Brent Holl | Hymns for a Baby Boy

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Hymns for a Baby Boy

by Brent Holl

Hymns and Songs from the Brethren/Mennonite tradition with Celtic influence done in acoustic folk guitar style.
Genre: Spiritual: Hymns
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  Song Share Time Download
1. O Sing a Song of Bethlehem
4:32 album only
2. The Angel Gabriel
3:20 album only
3. Awake, Awake and Greet the New Morn
3:36 album only
4. Three Kings
4:06 album only
5. He Is Born
4:10 album only
6. In the Bleak Mid-Winter
5:07 album only
7. Good Christian Friends Rejoice
3:32 album only
8. 'Twas in the Moon of Wintertime
4:12 album only
9. The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy
3:51 album only
10. On This Day, Earth Shall Ring
3:50 album only
11. Angels We Have Heard On High
4:45 album only
12. Bread and Fishes
5:55 album only


Album Notes
Christmas hymns from The Hymnal: A Worship Book and some selected songs.

To follow my first CD, Hymns and Songs of the Brethren, I focused on songs emphasizing the birth (and life) of Jesus. Many songs are from The Hymnal: A Worship Book (the Brethren/Mennonite hymnal) plus several songs from the Hymnal Supplement are included. “Three Kings” by Robbie O’Connell, “Bread and Fishes” by Andy Bell, and “O Sing a Song of Bethlehem” from The Presbyterian Hymnal also found their way into this collection from other sources.

When I play these songs, I often only hint at the harmonies and focus largely on the tunes. I’ll play the melody and sometimes a counterpoint harmony. When I do play chords, they always include several drone strings that never change pitch. This constant, peaceful foundation of tone adds to the spiritual, meditative quality of the songs.

I hope this recording will generate interest in hymns and songs of the church and keep the sense of discovery alive as we seek to worship together to encourage our spiritual growth.

Special Guests on the recording include:

Jessie Trainum - violin (Tracks 1 & 8) vocals (Tracks 9 & 12)
Jessica Holl Kennedy - vocals (Tracks 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, & 9)
Steve Kennedy - classical guitar (Tracks 4, 10, & 12)
Bart Reardon - bass (Track 9)



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Kathy L.

Hymns for a Baby Boy
I'm already planning to send this as a Christmas present to several people with young children. The arrangements are just intricate enough to catch the adults' attention, while being melodious enough for a youngster to sing along. I am looking forward to purchasing other CDs by this artist and his group! BTW, I am program manager for a low-power non-profit community radio station in Estes Park, CO - this CD will be on the air at Christmas time!