Luxury Advent Calendar for the Soul – 15 December

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Behind today’s window is a song and appeal.

I found this on this post: http://www.folkradio.co.uk/2017/12/ralph-mctell-streets-of-london-to-help-the-homeless-annie-lennox/

 

Legendary singer-songwriter, Ralph McTell, has re-recorded his timeless song, ‘Streets of London’, with a choir made up of clients from Crisis – the national charity for homeless people – and guest vocalist Annie Lennox, to raise money for the cause in the run-up to Christmas.

 

Ralph McTell said: “It’s 50 years since I wrote Streets of London and it saddens me that the issues raised in the song are still so relevant today. When the idea of a single to support Crisis was mooted, I was very pleased that it might help raise awareness of the charity’s work and the wider issue of homelessness. I have been performing a Christmas concert in aid of Crisis for a few years now; inspired by its commitment to improving the circumstances of so many.

“I was also thrilled that the wonderful Annie Lennox was prepared to lend her voice to a new recording, and when I discovered that Crisis had its own choir, it offered the perfect opportunity to create a new and exciting version of a song so many people know.”

Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive of Crisis, said: “Our heartfelt thanks go to Ralph McTell, Annie Lennox and all Crisis clients and staff who lent their voices to this record. The vital funds and awareness it will raise will help us support even more people facing homelessness this Christmas.

“It’s 50 years since Crisis was founded as an urgent response to an unacceptable situation – and it’s nothing less than a tragedy that we are still here today when homelessness should be a thing of the past.

“This collaboration between our clients and Ralph McTell can help us to raise awareness of the similar crisis we’re facing 50 years on. But homelessness isn’t inevitable and we’ll continue to work to ensure we won’t be needed in another 50 years’ time.”

To download the track for 99p click heresmarturl.it/streetsoflondon

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Luxury Advent Calendar of the Soul – 14 December

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Behind today’s window is probably one of the only popular music records about the Last Judgement with biblical references a-plenty! The Man Comes Around by Johnny Cash.

 

The Man Comes Around
“And I heard, as it were, the noise of thunder
One of the four beasts saying,
‘Come and see.’ and I saw, and behold a white horse”

There’s a man goin’ ’round takin’ names
And he decides who to free and who to blame
Everybody won’t be treated all the same
There’ll be a golden ladder reachin’ down
When the man comes around

The hairs on your arm will stand up
At the terror in each sip and in each sup
Will you partake of that last offered cup
Or disappear into the potter’s ground?
When the man comes around

Hear the trumpets hear the pipers
One hundred million angels singin’
Multitudes are marchin’ to the big kettledrum
Voices callin’, voices cryin’
Some are born and some are dyin’
It’s alpha and omega’s kingdom come
And the whirlwind is in the thorn tree
The virgins are all trimming their wicks
The whirlwind is in the thorn tree
It’s hard for thee to kick against the pricks

Till armageddon no shalam, no shalom
Then the father hen will call his chickens home
The wise man will bow down before the throne
And at his feet they’ll cast their golden crowns
When the man comes around

Whoever is unjust let him be unjust still
Whoever is righteous let him be righteous still
Whoever is filthy let him be filthy still
Listen to the words long written down
When the man comes around

Hear the trumpets hear the pipers
One hundred million angels singin’
Multitudes are marchin’ to the big kettledrum
Voices callin’, voices cryin’
Some are born and some are dyin’
It’s alpha and omega’s kingdom come
And the whirlwind is in the thorn tree
The virgins are all trimming their wicks
The whirlwind is in the thorn trees
It’s hard for thee to kick against the prick
In measured hundredweight and penny pound
When the man comes around

“And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts
And I looked, and behold a pale horse
And his name that sat on him was death, and hell followed with him”

Songwriters: Johnny Cash
The Man Comes Around lyrics © BMG Rights Management US, LLC

Luxury Advent Calendar for the Soul – 11 December

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Behind today’s window is a twitter thread, read the whole story, it’s a series of tweets about the best Christmas gift someone ever received. My thanks to Rox Nicholl for showing me this! Click on the tweet below and then scroll down to read the story.

 

Luxury Advent Calendar for the Soul – 10 December

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Behind today’s window is a song. Come on my soul by Rend Collective Experiment.

Lord, we open up our hearts to you
We let down our walls
Sing my soul
Sing my soul
Sing my soul
Sing my soul
Sing my soul
Sing my soul
Sing my soul
Sing my soul
Come on my soul
Come on my soul
Let down your walls
And sing my soul
Come on my soul
Come on my soul
Let down your walls
And sing my soul
Raise you voices
Come on my soul
Come on my soul
Let down your walls
And sing my soul
Come on, come on, come on, come on
It’s time to look up
Come on, come on, come on, come on
It’s time to look up
Come on, come on, come on, come on
It’s time to look up (raise your voices)
Come on, come on, come on, come on
It’s time to look up
Come on my soul
Come on my soul
Come on my soul
Let down our walls
And sing my soul
Come on my soul
Come on my soul
Let down our walls
And sing my soul
Sing my soul
Sing my soul
Sing my soul
Sing my soul
Come on and sing my soul
Sing my soul
Sing my soul
Sing my soul
Songwriters: Gareth Gilkeson / Chris Llewellyn / Ali Gilkeson / Patrick Thompson / Stephen Mitchell
Come on My Soul lyrics © Capitol Christian Music Group