Sometimes it’s difficult to believe that Christmas has become so drastically over commercialized. The season is supposed to be the time when we reflect on the gift of Jesus, and in doing so, extend that gift, symbolically, to the people God places in our lives. Instead, Christmas has become all about finding great bargains. It’s all about the hassle, the bustle and the money. The powers that be encourage us to spend, spend, spend.
As a result, Christmas has become a season of stress, not of peace. And it has become a time for sadness for those who have nothing or no one. But all of this is because we tend to loose our focus on Christ Jesus. We are distracted by the mad rush to buy stuff.
Unadorned Trumpet Carols is a sequel to Eddie’s Unadorned Trumpet Hymns. Because he recorded the melodies without any embellishment of any kind, the Christmas carols take on a very peaceful feel.
All of the devices composers and arrangers use to make melodies more interesting are the same devises that add certain degrees of anxiety to the music. Sometimes we want that. Listening to artfully written music can lift us up and motivate us to do good things.
But sometimes we just want to relax and rest. Music can help us do that too. Unadorned Trumpet Carols is ideal for relaxing, especially if you also spend that time coloring in the album’s companion coloring book, Coloring the Trumpet Carols.