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Christmas: An Irrational Season

by Carolyn Arends

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The Irrational Season (Prelude) (with What Child Is This, trad. Arr. Carolyn Arends) Words taken from a poem by Madeleine L’Engle Music by Carolyn Arends This is the irrational season When love blooms bright and wild For if Mary had been filled with reason There’d have been no room for the child There’d have been no room for the child © Running Arends Music/ASCAP
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Come and See 04:07
COME AND SEE Written by Carolyn Arends Have you heard, have you heard All the rumors are true Spread the word, spread the word This is such good news The dream is not a dream anymore Nothing is the same as before Come and see, come and see He is laying in the straw He’s a new baby boy Who’s the hope of us all Come and hear, come and hear It’s a sound both sweet and strange It’s the great love of God In the cry of a babe It’s the great love of God In the cry of a babe See the star, see the star It will light our way Hear the song, hear the song Hurry to the place ‘Cause if his mama says that it’s alright We can see the face of God tonight Come and see, come and see … Seeing is believing, yeah Believing is seeing, yeah Come and see, come and see … Seeing is believing, yeah Believing is seeing, yeah © Running Arends Music/ASCAP
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Do Not Be Afraid Carolyn Arends Half a woman, half a child Mary lay there sleeping Never dreaming in a little while She would hear the angel's greeting Opened her eyes to see That Gabriel had come Opened her heart to hear "You are the chosen one And do not be afraid Do not be afraid Love has found its way to you So do not be afraid" Shepherds watching their flocks by night Guarding against danger When suddenly there was a blinding light And then things got even stranger Angels in the sky Far as the eye could see Singing "Christ is born Oh -- and one more thing... Do not be afraid Do not be afraid Love has found its way to you So do not be afraid" Half believing, half afraid We celebrate the story But our lives seem about a world away From angels and their glory Open our eyes to see What Mary saw somehow Open our hearts to hear Those angels even now They're singing "Do not be afraid Do not be afraid Love has found its way to you So do not be afraid" © New Springs Publishing Inc./(ASCAP)/a division of Brentwood Benson Music Publishing, Inc.
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Angels We Have Heard on High trad., arr. by Carolyn Arends And those angels were singing ... Gloria In excelsis Deo Gloria In excelsis Deo Angels we have heard on high Sweetly singing o'er the plains And the mountains in reply Echo back their joyous strains Gloria ... Come to Bethlehem and see Him whose birth the angels sing Come adore on bended knee Christ the Lord the newborn King Gloria ... © Running Arends Music/ASCAP
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Christmas Must Be Tonight Written by Robbie Robertson Come down to the manger See the little stranger Wrapped in swaddling clothes the Prince of Peace Wheels start turning Torches start burning And behold the wisemen journey from the east How a little baby boy Could bring the people so much joy Son of a carpenter Mary carried the light This must be Christmas, must be tonight A shepherd on a hillside Where over my flock I abide On a cold winter night a band of angels sing In a dream I heard a voice Say fear not, come rejoice It is the end of the beginning, praise the newborn King How a little baby boy … Saw it with my own eyes Written up in the sky But why a lowly herdsman such as I But then it came to pass He was born at last Right below the star that shines on high How a little baby boy … © 1977 Medicine Hat Music
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IS BETHLEHEM TOO FAR AWAY? Carolyn Arends If we close our eyes, can we see the star? Can we find our path in its light? And if we are still, tell me, can we hear The song of the angels tonight? Can we find our way to the baby king? Can we worship him now in the hay? And can we believe he can change everything? Or is Bethlehem too far away? If we dream our dreams with our wisest hearts Will we dream of peace on earth? Will our lips proclaim glad tidings of The Wonderful Counselor’s birth? Can we find our way to the baby king? Can we worship him now in the hay? And can we believe he can change everything? Or is Bethlehem too far away O, little town of Bethlehem How far it must have been From heaven’s throne of glory To your humble manger scene If God saw fit to travel there Should not also we? If we seek him we will find him in The least expected place For his kingdom comes in the power and might Of his sacrifice and grace Can we find our way to the baby king? Can we worship him now in the hay? And can we believe he can change everything? Or is Bethlehem too far away? Is Bethlehem too far away? © Running Arends Music/ASCAP CCLI No. 7166816
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Now in Flesh Appearing (This is Christmas) Written by Carolyn Arends It’s December 24 Colder than the night before But it’s sure hot down in the kitchen At the Union Gospel Mission Joshua’s a volunteer He does this every single year Shares soup and conversation with some strangers And all his friends just can’t believe How he spends his Christmas Eve He says it brings him closer to the manger Well, this is Christmas A hand upon a shoulder Christmas A little peace on earth This is Christmas The sweet love of Jesus Now in flesh appearing, yeah There’s some static on the phone Half a world away from home Lisa’s mom fights back the tears “It’s Christmas Eve and you’re not here” No one could believe her plan An orphanage in Kazakhstan But Lisa knew that’s where she had to go And now she’s hugging on those kids Teaching them what Christmas is And though her family misses her they know That this is Christmas … We celebrate the Baby King And everything He came to bring Every time we give good will to men So on December 25 Or in the middle of July Any time we do what pleases Him … Then it’s Christmas Merry Christmas This is Christmas Now in flesh appearing This is Christmas … © Running Arends Music/ASCAP
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My First Christmas words and music by Carolyn Arends Well her daddy took a photograph in 1923 She was just a little baby laying by the Christmas tree And her mama knew she was way too small To remember very much at all And so she made sure to write These words on the back of that black and white This is my first Christmas First time to hear the choir sing Glory, hallelujah to the baby king And a holy night is what this is ‘Cause this is my first Christmas This is my first Christmas She was raising her own babies in the winter of ’44 Trying to make their Christmas merry while their daddy fought the 2nd World War And she slipped into the chapel on Christmas Eve Something holy happened when the preacher preached She went forward and she prayed She said I never will forget today This is my first Christmas First time that I can really sing Glory, hallelujah to the baby king And a holy night is what this is ‘Cause this is my first Christmas This is my first Christmas And it was just November past She said goodbye, and breathed her last And the great grandchildren miss her so But if she could she would let them know … This is my first Christmas First time to hear the angels sing Glory, hallelujah to the risen king And a holy night is what this is ‘Cause this is my first Christmas This is my first Christmas © Songs of Peer/Mr. Marley’s Music/ASCAP
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Go Tell It On the Mountain arr. by Carolyn Arends Go, tell it on the mountain, Over the hills and everywhere; Go, tell it on the mountain That Jesus Christ is born. While shepherds kept their watching OVer silent flocks by night, Behold, throughout the heavens There shone a holy light. The shepherds feared and trembled When lo! above the earth Rang out the angel chorus That hailed our Savior‘s birth. Down in a lowly manger The humble Christ was born, And God sent us salvation That blessed Christmas morn. © Running Arends Music/ASCAP
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THE LORD’S SERVANT Carolyn Arends Mary could not believe what was happening An angel was standing there, plain as could be Speaking to her of impossible things See Mary was young, she was humble and poor And she could not imagine what she could be used for But the Spirit within her just started to soar She said: I am the Lord’s Servant Was her heart beating wild When she said she’d obey? And did Gabriel smile As if to say … If you are willing Then our God is able To send His salvation Down to a stable And love can be born And peace can be yours If you’ll be the Lord’s servant Now Joseph was loyal and honest and true When he heard about Mary his heart broke in two And so he determined what he had to do But when he fell asleep it was not long before An angel said: Joseph, you need to know more And it was a dream that he could not ignore Because he was the Lord’s servant Did he jump out of bed? Did he run to her side? Did the words Gabriel said Race through his mind If you are willing Then our God is able To send His salvation Down to a stable And love can be born And peace can be yours If you’ll be the Lord’s servant It’s been 2000 years And yet we play a part The Messiah still comes If there’s room in your heart And if we are willing Then our God is able He sent His salvation Down to a stable So love can be born And peace can be yours If you’ll be the Lord’s servant Oh will you be the Lord’s servant? © Songs of Pier/Mr. Marley’s Music/ASCAP
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Come Thou Long Expected Jesus PD, arranged by Carolyn Arends Come, Thou long-expected Jesus Born to set Thy people free From our fears and sins release us Let us find our rest in Thee Israel's strength and consolation Hope of all the earth Thou art Dear desire of every nation Joy of every longing heart Born Thy people to deliver Born a child and yet a king Born to reign in us forever Now Thy gracious kingdom bring By thine own eternal spirit Rule in all our hearts alone By thine own sufficient merit Raise us to thy glorious throne Israel's strength and consolation Hope of all the earth thou art Dear desire of every nation Joy of every longing heart Come, Jesus, come Joy of every longing heart Come, Jesus, Come © Running Arends Music/ASCAP
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A CHRISTMAS BLESSING Carolyn Arends May your receive the good gift of laughter May you feel the love of your friends near and far May you be filled with the joy of the season And may there be peace in your home and your heart May the Christmas star light your way Even today, even today May the angel choir ring in your ear “Christ is here, Christ is here” May the one who has come guide you and keep you May you seek his face as all wise men still do And may Bethlehem’s road rise up to meet you Till you find him and see that God is with you May the Christmas star light your way … Oh may Bethlehem’s road rise up to meet you Till you find him and see that God is with you May you find him and see that God is with you May the Christmas star light your way … © New Spring Publishing/Songs of Pier/Mr. Marley’s Music/ASCAP
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The Irrational Season (Postlude) (with What Child Is This, trad. Arr. Carolyn Arends) Words from a poem by Madeleine L’Engle Music by Carolyn Arends This is the irrational season When love blooms bright and wild For if Mary had been filled with reason There’d have been no room for the child There’d have been no room for the child © Running Arends Music/ASCAP

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Produced by Carolyn Arends and Roy Salmond
8 Arends’ originals, plus interpretations of 4 Christmas classics
Title and Prologue/Epilogue inspired by a poem by Madeleine L’Engle

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"A lush, yet simple, vibrant yet reverent Christmas album … this disc will easily become a favourite for your holiday listening collection.”
– CCMPlanet

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released November 2, 2004

Liner Notes
Produced by Carolyn Arends
Associate Producer: Roy Salmond
Recorded and mixed at Whitewater Studio, Surrey, BC
Band recorded by Pat Glover, overdubs recorded by Roy Salmond (with additional button pushing by Carolyn Arends)
Mixed by Greg Reely
Mastered by Gavin Lurssen at The Mastering Lab, Los Angeles, California

Art direction: Brent Flink and Carolyn Arends
Design: Brent Flink for Indivisual Design
Cover art and package illustrations: Robert Ellis Oral
Photography: www.Kharen Hill.com
Photo Assist: Sven Boecker and Sean Ponsford
Digital Imaging by Nicholas Jan at the Lab Vancouver
Styling: Tracey Pincott
Hair and make-up: Trudi Egerton Ball

The Band:

Randall Stoll (RS) – drums and percussion
Rene Worst (RW) – electric, acoustic, arco and fretless bass
Roy Salmond (RKS) – things with keys, electric guitar, percussion and backing vocals
Spencer Capier (SC) – things with strings and backing vocals
Carolyn Arends (CA) – vocals, acoustic guitars

Many of the arrangements on this album began with live versions by the Carolyn Arends trio…Carolyn Arends, Spencer Capier and Spencer Welch.

The Irrational Season (Prelude)
RS – drums
RW – acoustic bass, arco
RKS – piano, electric guitar
SC – violin, bouzouki
CA – acoustic guitar

Come and See
RS – drums, percussion
RW – fretless bass
RKS – accordion, gourd
SC – electric guitar
CA – acoustic guitar
Harmony vocals – Spencer Welch, Roy Salmond, Carolyn Arends

Do Not Be Afraid
RS – drums
RW – acoustic bass
RKS – piano, electric guitar, shaker, Tibetan bell
SC – mandolin
CA – acoustic guitar
Steve Bell – harmony vocals

Angels We Have Heard on High
RS – drums
RS – acoustic bass
RKS – piano, organ, tambourine
SC – mandolin
CA – acoustic guitar
Vocal Ensemble – Glenda Orton, Brett Wade, Francis Duncan, Louanne Menser

My First Christmas
RW – drums
RS – acoustic bass
RKS – piano, horns
SC – electric guitar
CA – acoustic guitar, harmony vocals

The Lord’s Servant
RW – drums
RS – bass
RKS – piano, electric guitar
SC – acoustic guitar
CA – 12-string guitar
Harmony vocals – Spencer Welch, Spencer Capier, Carolyn Arends

Now in Flesh Appearing
RW – drums, jingle bells
RS – bass
RKS – piano, electric sitar, crunch guitar, shaker
SC – electric guitar
CA – acoustic guitar
Harmony vocals – Glenda Orton, Brett Wade, Carolyn Arends

Christmas Must Be Tonight
RS – drums
RW – bass
RKS – piano, organ, glockenspiel, harmony vocals
SC – electic guitar, mandolin
CA – acoustic guitar
Special thanks to The Clumsy Lovers for the background vocal ideas.

Go Tell It On the Mountain
RS – drums
RW – bass
RKS – piano, electric guitar, organ, tambourine
SC –- mandolin
CA – acoustic guitar
Vocal Ensemble – Glenda Orton, Brett Wade, Francis Duncan, Louanne Menser

Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus
RS – drums
RW – acoustic bass
RKS – Wurlitzer, synth
SC – Baritone guitar
CA – acoustic guitar
Harmony vocals – Spencer Welch, Roy Salmond

Is Bethlehem Too Far Away
RS – drums, percussion
RW – acoustic bass
RKS – piano, organ, shaker
SC – bouzouki
CA – acoustic guitar
Harmony vocals – Glenda Orton, Brett Wade, Spencer Capier

A Christmas Blessing
RS – drums
RW – acoustic bass
RKS – piano, accordion, rain-stick-shaker
SC – violin
CA – acoustic guitar, hi-strung guitar
Harmony vocals – Spencer Welch, Carolyn Arends

The Irrational Season (Postlude)
RS – drums
RW – acoustic bass
RKS – piano, electric guitar
SC – bouzouki
CA – acoustic guitar

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Carolyn Arends Vancouver, British Columbia

"One of the most affecting communicators in any genre." - Billboard Magazine

Carolyn Arends has released 14 albums and is the author of 3 critically-acclaimed books. 15 of Arends’ songs have become top 10 radio singles on the Canadian pop and US Christian charts. Arends has earned 2 Dove Awards, 3 Juno Nominations, and was recognized as the West Coast Music Awards’ Songwriter of the Year. ... more

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