12.18
TCC Playlist: Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming by Elizabeth Mitchell

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children bring roses

“To show God’s love aright, she bore to us a Savior. When half spent was the night.”

We like the album The Sounding Joy with Elizabeth Mitchell and friends, including Natalie Merchant. More about this early 17th century hymn in The Atlantic here. Listen after the jump:

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10.18
TCC Playlist: Joseph and Mary by Natalie Merchant

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Natalie Merchant

Natalie Merchant was raised Catholic but drifted from the Church at 11 when her mother married an atheist. She discovered gospel music and Mahalia Jackson at 18 and said, “That kept the door open for me. Good news in bad times.” She has since returned to her faith and recently spent time in a cloistered convent in Spain writing music for liturgical texts. Listen after the jump:

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