Songs of Advent 8

images-1Just like O Little Town of Bethlehem, the carol Silent Night is so enmeshed with our photoshopped ideas of the birth story, it’s easy to view Christmas as a seasonal and romantic escape from the harsher business of life.  An honest reading of the story, though, makes escape impossible.

Though recorded in a different age, Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘Silent Night and the 7 o’clock news’, the final track on their 1966 album Parley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme, makes a more timeless point.


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