Monday Music: “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”

[ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Stewart McMillan gets to live his dream life (making a living helping people feel better as a chiropractor, and leading worship twice a month or so) all with the girl it took him five years to convince to marry him. They have three beautiful and passionate daughters.]

A guitar, a harmonica, and a rotary phone??

How is that sound possible with just an acoustic guitar and a harmonica? Well, when you play the harmonica into an old rotary phone headset mic, and run it through a whole bunch of effects pedals and two different guitar amps, you get this other-worldly and haunting sound out of a harmonica that maybe helps you identify with the cries of the people of Israel: “O Come to Us, Emmanuel.” Listen to Matthew Perryman Jones sing it here:

There is another version of this song that really brings out a verse that is relevant to our times. Whether a lack of unity in a family, or friendship, or church, or organization, but especially in light of the Ferguson and Eric Garner stories, perhaps this verse could be our prayer this Christmas

O Come, Desire of Nations bind,
In one, the hearts of all mankind,
Bid Thou our sad divisions cease,
And be Thyself the King of peace

This version, by Sleeping at Last, really makes this verse pop:

(Also, download Sleeping at Last’s Christmas album for free HERE: If your tastes are anything like mine, you won’t be disappointed, and please leave him a generous tip.)


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