Loving You (Blog)

Loving You by Julie-Ann JoyHappy 2021! Warm Greetings to you and Wishing you a year filled with Unexpected Joy and Blessings!

Many years ago, while grieving from a broken heart, the Lord God inspired me to write Loving You to tell me He is my Provider, Protector, and Lover of my Soul. Though my future was uncertain at the time, it was the beginning of surrendering my Independent Life for God-Dependent Living.  Read the full story

In January 2018, the Lord God blessed me with an Artist Support Grant from the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis to produce my second album “Silver Bells Songs of Christmas JOY!When my producer Peter Vantine suggested that I record one of my original songs, I decided to include “Loving You” in the album. I believe the Lord God wants me to share this song with the rest of the world, so that others can be inspired to love God and live a God-Dependent Life.
Mark 12:30-31

In addition to the album,Loving You” is also the first single I released as Julie-Ann Joy.

You can listen on Spotify if you’re a subscriber or YouTube. This is the Jan. 1st and final Song Blog in (my) Julie-Ann Joy’s 2020 Christmas Playlist. Thank you for reading my blog and listening to my playlist.

Can you help grow my audience by ordering my Christmas CD or sharing this page so that your network of contacts can also enjoy my Christmas Album?

Thank you so very much!

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Here With Us

Silver Bells Song List
Silver Bells Song List

Psalm 8:3-4 says:

When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?

As I was looking through the “100 Most Beautiful Christmas Songs” songbook, I came across this song published in 2005 by Joy Williams, Ben Glover, and Jason Ingram. Before I even listened, I read the lyrics and it immediately touched my heart and I was overwhelmed with reverence for God’s Gift of Love. This song reveals God’s salvation plan for all mankind. Here’s my recording of “Here With Us” and I encourage you to listen with your heart, mind, and soul.

(Chorus)
Hallelujah, hallelujah

Heaven’s love reaching down to save the world
Hallelujah, hallelujah, son of God, servant King
Here with us, You’re here with us.

You can also listen on Spotify if you’re a subscriber or YouTube. This is the Dec. 30 Song Blog from (my) Julie-Ann Joy’s 2020 Christmas Playlist. Check back everyday until New Year’s Day as I add another song to my playlist.

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Let us Adore Him

Prayer Improvisations Christmas“Adeste Fidelis” is the original Latin title of the Christmas hymn carol known as “O Come, All Ye Faithful.” For many years the writer and composer was unknown. According to Kenneth Osbeck, the hymn was first published in 1751 in the collection “Cantus Diversi” by John Francis Wade, who wrote and composed this Latin hymn carol in 1744. One hundred years after its publication, the carol was translated into English by Frederick Oakeley, an Anglican minister.

John 1:14 New International Version (NIV)
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

As I listen to the Prayerful Improvisation of this beloved Christmas carol performed by Peter Vantine, I reflect on John 1:14 and then think of the third verse of this carol. I invite you to do the same and perhaps realize that the phrase “O come, let us adore Him Christ the Lord!” is an invitation for all of us to do likewise.

Yea, Lord, we greet Thee, born this happy morning
Jesus, to Thee be glory given
Word of the Father
Now in flesh appearing
O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
Christ the Lord!

Listen on Spotify if you’re a subscriber or YouTube. This is the Dec. 29 Song Blog from (my) Julie-Ann Joy’s 2020 Christmas Playlist. Check back everyday until New Year’s Day as I add another song to my playlist.

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Sing Joy!

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Silver Bells Song List

This medley arrangement by Mark Hayes includes the following Christmas carols and songs:

  • Joy To The World
  • For Unto Us a Child is Born
  • O Come All Ye Faithful

The bells orchestrated into the medley by Peter Vantine, adds a majestic ring to the entire medley that weaves in the message of Christmas beautifully! Listen and reflect on the words and let them breath new life into your heart and soul.

Joy to the World the Lord is Come! Let earth receive her King!
Let every heart prepare Him room and heaven and nature sing.

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given
And His name shall be called:
Wonderful Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace!

