Christmas music of every variety abounds in Fayetteville, NC during the holiday season. Local radio stations play Christmas music around the clock, both popular favorites from the past along with the seemingly endless array of new music composed for the season. Two local musical events include:
A Carillon Christmas Concert
Location: Carillon Assisted Living of Fayetteville
Hours: Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, 2-4 p.m.
Address: 1164 71st School Road in Fayetteville
The public is invited to celebrate the spirit of the season with a concert featuring the Coventry Carolers, who provide a taste of Victorian Christmas music.
Another display of Christmas music:
The Singing Christmas Tree:
Location: Highland Baptist Church
Hours: Friday, Dec. 13-Sunday Dec. 15, 2013, 7 p.m.
Address: 4456 Legion Road, Hope Mills
Some of the most popular Christmas music includes carols and traditional hymns and classical music composed to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Musical forms that are especially appreciated in the South are some of the spirituals associated with Christmas. As a form of African American folk music born out of the soul of slavery, the spiritual became what Lovell described as “the foundation stone of black song and black poetry.”
As Christian Spirituality Examiner, this writer has compiled a list Top 10 Christmas Spirituals:
- Go Tell It on the Mountain
- Round de glory manger
- What Month Was Jesus Born In
- Rise up Shepherd and Follow
- Sweet Little Jesus Boy
- Mary Had a Baby
- Children, Go Where I Send Thee
- I Wonder as I Wander
- Wasn’t that a mighty day?
Click on the following link to learn more about the history of each song and to see its lyrics. Readers can click on the title, where they can view a music video of each selection: