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02-24-2015, 07:47 AM
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RE: Christmas music
(12-12-2013 05:53 PM)Eva Elisabeth Wrote:  "By gracious powers" ("Von guten Mächten") is THE hymn to be sung around the turn of the year and on New Year's Day - with a wonderful tune and a sad history. It was written by Dietrich Bonhoeffer in prison shortly before the turn of the year 1944/45 while he was awaiting his execution.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Feb. 4, 1906 - Apr. 9, 1945) was a German Lutheran pastor, and member of the anti-nazi resistance movement. He was also involved in plans by members of the Abwehr (the German Military Intelligence Office) to assassinate Adolf Hitler. He was arrested in April 1943 by the Gestapo and hanged in April 1945, just 23 days before the German surrender.

It's incredible how someone can have such peace of mind to write such a hopeful song under these circumstances!

I believe A. Lincoln could have related to it in the war years!


By gracious powers

By gracious powers so wonderfully sheltered,
and confidently waiting come what may,
we know that God is with us night and morning,
and never fails to greet us each new day.

Yet is this heart by its old foe tormented,
still evil days bring burdens hard to bear;
Oh, give our frightened souls the sure salvation
for which, O Lord, You taught us to prepare.

And when this cup You give is filled to brimming
with bitter suffering, hard to understand,
we take it thankfully and without trembling,
out of so good and so beloved a hand.

Yet when again in this same world You give us
the joy we had, the brightness of Your Sun,
we shall remember all the days we lived through,
and our whole life shall then be Yours alone.

I found a nice version in English
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_UWB5Zqv_o

Thanks again Eva for sharing this song and this mans story with us.
I would never had known this.

So when is this "Old Enough To Know Better" supposed to kick in?
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02-24-2015, 09:18 AM
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RE: Christmas music
This is a BEAUTIFUL version, Gene - thanks for sharing! This song is one of my everlasting favorites.
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02-26-2015, 02:12 PM
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What about those spoofs Dave Taylor wrote and put on Boothie Barn? They are hilarious.
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12-23-2021, 10:19 AM
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On a serious note, here is a nice Christmas song that I heard for the first time 2 days ago, "Have You Heard ?".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXfaav-q...I&index=19

Merry Christmas!

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12-24-2021, 10:06 AM
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(12-23-2021 10:19 AM)Gene C Wrote:  On a serious note, here is a nice Christmas song that I heard for the first time 2 days ago, "Have You Heard ?".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXfaav-q...I&index=19

Merry Christmas!
Gene - I once had that on a viny record! Merry Xmas to you and everyone!
I just heard this nice one for the first time on the radio - have you heard?
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=f0qO04Y9Pwk
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12-25-2021, 09:02 AM
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I like that Eva.
Thanks for posting, it is a new one for me also.

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12-29-2021, 12:52 PM
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(12-07-2013 04:54 PM)Anita Wrote:  
(12-05-2013 09:06 PM)LincolnMan Wrote:  Maybe some on this Forum do not know this: President Grant is responsible for Christmas being a federal holiday in the USA. Back to Christmas music: Nat King Cole's 'Merry Christmas' is to me the definitive Chistmas recording.

Thanks Bill. I didn't know that.

And I recently found out that Mel Torme wrote the song. I didn’t know that!

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