Light in Darkness

What is it?

Although it sounds almost like a contradiction in terms, the best way of describing Light in darkness is probably as “a neo-traditional Christmas carol”. It can be sung as a unison melody or in 4-part (SATB) harmony. The lyrics are my own.

Lyrics

Christ the living word is born; and
Yet so frail is he,
Bringer of salvation
To his own creation.
He is one with God the Father
For eternity;
Yet this child of promise,
Cradled In his mother's arms,
Now shines light in darkness.
Born among us, God made man:
Blessed Jesus, live within us,
Reign in glory.

Dreaming of a day when every
Tongue will call him Lord;
Tongues that once denied him,
Hands that crucified him.
He, who is the way, the truth, the life,
By heaven adored,
Sleeps in peace while angels
Praise him, bringing joy to all
Who crave light in darkness.
Born among us, God made man:
Blessed Jesus, live within us,
Reign in glory.

Hear the angels sing, proclaiming
Peace throughout the earth;
Join the hymn of blessing,
Christ the Lord confessing:
Let the praises ring in honour of
The Saviour's birth,
Let the words of gladness
Tell the world a King is born
Who brings light in darkness.
Born among us, God made man:
Blessed Jesus, live within us,
Reign in glory. Amen.

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Learn

New Christmas songs are being written every year and some are really good: but if you take the words away from the majority of them, the music in isolation tends to sound like any other song that anyone able to strum a guitar could have written. If people enjoy that, fine, but it's not for me. That's why, in Oct0ber 2009, I found myself wondering if it would be possible to compose a new Christmas carol with music that is capable in the absence of words of making people think “Christmas”. So I set myself the challenge of doing exactly that. The result is distinctly new and yet somehow reassuringly traditional. It's very much in my own style and yet has that indefinable something that makes one think of open fires, chestnuts roasting, roast turkey and other such things!