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What Child? a Christmas Album

Be watching for the new By The Mane Christmas album out the first week of December! We’re excited to make our first release on the subject or Christmas.

We’re in the studio as we speak (see the photo above of me recording guitars for the album), and we will be working feverishly this month to get everything ready. We’ll give you plenty of updates as the album progresses. Some sneak peaks at the album cover design and maybe we’ll put together a silly video of us in the studio.

Why a Christmas Album?

Christmas is both a wonderful and challenging time of year. It’s a time that is supposed to be all about Jesus, but when it comes down to it, it’s really hard to keep Him the focus. There are so many distractions around us, between the family, the presents, and the food! We need that constant reminder; what child? Oh, yeah… that Child! We’re hoping this album will be that for you!

Rehearsal Review – Before Too Long

Our Unmet Desires

God created us with a desire to know him. While he provided us with the way to know him, in Christ, we won’t fully know Him until we meet him in heaven in his fully glorified form. This leaves us with a time of waiting, and wondering while we navigate life on earth in the shadow of what is to come.

Tonight’s rehearsal was focused on doing some songwriting and this topic is what inspired us tonight. How do we live, knowing that there is a perfect place that we are longing for, but aren’t there yet. Often times this delayed gratification becomes too much to bear and we find ourselves attempting to satiate our desires with lesser things (this idea sums up my definition of sin).

I posed the question to the guys, “What do you say to someone who is beside themselves with excitement and anticipation?” Perhaps it’s a child who can’t wait for their next birthday, or a bride anticipating their wedding day. We can try to deny or downplay how exciting the thing is that we’re looking forward to, but that’s just a self-protective device to avoid our feelings. You don’t tell your child, “Being excited about your birthday is dumb, when you get older you’ll understand how lame birthdays really are.” On the other end of the spectrum, we can find ourselves totally consumed with worry that we don’t practice good habits that will allow us to enjoy the thing when it finally comes. Like the bride who doesn’t eat and faints at the alter. How do we foster both patience and excitement at the same time?

We were reminded of the words of the old spiritual, “Soon and very soon.” What a beautiful concept. The reality is, we don’t know when Christ will come back, but it will be soon, and that should be enough for us. We started playing around with that concept and starting writing around the idea: “Before too long.”

We’ll see where the concepts takes us, but for now we have a couple of lines that we like:

“Before too long we’ll see your glory

Before your throne, singing and bowing down

Overwhelmed by your naked glory

Before too long.”

No matter when it is, we know it’s before too long

Uptown Village Tree Lighting

Tree Lighting and a whole lot more!

This year’s Uptown Village Tree Lighting festival in Vancouver, Wa kicked of a fun evening on the front steps of Compass Church. Some of the festivities surrounding the tree lighting even were the food provided by The Mighty Bowl and Sabor Mexicano, train rides on the VFW Train (Loci the locomotive), the Hough Elementary School choir, and many other local uptown businesses.

By The Mane Performs

jeremy-kylerAfter the tree lighting we had the chance to play a few Christmas tunes that we worked up in our own style and had a blast doing it! From the steps of Compass Church we blasted bass, beats, and groove out across Main street. We’ll post a few pictures and videos as we get them. Things went so well we’re considering recording them over the next few months to put on a Christmas EP that we’ll release next year.

Our set list consisted of:

  1. Angels We Have Heard on High
  2. Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
  3. Good Christian Men Rejoice
  4. What Child is This?
  5. Go Tell it on the Mountain

For those of you that were there, what was your favorite song? We’d love to hear from you!