Eric Folkerth’s Christmas EP

Here’s a little online Christmas EP for you.

A little about each song below the player.

Hope you enjoy it.

About the Songs: 

Christmastime Is Here
The classic Vince Guaraldi song from “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” I just thought it would be fun to learn it on guitar.

Come Home
This great song was written by my good friend, Bill Nash. I think it’s one of my personal favorite Christmas songs, and just captures the essence of the season. I’m pleased that he let me record it a few years back.

The Martyr of Black Friday
A song I wrote about the death of Jdimytai Damour, on Black Friday in 2008. Possibly the most depressingly themed Christmas song ever. Learn more of his story here.

My Thanksgiving song.

Midnight Clear Mashup
If you really listen to the lyrics of this famous hymn, you find it’s a powerful song of peace. (Especially verse two). So, I decided to juxtapose message of peace in the Christmas story, with every modern President and their messages of “peace through strength.” The great theologian, Linus, gets the final word.

In the Bleak Midwinter

The classic hymn by Christina Rossetti. I love the stark imagery in this song…not only of winter…but also of incarnation itself…of a mother’s love and how that too is a part of incarnation.

Christmas Snow
Two years ago, it snowed on Christmas Eve. One of my most amazing moments in recent years was being in church at 11 pm, as everyone held up  candles and sang “Silent Night.” And I had the privilege of  being able to look out beyond the candlelight, and see  falling snow, silhouetted by the street lights. That image stays with me, as one of the most incredible visuals I’ve ever seen, and helped inspire this song.

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. His passion for social justice goes beyond mere words. He’s been arrested at the White House, defending immigrants and “The Dreamers,” and he’s officiated at same sex weddings in his churches, in defiance of what some believe is Methodist teaching. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He’s a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named “best judge” by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

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