Between now and Christmas Eve I’m posting my 12 very favorite Christmas tracks for your entertainment. Today’s track: “Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming” by the Feist.
I found this amazing track online. The other day I finally discovered its origin. Best Buy for several years offered holiday-themed albums called “Sweet Tracks” with purchases. Amidst tracks by Keith Urban and Nick Lachey was this brilliant carol.
The entire track is defined by subtlety, from Feist’s light fingerwork on the guitar to the orchestration. Even her verse selection was carefully done.
The original song (in German) had three verses, which drip with subtle imagery unmatched by almost any other carol (which are typically about straight-forward storytelling or ostentatious praise.) Feist dismisses the later additions to the song (which beat you over the head with religious piety) and limits her recording to the two most symbolic verses of the original. Nary a virgin or child are found in this track, but the deeper meaning of the Christmas story remains.
The result is nothing short of stunning in sound and spirituality.