As we were approaching our first Christmas together as a band, we wanted to do something to celebrate the season. So when Creative Soul Records asked us if there was a Christmas song we'd like to record for their Timeless Christmas CD, we jumped at the opportunity.
The Huron Carol was written around 1642 by a missionary to the first nations people in what later became central Canada to tell the story of the nativity using language and imagery that would be familiar to them. Originally written in the Wendat language to a traditional French melody, it was translated and adapted into English in 1926.
Our appreciation of this song comes from its place at the intersection of several different interests we have... history, world music, and of course our faith.
Hearing this song describe a story we know, but with its imagery changed in a way that helps make it more accessible to people of a different culture reminds us of what the heavenly hosts spoke to the shepherds in the fields near Bethlehem centuries ago: that Christ came to save the whole world... as the savior for all people everywhere.
"And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." - Luke 2:10-11