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Red: Season of Grace

Red: Season of Grace

[CD]

~ Opus Mellifera

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This instrumental album is dedicated to finding the true Spirit of Christmas during the sometimes less-than-perfect holidays. It begins with a unique medley of songs inviting you to stop and listen, followed by Christmas carols focusing on the different fruits of the true Spirit of Christmas: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-control. After a song of response, the album concludes with a peaceful blend of Silent Night and Braham's Lullaby. You may be asking what Opus Mellifera means. The name is derived from the Latin name for the western honey bee, Apis Mellifera, or 'honey bearing' (Mellifera) 'bee' (Apis). My name, Debbie, means honey bee, and I desire to write words and music that provide sweet nourishment for the soul, hence Opus Mellifera--'honey-bearing composition'. When my mother, a sometimes feisty redhead from Boston, died on Christmas Day a few years ago, the day was tarnished until I realized the incredible gift of God to invite her through grace into His presence on the day we celebrate Jesus' birthday. 'RED: Season of Grace' is a tribute to God's overflowing grace--not only for feisty redheads but for all who trust in the deep love-driven sacrifice of His Son so that any who accept Him would be able to live in His presence in peace with joy forever. Lyrics and the Stories Behind the Songs Come Hear and See - Invitation to stop and find the true Spirit of Christmas. Come: Angels We Have Heard on High sweetly singing o'er the plains, and the mountains in reply, echo back their joyous strains. Come to Bethlehem and see Him whose birth the angels sing, come adore on bended knee, Christ the Lord the newborn King, Gloria in excelsis Deo. Angels We Have Heard on High is my first favorite Christmas Carol. After arranging a unique bass line I discovered another song that spoke about listening could fit into the same bass line and blended it in. In thinking about something visualizing the call to come, I thought of the Star of Bethlehem and a third song came to mind which also fit into the medley. The title then arose--Come, Hear and See. The initial song about hearing is not in public domain to be used freely, so I substituted a hymn that speaks to listening. The additional two songs in the medley are: Go Tell It on the Mountain (over the hills and everywhere, go tell it on the Mountain that Jesus Christ is born) Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, how I wonder what you are. High above the world so high, like a diamond in the sky, twinkle, twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are. Glory at Your Birth - The Spirit is Love You came down to us, leaving Your glory, You left Your kingly throne up above. Born in a stable, You chose to live among us all because of Your redeeming love. Glory to God in the heavens, Glory on earth. Glory to God in the highest! Glory at Your birth. You left the praises of angels in heaven, You came to earth and heard the scorn of men. You bore our sin and our sorrow and frailty so that we might be born again. Worthy of honor, You chose to be a Servant, You brought a gift that only You could give. Arms opened wide to those who would receive You, You bled and died, so we could live. I am amazed at the humility and grace of the Lord Jesus who left the perfection and glories of heaven to enter our world as one of us, with all it's sin and dirt and failures, to walk among us, being misunderstood and even scorned and hated, to die in our place so that we could be forgiven and restored to relationship with the Heavenly Father, starting now and lasting forever in eternity, joyfully forever in His presence. In writing the music, I used the higher notes on the keyboard to reflect what is going on in heaven, and the lower notes to reflect the Lord's journey down to the depths for us. Throughout the song if you listen carefully, you will hear the presence of the angels, reflecting that in our lives as well, no matter what we go through, God is always with us, although sometimes it's challenging to feel His presence. Joy to the World - the Spirit brings joy Joy to the World the Lord is come, let earth receive her King. Let every heart prepare Him room and heav'n and nature sing, and heav'n and nature sing, and heav'n and heav'n and nature sing. Joy to the earth! The Savior reins; let men their songs employ; while fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains repeat the sounding joy. No more let sins and sorrows grow, nor thorns infest the ground; He comes to make His blessings flow far as the curse is found. He rules the world with truth and grace, and makes the nations prove the glories of His righteousness, and wonders of His love. Just had fun arranging and playing this. The initial verse is one solid note in the bass line, the second verse is arpeggio, then the third verse climbs up the keyboard to play like a music box. The last verse combines all three. Pastoral Symphony - the Spirit brings peace. From the Messiah, there are no words, just sweet sounds of the sheep at peace because of the Shepherd. Away in a Manger - the Spirit is kind. Away in a Manger, no