The Den Mother’s Christmas Music Sampler, Vol. 9
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It’s almost official. When Wednesday night turns into Thursday morning the Christmas season will be over. Tomorrow is the feast of the Epiphany, celebrating when the Magi arrived to visit the infant Jesus. Epiphany is a much bigger celebration in Orthodox Christianity than in western Christianity, thus earning the misnomer “Orthodox Christmas.”
In observance of Epiphany, my final Christmas Music Sampler features six versions of “We Three Kings” that couldn’t possibly be more different from one another. Some of the artists have been featured in other samplers, but others are new. I would like to give a special nod to the United States Air Force Airmen of Note, one of several military musical ensembles whose service is music. As something of a jazz fan, I especially like the Airmen of Note. The Air Force Band, of which the Airmen of Note are a component, puts forth as their mission:
[… to] inspire our citizens to heightened patriotism and service; strengthen relations with Allies, coalition partners and international friends; and pay tribute to those who have given their “last, full measure of devotion.” Utilizing the powerful medium of music, The U.S. Air Force Band helps forge new bonds between the United States and the worldwide community, transcending language and connecting people.
And on that note (pun intended), we conclude this year’s Christmas Music Sampler series. Thanks for listening.