If there was no tree this year, no rows of twinkling lights
No ornaments, no bells to ring, no frosty snowmen bright
I’d miss the cheerful bustle with which the season starts
But no matter where I find myself, I’ll keep Christmas in my heart. ~ Lynn Emberg Purse
We have long considered creating an online musical Christmas card instead of sending paper cards and Christmas letters; this is the year that it happens. “Father Christmas” was composed from a dream that my husband had of his father. Bill handed me the text and music for the chorus, I completed the text and music for the verses and bridge and scored it for keyboards and percussion. Our friend Judy joined us to record it for the “Christmas at Duquesne, Vol. 2” CD. Now we would like to share the video version with our friends and families as our Christmas greeting this year. May the blessings of love and peace be with you throughout the coming year. Enjoy!
Father Christmas, Father Time Mother Earth in ancient rhyme Help the angels sing your name I’ll see you Father, once again
Christmas seen through childish eyes Glitter gold and treasures prized, and yet around each childish heart the warmth of love and family start
A world of sorrow, a world of pain, a world in which there seems no gain. But nonetheless, remember this, a world was won by a child of grace
Looking back on memories, I see the joy of family A father’s love, a mother’s joy for all their children, girl and boy
Fathers, mothers, listen now Sisters, brothers, make this vow to love each other on this earth and share the bonds of love and mirth
Lynn Emberg Purse, vocals and keyboards; Bill Purse, vocals and percussion, sound engineer and producer; Judith Bowman, keyboards. A special thanks to my niece and great niece Jessica and Olivia and to my mother and my husband for allowing me to film them, and to Michael for providing the red rose.
Soundtrack on the “Christmas at Duquesne, Vol. 2” CD available at the Duquesne University’s Mary Pappert School of Music, 412-396-6080. All proceeds go towards scholarships for Duquesne University music students.