A groovier Christmas hymnal

When I posted about putting together a collection of groovy Sabbath music, I mentioned that I had made a cd of interesting covers of the Christmas songs in the English LDS hymnal. Here I offer a slightly modified version of that cd. These may not be to everyone’s taste, so feel free to post alternatives in the comments.


201  Joy to the World, Sufjan Stevens.

202 Oh Come All Ye Faithful, Weezer

203 Angels We Have Heard On High, The Brian Setzer Orchestra

204 Silent Night, Sinead O’Connor

205 Once in Royal David’s City, Will Todd Trio

206 Away in the Manger, Johnny Cash

207 It came upon a Midnight Clear, Sixpence None the Richer

208 (Oh Little Town of) Bethlehem, Basel Zayed

209 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, The Fall

210 With Wondering Awe, some kid with a guitar (These next few I left off of the original cd. They are pure YouTube finds.)

211 While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks, TubaPeter

212 Far, Far Away on Judea’s Plains, Some Japanese Mormons

213 The First Noel, Emmylou Harris (The original cd had Willie Nelson, but that’s not available online.)

214 I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, Jars of Clay


  1. Love these! I like Casting Crowns “I Heard the Bells…”

    I had to sub on the organ today and didn’t want to just play through the 13 hymns for prelude, so I went a little rogue. I joked on Facebook earlier in the week that I’d play “Christmas in Hollis,” but alas, I did not. I wish we had more Christmas songs in the hymnal…I played “Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella” (which is in the French hymnal), “Good Christian Men Rejoice,” “The Holly and the Ivy,” and my two favorites: “Gesu Bambino” and “Some Children See Him.” So fun for me to play. The variety was nice.

  2. That Far, Far Away just made my day. Thanks, Norbert!

  3. I might go to hell for this, but I’ve always loved this version of “Hark…” (Don’t listen to vs 2 and 3 if you are offended by…well..musical blasphemy>

  4. Re: Far, Far Away — I’ll bet when Macfarlane wrote that carol in St. George in 1869, he couldn’t have imagined it being sung that far away, by a people virtually unknown to him. Hurrah!

  5. Obligatory XKCD cartoon: http://xkcd.com/988/

  6. I’ve always loved this version of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen by Jars of Clay. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAesbViYYqM. This version by BNL and Sarah McLachlan is also excellent. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGVNzgUxE-g. I realize that it isn’t in the hymnal; but neither is Come Thou Fount.

  7. That was neat – took me a while to get around to it, but I really enjoyed most of them.

    207 It came upon a Midnight Clear, Sixpence None the Richer
    208 (Oh Little Town of) Bethlehem, Basel Zayed
    were particularly cool.

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