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The Light Came Down

by Josh Garrels

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There is a light Bright star shining In the dark night Old tales come true All of our fears Hopes and prayers He has heard And answered us The light came down Cast the darkness away He appeared A helpless child The light of god came down There is a light A new day dawning Old things pass All things made new Prophets have spoken All He would accomplish When the light of God Would dwell with men The light came down Cast the darkness away He appeared A helpless child The light of god came to save us To the world that He made us O' Lord and savior Alleluia Music and Words by Josh Garrels
What child is this who laid to rest On Mary's lap is sleeping Whom Angels greet With anthems sweet While shepherds watch are keeping Why lies He in such mean estate Where ox and donkeys are feeding Good Christians fear For sinners here The silent Word is pleading. This, this is Christ the King, Whom shepherds guard and angels sing Haste, haste to bring Him laud, The babe, the son of Mary. So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh Come peasant, king to own Him The King of Kings salvation brings, Let loving hearts enthrone Him. Nails, spears shall pierce him through, The cross he bore for me, for you. Hail, hail the word made flesh, the babe, the Son of Mary.
The Virgin Mary had a one son Ooh, glory hallelujah, Ooh, pretty little baby, Glory be to the new born King. Mary what you gonna call that pretty little baby? Ooh, pretty little baby, Ooh, pretty little baby, Glory be to the new born King. He Cast Down the proud, and lifts up the lowly Ooh, lifts up the lowly Ooh, lifts up the lowly Glory be to the new born King. Well, some call Him Jesus, I think I'll call Him Savior Ooh, I think I'll call Him Savior Ooh, Jesus the savior, Glory be to the new born King.
O come, O come, Emmanuel And ransom captive Israel That mourns in lonely exile here Until the Son of God appears Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel. Oh, come, our Dayspring from on high, And cheer us by your drawing nigh, Disperse the gloomy clouds of night, And death's dark shadows put to flight. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel!
Gloria 05:02
Here the sound of bells ring In the cold night air we sing Songs of joy, peace, and love Say goodnight and journey home Through the leafless woods alone Silence in the snow is like a dream Diamonds on the hills reflect the thrill Of all the glory that has fallen to the earth All of life's surrendering To the death that winter brings In hope of new life On this holy night Holy night We remember Christ Music and Words by Josh Garrels Come in from the cold Come and rest your soul Join us by the fire Tonight the stories told Ancient but never old Of when the Savior came All the angels sang Peace on earth good will to men A child has been born And all of us are suffering Beneath the weight of death and sin In hope of new life All our hopes made good in Christ On this Holy Night Holy Night We worship Christ Gloria, Gloria Gloria, Gloria Angels we have heard on high In Excelsis Deo Written by Josh Garrels 2016
O Holy Night 03:55
O Holy night, the stars are brightly shining It is the night of our dear Savior's birth Long lay the world in sin and error pining 'Til He appeared and the soul felt its worth A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn Fall on your knees O hear the angel voices O night divine! O night when Christ was born O night divine! O night, O night divine! Truly He taught us to love one another, His law is love and His gospel is peace. Chains He shall break, for the slave is our brother. And in His name, all oppression shall cease Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we Let all within us praise His holy name Christ is the Lord! Oh Praise his name forever O hear the angel voices O night divine! O night when Christ was born O night divine! O night, Christ was born
This begins with a breath From the waters you were blessed Pushing through the pain and blood Into the arms of love And your mother’s face above Before you came she was afraid In the night she cried and prayed Oh God am I strong enough, To be the arms of love To be the mother of this son O Beautiful one; My child my son We rejoice From generation To generation We rejoice All, like sheep, have gone astray But you will call them back one day By the marks of pain and blood Back to the arms of love; The good Father’s face above Music and Words by Josh Garrels
Hosanna 05:30
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of power and might Heaven and earth are filled With Your glory Hosanna! Hosanna! In the highest Hosanna! Hosanna! In the highest
The boar's head in hand bear I Bedecked with bays and rosemary; And I pray you my masters be merry, Quot estis in convivio [as many as are at the feast]. Refrain Caput apri defero [I bring in the boar's head] Reddens laudes Domino [Giving thanks to the lord] The boar's head as I understand Is the rarest dish in all the land, When thus bedecked with a gay garland, Let us servire cantico [serve it with a song]. Our steward hath provided this In honour of the King of bliss, Which on this day to be served is In Reginensis atrio [In Queen's Hall].
Merriment 01:13
Silent Night 04:41
Silent night, holy night All is calm, all is bright. Round yon Virgin, Mother and Child Holy infant so tender and mild, Sleep in heavenly peace, Sleep in heavenly peace Silent night, holy night Wondrous star, lend thy light; With the angels let us sing, Alleluia to our King; Christ the Savior is born, Christ the Savior is born!
Lost and weary traveler, Searching for the way to go Stranger, heavy-hearted, Longing for someone to know May you find a light May you find a light May you find a light to guide you home. There are weary travelers, Searching everywhere you go Strangers who are searching, Longing deeply to be known
O day of peace that dimly shines Through all our hopes and prayers and dreams, Guide us to justice, truth, and love, Delivered from our selfish schemes. May the swords of hate fall from our hands, Our hearts from envy find release, Till by God's grace our warring world Shall see Christ's promised reign of peace. Then shall the wolf dwell with the lamb, Nor shall the fierce devour the small; As beasts and cattle calmly graze, A little child shall lead them all. Then enemies shall learn to love, All creatures find their true accord; The hope of peace shall be fulfilled, For all the earth shall know the Lord.
Come To Him 01:27
Come to Him With all your heart Come and lay your burdens down For peace He came to give And Joy shall be the crown And Joy shall be the crown Music and Words by Josh Garrels


