Country superstar, Cole Knight, has it all—fame, fortune, fast cars, and willing women. Yet, he’s dying inside, drowning in a swirling pool of self-contempt and relentless guilt.
It’s easier to lose himself in a whiskey bottle than face the hard truth—he hasn’t delivered on a sacred promise made to his father. And it rips out pieces of his heart and soul each time the memory surfaces.
It’s almost Christmas, and the sting of that failure drives him back to the tiny cabin in the Cumberland Mountains where he lost his entire family.
But has he waited too late to put the shattered pieces back together?
It is not often that someone creates a new album of Christmas music that is refreshing and exciting. But Randy C. Moore has accomplished that with his new release he entitled simply, The Christmas Album by Randy C. Moore.
So what can be different about Christmas music? I’ll tell you.
It is the perfect eclectic mix of new and old songs. The album begins with “All I Want for Christmas.” Never before have the words been more relevant than the present day. “All I want for Christmas is peace….” Yep! Me too, Randy!
“Born in a Barn,” is an original by Moore and it is reflective and poignant. A beautiful melody and compelling lyrics make it an easy favorite. “The shepherds and wise men followed his star. They never thought he’d be born in a barn. Oh, the King of all Kings was born in a barn…”
A story song, “A Christmas Day in Memphis” tells of the never-ending heartache of missed love. “So I turn my back, my collar slowly to the wind, try to make it through another cold December day again. Oh, I could flood that Mississippi if I let go of the tears I want to cry. It might be easier to die. When I think about all the things I’m missing on a Christmas day in Memphis…”
Originally a poem penned by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in 1860, “I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day,” is a traditional song. But Moore adds “Ode to Joy” chimes and a vintage 1960’s groove to tell the story. It’s just beautifully done.
“I’ll Be Home Next Year” is another original tune from Moore. Taking elements from Moore’s own father’s letters written from overseas military duty, the song builds to a conclusion that brings our hero home for Christmas, but not in the way that we might have wanted it to. “She gazed upon the little card shining in her hand and she read the promise that he wrote one Christmas Eve ago. Next year I’ll be home for Christmas. Next year, you can plan on me. When you think of me this year, fill your heart with Christmas cheer…”
Taking a moment to reflect on the true meaning of the season, “Is This all that Christmas Means?” cuts to the chase. The song begs to ask the question, “have we lost our way to the meaning of Christmas?” The lyrics clearly illustrate how somewhere we’ve lost sight of the true message. Randy’s wish is to lift the heavy load off of Christmas and make it a time of peace on earth. He says, “Skip Black Friday, it’s only gonna let you down, folks.” Yep, I agree with you again, Randy!
On the traditional “Silver Bells,” written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, Moore brings the song to life as a tribute to his mother, Evelyn. It was her favorite song.
”Stille Nacht, Silent Night” was composed as a Christmas carol by Franz Xaver Gruber in Austria for a Christmas Eve service in 1818. Moore’s arrangement mixes traditional Austrian/German singing with English. I cannot tell you how much this version moved me.
Just when I’m settling into the flow of traditional Christmas music, Moore takes it in an entirely different direction with a rocking “There Ain’t No Santa Clause.” Through the lyrics of this song, he gives a vast amount of substantial evidence to prove the existence of Saint Nicholas. “Well, all I really know is he left me this guitar, so I never will believe there ain’t no Santa Clause…”
Another classic, “The Little Drummer Boy” is the well-known tale of a poor child who wants to give the Christ child a gift at the Nativity. But all he has is a little drum. Moore’s arrangement of the song puts the drum beat front and center, emphasizing its importance. The video below is four years old, but it gives you a glimpse at the richness of Randy C. Moore’s voice.
So, if you are looking for some new Christmas music for the Holiday season, this album is a great choice.
You can purchase a hard copy of the album directly through Randy.