Everyone I know gets excited about Christmas music at Christmas time. When I was single my rule was that I couldn't start listening to Christmas music until December 1st. However, when I moved to Nashville, I quickly discovered that there was a deeply embedded cultural tradition that the day after American Thanksgiving was not only the biggest shopping day of the year but also the day that people started listening to Christmas music... so in recent years I've given in to tradition and broken out the Christmas tunes a week earlier than I used to.
I told you about a rather classical Christmas album in my last post - here's one for those of you who have a hard time swallowing that kind of music. My band - downhere - wrote a couple of original Christmas songs last year as part of a Christmas compilation CD that our record label was working on featuring various artists on our label. One of the songs - "How Many Kings" - was released to radio this year and has been doing really well. We've had a number of requests for chord charts and such so that people can lead it in their church services during the holidays. The lyrics are pretty powerful:
Would you believe, after all we've projected,
A child in a manger?
Lowly and small, the weakest of all
Unlikeliest hero, wrapped in his mother's shawl -
Just a child -
Is this who we've waited for? 'cause...
How many kings step down from their thrones?
How many lords have abandoned their homes?
How many greats have become the least for me?
And how many gods have poured out their hearts
To romance a world that is torn all apart
How many fathers gave up their sons for me?
Bringing our gifts for the newborn Savior
All that we have, whether costly or meek
Because we believe.
Gold for his honor, and frankincense for his pleasure
And myrrh for the cross he will suffer
Do you believe?
Is this who we've waited for?
All for me...
All for you...
If you want to pick up the album to add to your Christmas collection (I don't think you'll be disappointed!), you can get a physical copy here or download it from iTunes here. You can ALSO get the accompaniment track here if you want to perform the song. Finally, if you're looking for chord charts for the song, you can download that here.