Don't know how to categorize it... doesn't sound like a hymn... yet it's based on an old hymn... but it's also based on a nursery rhyme... and it's all about the Wise Men. Plus most of it is original! LOL take a listen and see what you think. :)
I've always felt this song was the epitome of Advent... yet in singing it for 4 weeks at Mass, my mind started working on it. I found four different ways to present it, couldn't decide between them, and wound up merging them all together! :) Eleven minutes... I hope you enjoy it... or at least one or two parts of it... as we wait... on the joyous occasion of our Saviour's birth.
This was a closing hymn a few weeks back at Mass... and being a big fan of Dave Brubeck... a fellow Catholic... I thought, "Perhaps this could work in 5/4 time." So it starts OFF in 3/4 time (waltz time)... and then we get a little jiggy with it.
“You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trodden under foot by men.
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven."
I had completely forgotten about writing and recording this song a while back, until attending Mass this morning, for the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It was the second reading, from 1 Corinthians 15:20-26:
"20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. 24 Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death."
The lyrics come almost completely from this passage. What better day to post it than today! I called it "Keys To The Kingdom".
John 8:34-36, RSVCE: "Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, every one who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not continue in the house for ever; the son continues for ever. So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed."