Winter Revolution: A Holiday Playlist for the Rest of Us

5 12 2010

16. Enya – “Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel”

Why it’s on the list… Enya forges a potent mixture of destiny, mystery and sadness here. It really captures the mood of someone longing for a deliverer.

For a different approach, check out the Clark Sister’s version.

Selected lyrics:

“O come, O come, Emmanuel/

And ransom captive Israel/

That mourns in lonely exile here/

Until the Son of God appear/

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel/

Shall come to thee, O Israel…”

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8 12 2010
candyce

Great playlist! And I agree that the “Praise Santa” segment from Boondocks is pretty great! “Revolution” as a Christmas selection is a great idea, too…

I’d throw in some classics like “Sweet Little Jesus Boy” (simple yet profound) and “O Holy Night” (bit of abolitionist commentary).

I’ve been listening to a classical rendition (from the London Philharmonic) of Messiah over the last few holiday seasons. There’s some good stuff that Jones didn’t include. I had “Thou shalt break them” (from Ps. 2, follows the verses sung in “Why do the nations rage…”) stuck in my head last week. And of course, there’s the famous “Hallelujah Chorus”: “The kingdom of this world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ…” Hallelujah, indeed…

Have you heard Beck’s “Little Drum Machine Boy”? Hilarious and fun. 🙂

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