In 1995, a collection of various CCM artists put together a Christmas album that is a nice addition to our library. The disc begins with Michael W. Smith's "Reve du Noel." ("Sing we now of Christmas; sing we all 'Noel'...")
Three tracks in is my favorite, a song I had not previously heard; "One Small Child." David Meece sings this hauntingly beautiful song. (I have heard others sing it since, and most do not do this song justice.)
"O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" is arranged on the album with a rather Jewish "sound," in the woodwinds. This hymn has been a favorite of mine since I was around seven.
"Angels We Have Heard on High" almost has a fun, glee club/a capella sound (although it is accompanied.)
"God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" has been another favorite of mine, as long as I can remember. Guess I am just drawn to Rennaisance era and other Old English sounds.
I am not debating here the issue of CCM styles in other contexts. That is not the point of this blog post. But as a Christmas CD to simply enjoy at home or in the car, this is a nice addition.