To end the Christmas season, Gracie has has chosen 4 carols: While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night; What Child is This, O Come, Angels from the Realms of Glory; O Come, O come, Immanuel; O Come, All Ye Faithful See you next year!
Gracie wishes you all a Merry Christmas. She loves playing hymns for you every week. On this Christmas Day, she shares one of her favorite carols: I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day. The lyrics were written by the great American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Writing for The Gospel Coalition, Justin Taylor provides this background […]
Hymns for Christmas Eve
Before we headed back up to the the North Shore for the weekend, trying to outrace a blizzard (we succeeded), Gracie recorded this collection of carols for Christmas Eve. (email readers, please go here to see the video) Watch for a special song tomorrow.
Mandarin Christmas Medley
One of my favorite YouTube channels for learning Chinese is Chinese Buddy Songs. It uses quirky songs and animation to teach basic Chinese words, phrases, and structures. Chinese Buddy is the brainchild of a New Zealander named Timothy. He is a trained musician and is passionate about “using music and technology to grow Mandarin learning.” Awhile […]
Advent Hymns (British)
Living in Pakistan for many years and attending Anglican services there, Gracie came to love some of the British Advent hymns. Her all-time favorite, which is rarely sung in the US, is In the Bleak Midwinter. She also came to love the different tunes (we just call them “the British tunes”) of O Little Town […]
Why Are They Lining Up?
In what has to be one of the most fascinating lenses through which to observe history and societal change, this short film chronicles recent Chinese history by looking at the different things Chinese people have lined up for over the years. It was posted to the BBC website under the title “China’s History as Told […]