crib for a bed, the little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head; the stars in the bright sky looked down where He lay, the little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay. The cattle are lowing, the Baby awakes, but little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes. I love Thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky, and stay by my cradle till morning is nigh. Good Christian Men Rejoice - the Spirit brings goodness Good Christian men, rejoice with heart and soul and voice! Give ye heed to what we say: Jesus Christ is born today; ox and lamb before His bow, and He is in the manger now. Christ is born today! Christ is born today! Good Christian men, rejoice with heart and soul and voice! Now ye need not fear the grave; Jesus Christ was born to save! Calls you one and calls you all to gain His everlasting hall. Christ was born to save! Christ was born to save! The sound makes me smile, and I picture even perhaps portly men rejoicing, all because of God's goodness. The song finishes with a final laugh. O Come All Ye Faithful - the Spirit brings faithfulness. O Come All Ye Faithful joyful and triumphant, o come ye, o come ye to Bethlehem. Come and behold Him born the King of Angels. O come let us adore Him, o come let us adore Him, o come let us adore His Christ the Lord. Yea, Lord, we greet Thee, born this happy morning, Jesus, to Thee be all glory giv'n. Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing. Come Unto Him - the Sprit is gentle. Come unto Him, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and He will give you rest. Take His yoke upon you, and learn of Him; for He is meek and lowly of heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. From Handel's Messiah and Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus is gentle in restoring wounded souls. We Three Kings - the Spirit brings self-control. We Three Kings of Orient are bearing gifts we traverse afar. Field and fountain, moor and mountain, following yonder star. O, star of wonder, star of night, star with royal beauty bright. Westward leading, still proceeding...guide us to thy perfect Light. What a journey this must have been--riding camels on a long journey to Bethlehem. Not only did the magi have endurance and self control to stay on track following the star to the ultimate destination, but so did the camels. Listen for their feet plodding onward, forward, through the entire song. Room For Your Holiness. Responding to the Spirit. Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty! Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee; Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty! God in three persons, blessed Trinity! Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore Thee, casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea; Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee, which wert and art, and evermore shalt be. Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne and Thy kingly crown when Thou camest to earth for me; but in Bethlehem's home there was found no room for Thy holy nativity. O come to my heart, Lord Jesus! There is room in my heart for Thee. My mother died on Christmas Day in 2006, after we'd spent the Thanksgiving holiday in the hospital with both her and my Dad, then packing their home to move into a new living situation. My brother asked for a processional song for her memorial service, so I arranged and played Holy, Holy, Holy, her favorite hymn. Over the next few years, including when her birthday fell between Good Friday and Easter, we 'happened' to sing Holy, Holy, Holy in church at every holiday (including the day before Columbus Day), a gentle reminder from the LORD of His presence and grace for every day--not only during each holiday, but every day as well. Silent Night Lullaby - the Spirit is near to us. Silent Night, Holy Night, all is calm, all is bright. 'Round yon virgin mother and Child, holy Infant so tender and mild, sleep in heavenly peace, sleep in heavenly peace. Silent Night, Holy Night. Shepherds quake at the sight, glories stream from heaven a far, heavn'ly hosts sing Alleluia. Christ the Savior is born. Silent night, holy night! Son of God, love's pure light, radiant beams from Thy holy face, with the dawn of redeeming grace, Jesus Lord at Thy birth. Braham's Lullaby: Lullaby and goodnight, with roses bedlight with lilies o'er spread is baby's wee bed. Lay Thee down now and rest, may Thy slumber be blessed. Lay Thee down now and rest, may Thy slumber be blessed. Lullaby and goodnight, Thy mother's delight, bright angels beside my darling abide. They will guard Thee at rest, Thou shall wake on my breast. (I capitalized Thee and Thy). Silent Night is such a standard for Christmas carols. I wanted to close with a variation of Silent Night--and Braham's Lullaby blended in. My prayer is that the lyrics and music to this album will bring you into the sweet and real presence of God through the gift of grace in Jesus.

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Artist: Opus Mellifera
Title: Red: Season of Grace
Genre: Christian
Release Date: 2/1/2014
Label: CD Baby
Product Type: CD
Catalog #: 5638243356
UPC: 889211206858
Item #: 1441146X
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