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.

Thanks
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 has been Senior Pastor of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas since 2001. During his tenure, church membership has grown almost 30 percent, and a completely new church facility (sanctuary and education building) has been constructed. Northaven is a leading progressive Christian congregation in the Southwest. Northaven is an eclectic collection of gay and straight families, artists, musicians, theater folks, academic theologians, lawyers and judges (go figure), socially conscious community activists, people who don't "check their brain at the door," and a wide array of others who either see it as their "last chance" inside the "institutional church," or their first trip back in decades. Eric is an avid blogger and published author.  Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's an engaging live performer whose first CD was released in 2000. His songs have won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. 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. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. (As always, if you like this post, then "like" this on Facebook by clicking the box below, so others can see too...)

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