How do you get the kids to stay in bed on Christmas Eve?
Put this solo piano Christmas album on repeat and they will be out like a light. This is kid tested. In fact, this album is so relaxing that one of my daughters sleeps to it year round!
So, how did such a lovely album develop? Well, I love the beauty and simplicity of Christmas hymns. They take me back to Christmas as a child in Upstate New York, singing through the hymnal at church with family and friends. For this album, I picked several old favorites and composed arrangements that are exquisite and unique. They are enjoyable as background music for a quiet dinner or for candlelight worship.
They are a soothing reminder that when Jesus Christ came into the world, giving up the glories of heaven to be with us, he was making a bold statement: You. Are. Priceless! The moment we embraced this humbling reality was the moment when 'the soul felt its worth'.
- 12 fully-mastered songs
- Christmas music worth repeating!
The album is also available in CD format:
Review by Kathy Parsons
Light Has Come begins with “O Holy Night.” I find it really interesting that when I was growing up, this gorgeous song always seemed to be presented in a dark, almost tragic setting. Over the past couple of decades, the mood of the song has lightened considerably, and Thomas’ arrangement is almost light-hearted and celebratory, which seems right. Although the title sounds depressing, “In the Bleak Midwinter” conveys the stillness and quiet of a winter landscape. Thomas’ arrangement is very peaceful and very beautiful. “Go Tell It on the Mountain” is light and playful. “How Great Our Joy” and “Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light” were not familiar to me, but both are beautiful traditional German carols with reflective, haunting melodies. “Silent Night” makes great use of the piano dampers to create a feeling of shimmering stillness and open space - an exceptionally nice arrangement of this Christmas standard. “Picardy/Carol of the Bells” is the medley, and it’s another haunting beauty. “Picardy” is an old French carol and the melody has been used for several carols, including “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence.” I’m always amazed at how well “Carol of the Bells” adapts to so many different styles and treatments, and this one is exceptional - my favorite track on the album! “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear” is light and joyful, bringing this lovely Christmas album to a close with a smile.