cortney matz * piano christmas ep
LOVE is one of those words we use all the time and forget what it really means. Love is the greatest and most desirable gift; a gift that gives back to you as soon as you give it away to someone else. Its source is no other than God himself.
It’s my hope that these songs will put words and melodies to your own sense of anticipation – for the Christmas season and for everything you want out of life.
Here’s a sample:
6. All For Love’s Sake
Original hymn Thou Who Wast Rich Beyond All Splendor, written by Frank Houghton; updated arrangement by Cortney Matz 2018
I’ve noodled with this song off and on for about ten years – it raises the concept of what Jesus left in order to live among us on earth. What a deep love must have inspired it – and that same love is available to carry us through whatever life brings, and even beyond.
7. Of the Father’s Love Begotten
words by Aurelius Clemens Prudential, translated to English by H. W. Baker and J.M. Neal; ancient chanting tune DIVINUM MYSTERIUM
One of my favorite Christmas records growing up was John Michael Talbot’s The Birth of Jesus. He had an a cappella choral performance of this piece, and I guess it stuck with me. The words are deep and just a little obscure, inviting deeper listening and mediation.
8. 12 Days
Folk song (possibly French); music by Frederic Austin
I LOVE this song! Growing up with a family that sings, everyone groaned when it came my turn to choose our next Christmas carol during long road trips to visit family. This song has lasted through generations for a reason – the dynamic melody meets brain teaser is a perfect recipe for singalong fun. So sing along with me!
9. Christmas is Weird
by Cortney Matz 2018
Isn’t it though?
10. The Love of God
by Frederick M. Lehman and Meir Ben Isaac Nehorai
I’ve been singing this hymn in live performances, and it’s one of my favorite songs. The last verse is so evocative of the endlessness of God’s love. The whole concept of unconditional love hinges on the love we receive from God himself. It’s infinitude simply can’t be grasped, but this old hymn (and ancient poem) helps put it in perspective.
11. Beautiful, Beautiful
by Cortney Matz 2018; Great is Thy Faithfulness by Thomas O. Chisholm (words) and William Marion Runyan (music)
Beautiful, Beautiful took me about six years to finish – how to portray a love that takes the form of what seems a wasted sacrifice proved a challenge. But the famous story of a woman who poured all her expensive perfume on Jesus’ feet still resonates with my modern reality. Everything I do, every sacrifice I make for the sake of love for my savior is made beautiful and worthy – whether it makes sense or seems like a total waste. And you have to recognize that the true fulfillment of every hope is God himself. How faithful he is.
All lyrics coming soon.