Christmas

A Child of the Snows (Two Voices + Percussion)

A Child of the Snows (Two Voices + Percussion)

A Child of the Snows Music by Eric Pazdziora, 2016 Text by G. K. Chesterton, from Poems, 1916. Premiered September 9, 2016 at the University of Maryland, College Park, NextNOW Fest / TEMPO New Music Vivian Wang, soprano Sarah Best, mezzo-soprano Jonathan Clancy, percussion   Program Notes “A Child of the Snows” was written by […]

Half-Spent Was The Night: Christmas Piano Improvisations

Half-Spent Was The Night: Christmas Piano Improvisations

Half-Spent Was the Night: Christmas Piano Improvisations by Eric Pazdziora Here is a brand-new album of Christmas piano improvisations, Half-Spent Was The Night, which I recorded this week. It started as a small side project and quickly became something that I thought other people might enjoy as well. I improvised solo piano arrangements of fifteen traditional […]

Reader Comments: Are Christmas Trees Pagan Idols?

Reader Comments: Are Christmas Trees Pagan Idols?

A few years back I published what has turned out to be one of my more popular articles: The True Meaning of Christmas Trees: The Spiritual Abuse Connection. It’s a series of reflections inspired by seeing some well-intended but irate Christians quoting Old Testament scriptures, most commonly Jeremiah 10, to argue that Christmas trees are […]

Tacky Nativity Scenes: Sock Monkey Edition

Tacky Nativity Scenes: Sock Monkey Edition

Communication from Alien Vessel: “People of Earth, inform us of the true meaning of this custom you call ‘Christmas.’” Message Received from Earth: “Well, [static] Jesus was born in a manger, and [lots of static] so we stuff their stockings [static] give them toy animals [static] like monkeys, [static] in nativity scenes [static] from Santa […]

Away in a Manger (String Orchestra)

Away in a Manger (String Orchestra)

This year, as part of my composition studies at UNC-Greensboro, I had a class in orchestration and was tasked with arranging a piece for strings. I chose my SATB acapella setting of “Away in a Manger”. The piece got a reading from the excellent Gate City Camerata, and I was quite pleased with how the […]

A Very Music Theory Christmas

A Very Music Theory Christmas

If you’re looking for the perfect Christmas gift for the person who has everything…. … and, if you’re looking for something to play on it, how about a brand new CD from Thornfield, or a slightly older CD from me? (Note: May not actually be playable on a Philco Port-O-Sound Cart. Check with your local […]

Is Christmas Biblical? A Few More Comments

Is Christmas Biblical? A Few More Comments

It’s now officially the time of year — i.e., Christmas —  when people find my website by searching for such unlikely things as “Is Christmas Pagan?” and “The True Meaning of Christmas Trees” and “Tacky Nativity Scenes” and, of course, “Angels We Have Heard on High” (SATB acapella). Ah, the joys of being an unsystematic theology […]

Tacky Nativity Scenes 3: Electric Boogaloo

Tacky Nativity Scenes 3: Electric Boogaloo

Hey, everybody! It’s the last day of Kistchmas, so let’s play Holiday Mashup! Here’s how it works: You take the Nativity story and something else that’s nothing at all like the Nativity story, and you put them together and see what you get! Ready? Go!   The prophets fortell the chosen one Who makes my […]

Tacky Nativity Scenes 2: The Kitsch that Stole Christmas

Tacky Nativity Scenes 2: The Kitsch that Stole Christmas

Welcome back to our annual celebration of Kitschmas! Today’s theme is: Nativity scenes made of things that should not be used to make Nativity scenes. Brace yourselves….   You never sausage a nativity! It’s made of bacon, yet it’s still in bad taste! (Sorry. I know that jokes that bad aren’t kosher.)   What child […]