Elf Dance!" and "Did I Make You Cry on Christmas Day? (Well, You Deserved It!)". He's one of my favorite musicians, who despite working in the 'mainstream' Indie music scene has many songs which are far more meaningfully Christian than the vast majority of what comes out of the "Christian rock" music machine. Consider the album "Seven Swans" which covers topics like the Atonement, the Transfiguration, the Binding of Isaac, and a hauntingly beautiful reflection on the Revelation in the title track.

3 comments:

elephantschild said...

If you don't have that album along at Thanksgiving, I may have to stick a fork in your eye.

Lutheran Lucciola said...

Has anyone used the "Dark Lutheran" label before, or is Bruce slowly seducing us all back to the devil?
;-)

Bruce Gee said...

Oh, I love Sufjan. We have all of his stuff. His Xmas stuff was/is available for free on a website somewhere--google it and you'll find it.

As for the Dark Lutheran thing: I think it is an inside joke amongst serious, Confessional, non-Bronze-Age-Lutherans.
Ha! Don't tell me you haven't heard of the Bronze-Agers before???