“A Sacred Christmas” is Fantastic All Year Round

“A Sacred Christmas” is Fantastic All Year Round

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, media critic)

On the hunt for new holiday music? Pianist Garth Smith teams up with talented vocalists and choirs for A Sacred Christmas, and it’s his best album yet. Combining traditional favorites like “Oh Little Town of Bethlehem” and “Away in a Manger” with obscure (but powerful) songs like “Gesu Bambino,” the album is a soaring tribute to Jesus Christ as the focal point of the season.

The particular highlight was Smith’s arrangement of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” keeping the soulful melody but replacing the gloomy lyrics with a knockout testimony of the Lord:

“So raise your head and lift it high

The King of Kings was born to die

He rose again, His love to offer to you

He came to give, He came to save

He came to raise you from the grave

Look up and sing a praiseful Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah”

Fantastic stuff. Download the mp3 album here. For more from Garth Smith visit: http://www.garthsmithmusic.com/

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Jonathan Decker is the clinical director of Your Family Expert. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist, husband, and father of five. Jonathan earned a masters degree in family therapy from Auburn University as well as a bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology from Brigham Young University. He is an actor, author, and television personality. 

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