My most precious memories are Christmas memories. Don’t laugh, but I composed my first carol on my toy piano at the age of three. “Little Angel” didn’t top the charts, but it was my Happy Birthday song to Baby Jesus. Roger’s Living Nativity shepherd debut made him appreciate spending a cold night with smelly sheep. The Barriers were like the Von Trapp family singers. We crooned “Joy to the world: in four-part harmony by the time Brie and Bronwyn rode bikes without training wheels. Our whole family danced, conducted, sang and played through hundreds (not kidding) of Christmas services. Brianna twirled across the stage during O Holy Night. Bronwyn tooted her trumpet to Carol of the Bells. I loved the glowing faces of our church choirs and orchestras as I conducted the songs of the Savior. Christmas Eve was the only time I could force Roger to preach in a suit!
We share these enduring Christmas carols with you because we want you to know how much we love you.
Then I hope you'll click on each song and listen to each one of our favorite carols.
They are our treasure! These are our heart-songs! And we will sing them together until Christ comes again.
Merry Christmas from the Barrier Family!
Produced by Richard Muenckler, Matt Wilson, Nathan Jacobi, and Brad Wetherbee
SOLOIST: BRAD WETHERBEE
This plaintive song is probably one of the most powerful, passionate Christmas songs ever written. Singer-Composer Mark Lowry started to think about what he would like to ask Mary if she was sitting right in front of him. He wondered how she would have felt during her pregnancy and so he penned the song that we all know and love today. Performed by the Gaither Vocal Band for many years, Brad Wetherbee sings all four parts!
Lyrics by Mark Lowry, music by Buddy Greene
SOLOISTS:: BRAD WETHERBEE, BRIANNA WETHERBEE, ABBY WETHERBEE, EMMELINE WETHERBEE
Silent Night was the first Christmas song Brianna and Bronwyn learned. We sat under the stars on Christmas Eve and cuddled the girls under warm blankets. We told them that's what Jesus' "swaddling clothes" felt like! Sung by Brad, Brie, Abby and Emme Wetherbee. The Christmas Story is narrated by Abby and Emme.
PIANO: JULIE BARRIER
O Come, O Come Emmanuel is my favorite Christmas carol. I love to begin Advent by playing this beautiful song every night, reminding me that God is always with me. Isaiah 7:14 and Matthew 1:23. Matthew quotes Isaiah virtually verbatim—“Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Emmanuel”—with the exception that Matthew adds the phrase: “which being interpreted is, God with us.”
ARRANGED BY RICHARD MUENCKLER AND JULIE BARRIER
I first met Richard Muenckler, my daughter Bronwyn's husband, when he played drums for our church services. Our daughter Bronwyn played the trumpet. It was a perfect match! Enjoy two of our favorite Christmas melodies: Carol of the Bells and We Three Kings.
SOLOIST: BRIANNA BARRIER WETHERBEE
"O Holy Night" was my solo before Roger's first Christmas sermon. I fell in love when I heard him preach. He fell in love with me when I sang this beautiful Christmas melody. Now Brianna shares her version with you. May it bring you peace.
PIANO: JULIE BARRIER
"Away in a Manger" is the carol every preschool child knows. I played Mary, Jesus' mother, in a church play. My most important job was to make sure the donkey made it to the stage before the song was over! This quiet version reminds me to be still before God and remember His glory.