released November 24, 2016

James McAlister - Drums, Percussion, iPad Sampler
Tyler Chester- Piano, B3, Acetone, Wurlitzer, Mellotron, Pump Organ, Vibes
Jay Foote - Upright Bass, Electric Bass
Anthony LaMarca - Electric Guitar, Pedal Steel, Acoustic Guitar 
Jay Kirkpatrick - Banjo, Accordion, Dobro
Josh Garrels - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Charango, Samples

Violins - Daniel Sender, Hannah Jordan, Christi Salisbury, Sarah Lapp
Violas - Megan Gray, Ayn Balija
Cello - Kelley Mikkelsen

Trumpet - Tyler Hutcherson
Flugelhorn - Craig Kompelien
Trombone - Jonathan Palmer
Saxophone - Doug Jemison

Backing Vocals
Joseph Clarke, Mariah Hargrove, Jessica Fox, Paul Zach, Michael Salvatierra, Hunter Chorey, Austin Fey, Nan Macmillan, Sarah Miller, Abbey Ness

Holy Holy Holy (Hosanna)
Words and Music by Peter Scholtes
© 1966 F.E.L. Publications / The Lorenz Corporation (ASCAP).  All rights reserved.  Used by permission.  

May You Find A Light
Words and Music by John Arndt and David Gungor
© 2011 The Brilliance and The Flyer (BMI) and Integrity's Praise! Music (BMI) (adm. at CapitolCMGPublishing.com). All rights reserved. Used by permission.

O Day Of Peace That Dimly Shines 
Words by Carl P. Daw, Jr.  
Music by Josh Garrels
© 1982 Hope Publishing Company (ASCAP) / © 2016 Josh Garrels Small Voice LLC (ASCAP).  All rights reserved.  Used by permission.  

The Virgin Mary Had One Son
additional stanza by Josh Garrels and Isaac Wardell
© 2016 Josh Garrels Small Voice LLC (ASCAP) and Bifrost Arts Music (ASCAP).  All rights reserved.

The Light Came Down
Shepherd’s Song
Journey to Bethlehem
Come to Him
Words and Music by Josh Garrels
© 2016 Josh Garrels Small Voice LLC (ASCAP).  Admin. by Music Services, Inc.  All rights reserved. 

Silent Night
O Holy Night
O Come O ComeEmmanuel
What Child Is This
arrangement of p.d. © 2016 Josh Garrels Small Voice LLC (ASCAP).  Admin. by Music Services LLC.  All rights reserved. 

Brass arrangements by Isaac Wardell
String arrangements by Isaac Wardell and Daniel Hwang

Recorded at Flora Recording & Playback in Portland, OR
Additional Recordings done in Josh’s home studio, and by Isaac Wardell in Charlottesville, VA

Produced by Isaac Wardell & Josh Garrels
Production Assistant - Terry Stokes

Studio Engineering by Michael Finn

Mixed by Mark Nevers at Beech House Recording

Additional Mixing
“Gloria” & “The Light Came Down” mixed by Jon Class at Varsity Recording
“The Virgin Mary Had One Son” mixed by Steven Potaczek

Mastered by Drew Lavyne

Artwork by Alix Pentecost Farren

Layout & Album Design by Chris Tobias at Stereotonic

Small Voice Records  Copyright 2016


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