Jay Rouse, Rose M Aspinall
"And It Came to Pass, Emmanuel": A compelling musical triumph that invites the listener on a journey that ultimately leads to worship of the Christ Child. The text of the Christmas story blends seamlessly with original narrative and exquisite lyric writing from Rose Aspinall, and Jay Rouse's incredible ability to fashion original melodies and arrange Christmas favorites with nuance and passion is on full display. The musical opens with an ethereal underscore that leads effortlessly into a 6/8 interpretation of "Adeste Fideles," followed directly by the theme song and anchor ballad for the musical, "And It Came to Pass." Also included are a song written specifically for this work that gives voice to Joseph's fears and longings; a traditional gospel setting of the all-time favorite "Jesus, What a Wonderful Child"; a syncopated, upbeat angel and shepherd announcement song titled "Fire in the Sky"; and a tender worship moment at the manger called "Jesus, Prince of Peace." With a little something for everyone, this creative work is sure to be an important part of your Christmas season.
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