December 19

Reflect in “Silent Night” by Randy Travis


Ask anyone to suggest a Christmas song and for sure, Silent Night will be indispensable.

It’s time to take a breather from loud music. Let us join Randy Travis in singing softly one of the most famous Christmas carols of all time. And while we are singing, could we spare a minute or two to also breathe a silent prayer for peace in our families and our country.

“Silent Night” by Randy Travis

I love this version of Randy Travis! I like the simplicity of the arrangement and the acapella singing. By not adding instrumentation, the simple yet wondrous message was beautifully conveyed. The setup is also noteworthy with Randy and the choir perched atop boulders. The lamps were also a highlight in making this music video memorable. It is a sacred symbolism of us finding light even in that darkest pit of the night. All combined, this is a “Silent Night” rendition worth playing and sharing.


This Austrian song still shines during Christmas. It still is the leading song among the most played, sang and downloaded Christmas tracks today.

Originally a poem written in 1816 by an Austrian priest named Joseph Mohr, this piece has traveled in far places bringing along serenity as it proclaims the Savior’s birth.

Mr. Mohr then passed his composition to his friend, Franz Xavier Gruber. He added melody to it, the kind that has well complemented the piety in the poem’s wordings.

Its first presentation was for a midnight mass in a small, alpine village called Obendorf. That was also the Christmas Eve of 1818.

Perhaps due to its continuing popularity and widespread influence, some films and theatrical acts tried to depict how the song was birthed. Most based their storyline on the Obendorf tale that the St. Nicholas church’s organ got broken. In its place came the “Silent Night” sung with guitar accompaniment.


Christmas Songs, gospel, Randy Travis

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