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O Come, O Come Emmanuel by Margaret Becker

It is hard for me to believe that we are at the end of November and the beginning of December – where does the time go?

I have long been aware of the celebration of Advent, but I haven’t had a strong understanding of it (for example, I hadn’t realized that Advent already began this past Sunday). I decided to look into it a bit in preparation for today’s post and found a very interesting article about it at Christianity.com.

I still may not understand every detail, but I learned a lot! My main takeaway is that the celebration of Advent is not only about remembering Christ’s First Coming, but also about looking forward to His Second Coming.

Various Artists *Christmas* Album Cover

Since we are at the beginning of Advent, I thought I would post about one of my favorite Christmas songs, “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.”

There are many beautiful versions of this song. To be honest, I think my all-time favorite version is the one sung by Lisa Vischer at the end of Veggie Tales’ The Star of Christmas DVD. Perhaps I will review that one at another time – for now, I wanted to pick one that better fit my station (though I personally would consider Vischer’s version to fit the rock style!)

Another version I really enjoy is by Margaret Becker.

It starts out sounding mysterious – eerie, even – then progressively builds up to a powerfully triumphant tone before winding back down again.

I find it an immensely satisfying build-up with awesome keyboards and guitars throughout (and just the right amount of drums).

The only thing I don’t like is the lack of (what I consider) a proper pause between the halves of the chorus. I find it mildly irritating, but my enjoyment of the song as a whole makes up for it.

Yesterday I discovered that several members of White Heart’s band had roles in the production, arrangement, and/or performance of the song.

Well, well – no wonder I like it so much! Knowing that now, I can definitely hear the White Heart influence in it.

Have you heard Margaret Becker’s “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”? What do you think of it? Let me know!

(The song is available for download at ChristianBook.com and other places as well.)

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Signing off until next week –

Rocking for Jesus with you!

Amanda Renée

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