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, Christ the Lord!

You can also listen on Spotify if you’re a subscriber or YouTube. This is the Dec. 28 Song Blog from (my) Julie-Ann Joy’s 2020 Christmas Playlist. Check back everyday until New Year’s Day as I add another song to my playlist.

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Angels We Have Heard

Gloria in Excelsis Deo. “Glory to God in the Highest.” In his book “Amazing Grace 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories of Daily Devotions, 2nd Edition,” Kenneth Osbeck writes:

“The Bible teaches that angels are the ministering servants of God and that they are continually being sent to help and protect us, the heirs of Salvation. Certainly, their most important task, however, was this momentous occasion announcing Christ’s arrival on earth!”

Prayer Improvisations ChristmasTo ease your mind, heart, and soul on this Lord’s Day. Listen to Peter Vantine in his piano solo recording of this French Carol, while you reflect on Luke 2:14 New International Version (NIV):

“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

Are you an heir of Salvation? When you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. You become an heir of Salvation and have Peace that transcends all understanding because God’s favor rests on you.

Listen on Spotify if you’re a subscriber or YouTube. This is the Dec. 27 Song Blog from (my) Julie-Ann Joy’s 2020 Christmas Playlist. Check back everyday until New Year’s Day as I add another song to my playlist.

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Joy To The World

“Let heaven and nature sing, Joy to the world the Lord has Come!” This is the reason the birth of Jesus Christ is celebrated by Christians around the world. The Lord has come to earth. JOY Album - Steven Curtis Chapman Hymn writer and English Christian minister, Isaac Watts wrote this song. It was first published in England in 1833, and popularized by American church music composer, Lowell Mason.

Hymnologist Kenneth Osbeck writes, “‘Joy to the World’ is a paraphrase of the last part of Psalm 98.” He also adds “…this psalm was intended by Watts to be a New Testament expression of praise. It exalts the salvation that began when God became incarnate…”

Jesus is “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” He came as a baby and grew up to be a man who was without sin. The perfect sacrifice to atone (make amends) for the sins of man. The Messiah (Savior).  William Peterson writes “We need to look back and praise God for the glorious gift of his Son, Jesus. But we should also look forward to Christ’s return, when God will bring a righteous conclusion to all things. Then we will begin to fully enjoy the ‘wonders of His love’ for all eternity.”

Listen to this recording and arrangement that is full of Joy for Jesus’ birth and expectation for his second coming. Steven is joined by the The African Children’s Choir sounding like angelic voices singing out loud “Joy To The World.” Listen on Spotify  if you’re a subscriber or YouTube.

This is the Dec. 25 Song Blog from (my) Julie-Ann Joy’s 2020 Christmas Playlist. Check back everyday until New Year’s Day as I add another song to my playlist.

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O Holy Night

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Early edition blog since it’s already Christmas Eve in Asia and Australia. Merry Christmas Eve! This is my recording of “O Holy Night” in music collaboration with Peter Vantine on the piano.

It was the 1st week of July in Boston when I recorded this song for my first Christmas album. While I was there, I was able to visit and catch up with my dear friends Diane, Jantina, Karen, and Tracy in between recording sessions. Fortunately, our schedules worked out so that I can be in Boston when 4th of July events were happening all over the city. We stayed at a hotel in Cambridge and I watched the 4th of July fireworks along the Charles River on the Cambridge side for the first time. Instead of Boston where I used to live.

My Mom also taught me this song when I was a young girl. She often accompanied me whenever I sang this on Christmas Eve. If it’s not already playing, just press the play arrow below. Happy listening!

This is the Dec. 23 Song Blog from (my) Julie-Ann Joy’s 2020 Christmas Playlist. Check back everyday until New Year’s Day as I add another song to my playlist.

Can you please help grow my audience by ordering my Christmas Album or sharing this page so that your network of contacts can also enjoy my Christmas Album?

Thank you so very much!

