I read somewhere that my new friend Paul Baloche holds O Come, O Come Emmanuel to be his favorite Christmas carol. In honor of him, since we are featured together on iTickets.com this week, here is my version of that great hymn in a tap guitar style.
iTickets.com & Rick Lee James
Share the Gift of Free Music
Starting on Tuesday November 26th, I’m working with iTickets.com to offer you a free download of my new Christmas single, Christmas Time Is Here. This free song will only be available for one week, ending on December 3rd. After that you will have to buy it online (or steal it) like everyone else.
I also want to wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving and I pray that you have a wonderful start to your Advent season this coming Sunday. And while I’m on the topic of Advent, this year I signed a contract deal with Lifeway Worship to publish my song, Advent Hymn (Watching, Waiting, Longing). Just a reminder that you can still get free lead sheets for that song, as well as several others, at www.RickLeeJames.com
Out of the Depths: A Songwriter’s Journey Through The Psalms
Lastly, I’m happy to announce that my book, Out of the Depths: A Songwriter’s Journey Through The Psalms is now in production and I should have a few copies available to sell just in time for Christmas. These will be pre-release copies and only a few will be made available before 2014 so be watching you inbox for more details.
Starting Tuesday November 26th iTickets.com will be offering Rick Lee James’ new holiday single, “Christmas time Is Here” as the free download of the week. Feel free to change your Facebookcover photos to one of these shown below for the month of December to help spread the word about his new cover song. Preview “Christmas Time Is Here” at www.RickLeeJames.bandcamp.com
Lest I be accused of starting festivities too early, let me just say that this is a tool for worship leaders who may be looking for a new arrangement to an old classic. We’re doing this arrangement of O Come, O Come, Emmanuel on Sunday December 1st to kick off the Advent Season. If you like it there is a link to the free lead sheet. Sometimes it helps breathe new life into an old song when we mess with the timing and tempo a bit.
Rick Lee James
Free Sheet Music for this song here: (click on the picture below)
Today my son Alexander joins me again as I talk about ways that we might be able to celebrate Christmas and other Holy days more effectively. I also share the latest news about my book, including an endorsement by Michael Card.
Here’s the thing Western Christians, you’re doing Christmas wrong. For us the new year begins on the first Sunday of Advent. Advent is the season of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. The Christmas season doesn’t begin until December 24th. From Christmas Eve until Epiphany we celebrate Christmastide, also known as the 12 days of Christmas. After the 12 days comes the Feast of Epiphany. Since the Magi didn’t visit Jesus until years after his birth, we don’t talk about the Wise Men until Epiphany arrives, directly after the Christmas Season. This leads us into ordinary time, which closes the Season of Christmas. Next comes the 6 week season of Lent, the seven week Season of Easter, Pentecost, and then ordinary time again until Advent rolls around again. Thanksgiving isn’t a liturgical holiday so it isn’t included unless you’re in the U.S., but isn’t in the Bible and is not sanctioned by the church. That doesn’t mean you can’t worship God by giving thanks, it’s jus not part of the liturgical year.