Song: Lo! How a Rose E’er Blooming
Album: Songs for Christmas
Performer: Sufjan Stevens
There are plenty of really fun Christmas songs whose main purpose are to celebrate the electric excitement and joy of the holiday season in general but there are also a lot of sacred Christmas songs. Those were a big part of my celebration of Christmas growing up, especially in the advent season. Sufjan Stevens’ piano rendition of “Lo! How a Rose E’er Blooming” is entrancing. There is a steady 8th note pulse throughout the song, mostly as a pedal. I came back to it often this past Christmas season and found it could transport me into a meditative state. It is simple, but majestic in it’s simpleness – to me, this is the magic of the story of Jesus’ birth. “Lo, how a rose e’er blooming/From tender stem hath sprung” The magic of something so magnificent coming from something so everyday is captured beautifully in this recording.