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Best of New Christmas Music: Do You Hear What I Hear by Gentri

Do You Hear What I Hear is not really all that old of a Christmas song. But it is a classic and one that has been covered twice this year by Gentri, who we admit have become one of our perennial Christmas favs:

That video above is the live studio version with Bri Ray — and it is a stunner, no?

But don’t forget this other version, featuring the kids telling the Nativity story:

Both of these versions are worthy of our attention — for both their musicality and they message.

The song was born in the fall of 1962, a troubled time if there ever was one. It was a tense time, a time when the world was on the verge of war. It is an anthem for peace, which is, of course, at the very core of the message of Christmas:

Said the night wind to the little lamb,
do you see what I see
Way up in the sky, little lamb,
do you see what I see
A star, a star, dancing in the night
With a tail as big as a kite
With a tail as big as a kite

Said the little lamb to the shepherd boy,
do you hear what I hear
Ringing through the sky, shepherd boy,
do you hear what I hear
A song, a song, high above the trees
With a voice as big as the sea
With a voice as big as the sea

Said the shepherd boy to the mighty king,
do you know what I know
In your palace warm, mighty king,
do you know what I know
A Child, a Child shivers in the cold
Let us bring Him silver and gold
Let us bring Him silver and gold

Said the king to the people everywhere,
listen to what I say
Pray for peace, people everywhere!
listen to what I say
The Child, the Child, sleeping in the night
He will bring us goodness and light
He will bring us goodness and light

It has become something of a tradition to feature Gentri each year during these “Best of Christmas music” features. The reason we do this each year is pretty simple: these men have the Spirit of Christmas and great talent in bringing for a wonderful message in music.

We want them to know we DO hear them. And we’re grateful.

Father of 7, Grandfather of 7, husband of 1. Freelance writer, Major League baseball geek, aspiring Family Historian.