“These songs sound like the Charlie Brown movie,” Ben, who turns 8 this month, said from the back seat of our minivan as we were listening to Slugs & Bugs’ newest Christmas CD, “Sing the Bible Family Christmas.”
I told him Randall Goodgame – the songwriter who creates Slugs & Bugs family music – would be so glad to know my boy recognized the style of music.
“When writing some Scripture songs about the birth of Jesus, I was influenced by the jazz piano music from the Charles Schulz Peanuts Christmas special,” Randall said about the new CD on the Slugs & Bugs’ website. That music just feels like Christmas to me! So I wrote in a similar style.”
It’s a style that works! “Sing the Bible Family Christmas” includes word-for-word scripture songs along with some classic carols – all of which work together to tell about Jesus’ birth and what that means for us.
My favorite song is “When the Fullness of Time Had Come.” It’s taken from Galatians 4:4-7: “When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.”
Those words are beautiful in their own right, but then Randall invites Ellie Holcomb to sing which brings even more loveliness to the beautiful reminder of why Jesus’ birth matters.
Here’s a list of all the songs:
1. In the Beginning – John 1:1-4, 14
2. When the Fullness of Time Had Come – Galatians 4:4-7
3. Unto Us a Child Is Born – Isaiah 9:6
4. Mary’s Song – Luke 1:46-49
5. Joseph’s Dream – Matthew 1:18-25
6. O Little Town – Luke 2:8-12
7. Glory to God – Luke 2:14
8. Mary and Jesus (instrumental)
9. Zechariah’s Prophesy – Luke 1:68-70
10. Sing O Heavens – Luke 1:68-70
11. Silent Night – Luke 2:15-20
12. I Heard the Bells
Yes, this is a Christmas album, but the music is so good and the truth so prevalent that I wouldn’t be surprised if we listen throughout the year.
I supported Slugs & Bugs’ “Sing the Bible Family Christmas” as well as the coming-this-spring “Sing the Bible Vol. 3” in a recent Kickstarter campaign. I paid real money to support these projects because Slugs & Bugs’ music has been good for our family. I’m sharing this review because I truly want to make sure y’all know about this musical goodness as the holiday season approaches. You can buy it online at the Slugs & Bugs store or on iTunes.
But one of you can win a copy! That’s right – I’ve got a copy right here for one family. Use the Rafflecopter below for your entries into the giveaway through Wednesday, Nov. 8. I’ll choose a winner Thursday, Nov. 9.