Don’t we live in a great time of technology and tools? One of the great new tools we’re embracing on Rockin With The Cross is an app called Spotify. Spotify is a free (with ads) music service (like pandora or last.fm) that gives you access to an enormous archive of music (hey, that’s what we do!). One of the great things about Spotify is you can create and share song lists (I’m sensing some synergy here!)
So we started creating some song lists to share with you!
We have already linked up our Top 25, the newly added songs, and the request list on our website. We’ve also created some extra lists of newly released worship music and the new Christmas albums for 2011.
But since we enjoy giving andreceiving, we want to hear what your favorite Christmas songs are! We have created a list on Spotify that allows you to add your favorite song. You’ll need to do a few simple steps.
- Open Spotify to our “Add Your Favorite Christmas Song” list
- Subscribe to the list, so you can add your song
- Find your favorite Christmas song and drag it to the list
- Now we can all enjoy your song
Here are some links to our Spotify Song Lists:
Happy Holidays! We hope everyone had a thankful and joyous Thanksgiving. We’re sure you are gearing up for the holiday season and most importantly the celebration of Christ’s birth!
Christmas Chord Charts
We have well over 100 Christmas chord charts on RWTC. If you are looking for classic hymns (Silent Night, O Little Town of Bethlehem) or new songs from your favorite artists’ Christmas album (Chris Tomlin, Third Day, Casting Crowns) we have a nice selection.
Recently Added Songs Include:
Free Holiday Music
Join us on Facebook, where we keep you up to date on what we are doing at RWTC and where you can find free MP3s this Christmas season. Just today, Amazon begin its 25 Days of Free Holiday Music.
“Angels We Have Heard on High” is a Christmas carol. The song commemorates the story of the birth of Jesus Christ found in the Gospel of Luke, in which shepherds outside Bethlehem encounter a multitude of angels singing and praising the newborn child.
In A.D. 129, Telesphous, Bishop of Rome, ordained that, “In the Holy Night of the Nativity of our Lord and Savior, all shall solemnly sing the ‘Angel’s Hymn.’ ” With that proclaimation the ‘Angels Hymn’ became the first Christmas hymn of the Christian church. Its most common English version was translated in 1862 by James Chadwick, and its most memorable feature is its chorus Gloria in Excelsis Deo!, which is Latin for Glory to God in the Highest.
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
You can find the chords to this and many other Christmas songs on Rockin With The Cross
Free MP3s (from amazon.com)
Happy Holidays (for some of you this still means Thanksgiving, for most it means Christmas and for those of you who like to hunt it means Deer Season) !
We wanted to let you know of a few changes that were added to Rockin With The Cross today.
- Link to Update This Song on song pages (under Song Info)
- Link to view the Previous Version of a song (under Song Info)
- New Font choices added in the dropdown on song pages (under Controls)
- Copy-n-Paste function (to copy the chord chart/tab to your clipboard)
- Print page now displays in your font/size choice
A couple notes about the new features …
The copy-n-paste feature on the song pages does require flash. This feature has been tested in the major browsers (Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Internet Explorer).
A bunch of you have requested the ability to print the songs out in the new font/layout. Well, here it is. Simply click the Print button on a song page. NOTE: if you don’t like the new layout and want to revert/use the old print page, simply change your font to “Courier New” under Controls.
While this is not a new “feature” we are requiring you to enter your name when emailing us from our Contact Us page. This is very helpful for us to look up your information if you have changed email addresses and/or can’t remember your user id.
Because its the giving season …
I love when others’ share great deals with me, so I’m here to pass along a deal to you. Free Christmas music! If you have kids in your life (or are simply a big kid), then you love Veggie Tales. Amazon is offering the Veggie Tales – Singing Christmas Tree album free now!
It’s that time of year again, and we have the Christmas songs you are looking for. Of course if you’re looking for chords or tabs on the recent Family Force 5 or MxPx Christmas albums, you’ll likely have to send them in 🙂
History of Away In a Manger
The first two verses of “Away in a Manger” were originally published in a Lutheran Sunday school book in 1885. Two years later, James R. Murray published it as “Luther’s Cradle Hymn,” thus creating the misconception that Luther had written it. Although some attribute the words to Luther, they are usually considered American anonymous. Some credit the music to Murray; others think he merely harmonized an old German folk song. the words are frequently sung to the tune of the Scottish song “Flow Gently Sweet Afton.”
I really appreciate seeing creative and talented musicians. I’d like to share this short video review of a looping pedal by Line 6 … which the highlight (skip to 2:15) is seeing the guy do an interesting rendition of O Come O Come Emmanuel. Imagine beat-box rhythm, guitar, and vocals … all done by one guy. The harmonies at the end of the video are really nice as well.
Since you’re now hooked on O Come O Come Emmanuel, stop by our Christmas Page to get the chord charts you need.
Also, you have 2 more days to pick up the free Christmas MP3s before Amazon ends their promotion:
Since you’re enjoying new versions of O Come, O Come Emmanuel,
why not chord them out and send it in?
We’ll give you a free month!
Here’s another quick history lesson on the song, Silent Night.
180 years ago the carol “Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht” was heard for the first time in a village church in Oberndorf, Austria. The congregation at that Midnight Mass in St. Nicholas Church listened as the voices of the assistant pastor, Fr. Joseph Mohr, and the choir director, Franz Xaver Gruber, rang through the church to the accompaniment of Fr. Mohr’s guitar. On each of the six verses, the choir repeated the last two lines in four-part harmony.
On that Christmas Eve, a song was born that would wing its way into the hearts of people throughout the world. Now translated into hundreds of languages, it is sung by untold millions every December from small chapels in the Andes to great cathedrals in Antwerp and Rome.
The German words for the original six stanzas of the carol we know as “Silent Night” were written by Joseph Mohr in 1816, when he was a young priest assigned to a pilgrimage church in Mariapfarr, Austria. His grandfather lived nearby, and it is easy to imagine that he could have come up with the words while walking thorough the countryside on a visit to his elderly relative. The fact is, we have no idea if any particular event inspired Joseph Mohr to pen his poetic version of the birth of the Christchild. The world is fortunate, however, that he didn’t leave it behind when he was transferred to Oberndorf the following year (1817).
On December 24, 1818 Joseph Mohr journeyed to the home of musician-schoolteacher Franz Gruber who lived in an apartment over the schoolhouse in nearby Arnsdorf. He showed his friend the poem and asked him to add a melody and guitar accompaniment so that it could be sung at Midnight Mass. His reason for wanting the new carol is unknown. Some speculate that the organ would not work; others feel that the assistant pastor, who dearly loved guitar music, merely wanted a new carol for Christmas.
adapted from http://silentnight.web.za/history/
You can find Silent Night along with other Christmas carols in the RWTC Christmas page.
You can also have a free MP3 of this song or 4 free MP3s: