Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Christmas - Julie Meyer


“Please Remember Me” is like a Christmas card written to family when Meyer was far from the home environment that she knew as a child.

Christmas
Artist: Julie Meyer
Label: Forerunner Music (www.forerunnermusic.com)
Length: 12 tracks/49 minutes

Christmas by Julie Meyer should appeal to a broad spectrum of people. It not only involves family and friends; it will appeal to the same. This is one for everyone.

Simplicity is part of the attraction. It does not try to be trendy. It’s mostly straightforward but does not lack creativity in arrangements or instrumentation.

It is mainly acoustic. Percussion is light, but the sound is full. “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” a duet with David Bryner, and “Go Tell it on the Mountain,” benefit from a bluegrass style. The former has a slightly quicker pace making it seem less mournful. It’s also punctuated by Dobro, giving it a slight otherworld quality.

An a capella version of “Little Drummer Boy” soars at the end through an improvised gospel finale. Jaye Thomas and The Cry are featured. 

This recording might not exist if Meyer had not written an original back in 1990. “Please Remember Me” is like a Christmas card written to family when Meyer was far from the home environment that she knew as a child. This bittersweet, piano-driven song sounds like a modern classic, along the lines of “Tennessee Christmas.” It’s my favorite, but I also enjoyed the two other original songs. Each succeeds in conveying warmth and depth.

That’s what you get throughout this release. All but the instrumental closing track have a spiritual core that fits Forerunner Music’s motto, “Music that magnifies Jesus.”

Even “Have Yourself a Merry Christmas,” the aforementioned instrumental is not out of place. All you hear is acoustic guitar, which is like a thread woven into all the tracks. Other organic sounds, including choirs and strings, create a rich tapestry.

This wonderfully exudes the spirit of the season. It’s another winner from Forerunner Music, the label for the International House of Prayer. I have enjoyed all of their recent releases, but none as much as this. This is worth having just for “Please Remember Me,” but each track is lovingly crafted. This soothes while creating an atmosphere of worship.
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