Songs for the Incarnation is a collection of texts both old and new that meditate on various aspects of the Incarnation of Jesus Christ. These songs explore the moments surrounding Christ's entry into the world. The guttural noise of his prophetic coming, the reverberant new song of creation, the noisy announcement of the Angel throngs, the anxious sputtering of humble shepherds, and the silent, exhausted stillness of brand new parents. We simply join our voices to the never ending strain, the 'in dulci jubilo' that will never cease, or quiet, or lose its perfect pitch and harmony. We hope you find in this new batch of songs a fresh wind for this particularly exhausted season. May you be renewed by His presence and His Spirit this advent, Christmas, and Epiphany season 2014-2015.
Again our huge thanks to these artists for stretching even their own conceptions of what constitutes the music of the "season." Most of these texts occupy the outer edges of Christmas's massive material universe. Here we find texts and songs literally wandering in from across time and space. From the Appalachian hills to the shores of Africa. From the Mission District in San Francisco (can you hear the Giants partying in the background?) to the Carolina lowlands. From the rockin' cover of The Bands "Christmas Must Be Tonight" to the victorian perfection of Christina Rossetti's "Love Came Down at Christmas." Traveling through time we hear again the 16th century tune Personent Hodie beside the year 2014 in Wendell Kimbroughs original Magnificat. Daniel Justisce Snoke introduces us to an introit from a catholic Christmas Day mass in Puer Natus Est and Luke Brodine reminds us that the Psalms are always relevant to our celebration of the story of Christ in the church year!
Also a gentle reminder that many of the NT canticles can be found on our canticles compilation, with a few on repeat here!
May you be replete with the beauty this season indwells in song.
- Bruce Benedict, November 2014