20997, SSAB, $1.95
Date released: 2002
Available only through J. W. Pepper, 8059638
This original Christmas anthem by Mark Hayes is a winner! Upbeat and rhythmic with a contemporary feel, it is fun to sing and will give your ensemble a fresh way to share the timeless message of Jesus’ birth. A very singable melody full of catchy syncopation will have anyone who hears it humming it for days afterward! Hayes’ gift of providing vocal variety in a piece has never been more evident than in this one. The section in which the choir sings the word “sing” polyphonically to create a bell-like sound is particularly effective. Nestled in the middle of the piece is the first verse of “Joy to the World”, revitalized by this gospel rock style…a perfect fit! This piece is very attainable by good high schoo and adult choirs and would be especially suitable for a small ensemble. Check out the instrumentation or accompaniment CD!