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O Holy Night (piano solo)

Four days until we celebrate Christmas here in America. As I write this blog I am reminded by the news that the Christmas Star, that hasn’t appeared in 800 years, will shine brightly tonight! Prayer Improvisations Christmas

One of the most beloved classic Christmas carol is “O Holy Night.” The origins of the lyrics come from the Christmas poem Cantique de Noëlwritten by French poet Placide Cappeau in 1843.  The composer Adolphe Adams set the poem to music in 1847, and then the poem was translated to English by minister and abolitionist John Sullivan Dwight in 1855.

This piano solo arrangement by Peter Vantine captures the reverence of the night Jesus Christ was born. Peter begins with musical notes that somewhat depict the motion of a mother rocking her child to sleep in her arms. Can you imagine the blessed Virgin Mary with Jesus in her arms as she soothes and rocks him to sleep?

Now imagine the angelic voices as they sing and proclaim the birth of the long-awaited Messiah. Jesus Christ the savior of the world is born! Finally, imagine everyone who came to see the baby Jesus and falling on their knees in awe and reverence for the fulfillment of prophecy. Try to think of the lyrics as you listen to this recording and  reflect on the words. Listen on Spotify if you’re a subscriber or YouTube.

This is the Dec. 21 Song Blog from (my) Julie-Ann Joy’s 2020 Christmas Playlist. Check back everyday until New Year’s Day as I add another song to my playlist.

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What Child Is This?

This week I’m blogging about songs that focus on the meaning and reason Christmas is celebrated by Christians around the world. Christmas Romance - Jim Brickman

Greensleeves is a traditional English folk song that dates back to 1500. The writer of this song is unknown. Today, the tune of this song is associated with the Christmas hymn “What Child Is This?” The hymn text is part of a Christmas poem written by William Dix called “The Manger Throne.”

This arrangement begins with the chorus or refrain played by the harp. The harp is a stringed musical instrument that was popular in Europe during the Middle Ages and Renaissance Period, around the same time this English Folk Tune became popular. This recording highlights the ethereal sound of the harp and I’m imagining angels singing “This, this is Christ the King, whom shepherds guard and angels sing…” The harp and piano playing beautifully and blending to create a delightful and heavenly sound together.

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Chorus:
This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing:
Haste, haste to bring Him laud,
The babe, the son of Mary.

Stanza 1
What child is this, who, laid to rest, on Mary’s lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet, while shepherds watch are keeping?

Stanza 2
Why lies He in such mean estate, where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christians, fear, for sinners here, the silent Word is pleading.

Stanza 3
So bring him incense, gold, and myrrh, come, peasant, king, to own him.
The King of kings salvation brings, let loving hearts enthrone him.

This is the Dec. 20 Song Blog from (my) Julie-Ann Joy’s 2020 Christmas Playlist. Check back everyday until New Year’s Day as I add another song to my playlist.

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Gesu Bambino

Silver Bells Songs of Christmas JOY! by Julie-Ann AguhobPietro Yon composed this Italian Christmas carol in 1917. And then Frederick H. Martens set his English carol “When Blossoms Flowered ‘mid the Snow” to this melody. Italian born Yon was an organist who is remembered today for his sacred music for the Roman Catholic Church. When he came to America, he settled in New York City and served as the organist and choir director at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in 1927 until his death in 1943.

Pietro Yon is considered among the most important American composers of sacred music for the Catholic Church in the first half of the twentieth century.

While selecting songs for my 1st Christmas album I wanted to record a variety of songs  encompassing several genres and style of music. In addition, my mother taught me this song when I was a young girl and it’s one of her favorites. If it’s not already playing, just press the play arrow to listen to my rendition of this Italian Christmas Carol. I hope you enjoy and like! It’s always encouraging to me when you do. Thank you.

This is the Dec. 19 Song Blog from (my) Julie-Ann Joy’s 2020 Christmas Playlist. Check back everyday until New Year’s Day as I add another song to my playlist.

Can you please help grow my audience by ordering my Christmas Album or sharing this page so that your network of contacts can also enjoy my Christmas Album?

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