Advent Playlist

It’s the second week of Advent, 2010, and I’ve put together a playlist of songs that feel appropriate to this moment. They are songs that represent both the darkness of the world and the power of the penetrating light. They are songs about waiting, hoping, and dwelling in the now-and-not-yet. I’ll be listening to them with plenty of hot cider and a hopefully quieted soul, beckoning Emmanuel to come and ransom this captive creation.

Jonsi – “Hengilas”
Coldplay – “We Never Change”
Cat Power – “Where is My Love”
Julie Lee – “Hope’s the Thing With Feathers”
Low – “Closer”
Mumford and Sons – “After the Storm”
The Antlers – “Kettering”
Pedro the Lion – “The Longest Winter”
Jars of Clay – “In the Bleak Midwinter”
Hem – “Strays”
Mindy Smith – “Follow the Shepherd Home”
Sun Kil Moon – “Gentle Moon”
Sufjan Stevens – “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”
The Walkmen – “While I Shovel the Snow”
Over the Rhine – “White Horse”
Sara Groves – “O Holy Night”
Sarah McLachlan – “Silent Night”
Dustin O’Halloran – “Opus 23”
Hem – “Almost Home”
Bifrost Arts – “Salvation is Created”
Over the Rhine – “The First Noel”

5 responses to “Advent Playlist

  1. If you like the traditional christmas classics, I’d love you to listen to the version of “O Holy Night” I just recorded. I’m offering it as a free download. Let me know what you think & Enjoy your holidays.
    Twitter: @CharlieWMusic

  2. free sleeping at last Christmas music (it is great!).

  3. We’ve never done anything like it before, but we had a hard personal loss recently, causing us to be especially mindful of this season of Advent and the hope and difficulty of living in waiting … and we noticed we already owned about 1/3 of the songs you listed … and thought we might enjoy the rest … so we bought the rest of the songs from iTunes to re-create your playlist.
    We are so glad we did.
    It is has been a real encouragement to us.

  4. I like it. :)

    You may not be a huge Chris Tomlin fan (neither am I) but I found the song “Winter Snow” on his album entitled ‘Glory in The Highest’ to be a worthy reflection on why Christ came the he did, with tenderness.

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