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Light of Bethlehem (w/ Roxylee)


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One night I walked out onto my back porch here in the Dallas area. I can remember the nights as a boy under the West Texas sky where the horizon was nearly 360 degrees and the stars ablaze and many constellations visible. Then as well as now I was feeling a strong presence of the Lord in my life. The words blurted out into my little postage stamp of a backyard...' I've not seen the stars since I don't know when.' My love for Celtic music and all things Irish, a melody flooded my heart and I sat down with God and wrote this song.

There are references to ideas in the Bible that also worked into the song. The Star, of course, announcing the birth of The Messiah. Following and trusting and His provision of a new life and a new way to look at eternity. Without turning this into a Bible Study, other references include, John 1:9, Revelation 3:20 and Psalm 8:3.

I want to thank Roxylee and my wife for this collaboration. After hearing and seeing Roxanne's level of unapologetic faith I felt compelled to approach her on adding in her vocal talent. My wife, Maureen wrote a great deal of this song as to it's rhythm and timing thru the acoustic guitar. I played mando, sang lead and played the recorder.

I went back and forth on the naming of the song. Should I name it Star of Bethlehem or Light of Bethlehem? I finally settled on "Light" because one could debate astronomically upon scientific calculations of an actual star. Either way, I know it takes faith but I feel that it's true...

Seek peace and pursue it.
Psalms 34
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Lyrics
Light of Bethlehem ©
words and music by Andy Wigzell

I’ve not seen the stars since I don’t know when,
But I still sense the light of Bethlehem.
It’s Jesus I’am talkin’ about It’s Jesus you know.
If you’re followin’ Him You’ll know where to go – Oh…
You’ll know where to go.

You’ll know how to live and you’ll know how to die.
You’ll know how to give and you’ll know how to cry.
You’ll see life a way you’ve never before.
You’ll know when He knocks, you’ll open the door- Oh…
You’ll open the door.

I’ve seen His great love and His word thru the years
And seen His wise answers of many a prayers.
Seen lives that have changed and many have healed
And the promise of God that no man can steal- No
That no man can steal.

I’ve often wondered what life it would be
Had there not been a cross up on Calvary
I know it takes Faith but I feel that it’s true
That Jesus the Lord died for me and for you-
That Jesus the Lord died for me and for you.

When I consider the works of His hands.
The moon and the stars – His oceans His lands
I feel a bit small but I know I’am His own.
When you go with the Lord ya ne’er go it alone- NO….
Ne’er go it alone.

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Uploaded: Mar 01, 2009 - 07:55:31 PM
Last Updated: Mar 14, 2009 - 02:56:50 PM Last Played: Jun 23, 2019 - 10:52:18 PM
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Comments
Feter said 3828 days ago (March 1st, 2009)
Light of Bethlehem
what can i say ...this is more than anything can describe ..the vocals the
arrangement ..just the kind of music that steel my heart ..great instruments
work ...this is a classic gem ...thnx alot for sharin !!!

* hmmmmmm is this why Roxy was mute for singing ????? ;-) ha !
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Roxylee said 3826 days ago (March 3rd, 2009)
Well...
There's's big difference, time-wise, between writing lyrics, playing, guitar, and recording vocal tracks to a new song, as compared to adding a few harmony bits to someone else's great song. But you knew that. ;-)
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awigze said 3828 days ago (March 1st, 2009)
Feter
Thanks for your continual kindness.
Actually, Roxylee had to squeeze me in... glad she did!
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mowguy3 said 3827 days ago (March 2nd, 2009)
Light of Bethlehem
Insturmentation is wonderfull, full and refreshing. Vocals and harmonies are perfect,as to be expected from you guys. A great song to start my day. Thank you all for getting togeather and creating such a fine work.
Be well, Russ
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awigze said 3827 days ago (March 2nd, 2009)
Russ
Thank you. Wow what a great compliment. I am humbled by your kind words. I was really wondering about this song because there is 5o ways to mix and master any song. At some point ya just gotta say ' put it in the can' and send it on it's way.
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Roxylee said 3826 days ago (March 3rd, 2009)
Thank you, Andy and Maureen
for asking me to be a part of this song. It is so God honoring and I love the celtic feel. I've never been to west Texas, but it must be awesome to stand under the stars with full view of the night sky. I'm glad that you were inspired to write this song about our Savior and Lord, and that you let me join in on the harmony.
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awigze said 3826 days ago (March 3rd, 2009)
Roxylee
It was really great to have your vocal talent on this song. I really loved your interpretation. What did you think of the final mix? Let me know of any suggestions.... I did add a low end EQ on the Master. Still not always sure how to get it just right. blessins'
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Patriotpizzaman said 3825 days ago (March 5th, 2009)
Sweet tribute
Our Lord and savior Jesus must be pleased with your efforts here. I sure am. I have a couple of contemporary christian songs I wrote a few years ago. I may just have to get them recorded and posted.

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awigze said 3824 days ago (March 5th, 2009)
David
Please do - that would be great. Glad you're here on MacJams - welcome
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thetiler said 3779 days ago (April 19th, 2009)
Thanks for sharing
this wonderful song. Such great words And lots of nice music !

Thanks again !
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awigze said 3778 days ago (April 20th, 2009)
Thanks tiler
glad you dropped in.... encouraging!
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MarkHolbrook said 3779 days ago (April 19th, 2009)
Nicely done!
Very nice indeed! The guitars sweet, the vocals are great!
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awigze said 3778 days ago (April 20th, 2009)
Mark Holbrook
Many thanks Mark, my wife is very good on the guitar I think and vocally could not have pulled this off without Roxanne and Maureen
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Calchas said 3778 days ago (April 20th, 2009)
Pretty...
Nicely done hymn friends. Lovely harmonies. But then Roxylee excels in that dept.

Be well!
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awigze said 3778 days ago (April 20th, 2009)
Calchas
Thanks Calchas... I agree with you. Roxylee really added something that was not there before!
Andy
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said 3778 days ago (April 20th, 2009)
Had there not been a cross up on Calvary
I heard a preacher say once, "why don't we sing Christmas and Easter hymns all year long?" This song reminded me of that sermon... It's an all season song of praise.

. - Harold
Soulman4270 said 3778 days ago (April 20th, 2009)
A Blessed Song
This is a Blessed Song.....Full of praise and honour to Our Lord.....Lovely voices and instrumentations....

God Bless
Soulman
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awigze said 3778 days ago (April 20th, 2009)
Soulman
Thanks soulman,,, I've been listening to a thing or two of yours and glad you are here.
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awigze said 3778 days ago (April 20th, 2009)
Harold
Thanks Harold
I agree with you - absolutely.... That's what I was going for! I am glad you commented... and listened
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Moviz said 3778 days ago (April 20th, 2009)
Lovely song
and words and it sounds like a wonderful old fashioned parade with the people singing playing their instruments and beating their drums as they travel the countryside.... a great celebratory song, regards M
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awigze said 3778 days ago (April 20th, 2009)
Moviz
Very insightful... I have been thinking of such things lately...
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Char said 3778 days ago (April 21st, 2009)
I loved
the concept, the Celtic lilt (My favorite music), the recorder, the lyrics and the singing. Very much a profession of faith and the strngth of your faith shines as bright as the star in the sky. Thanks.
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awigze said 3777 days ago (April 21st, 2009)
Char
I kow it takes faith but I feel that it's true.... thanks for droppin in,
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blindsidedpoets said 3774 days ago (April 24th, 2009)
Light of Bethlehem
This is great!!! Amazing Harmonies! Wonderfully simplistic musicality that allows the lyrics to be paramount!
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awigze said 3769 days ago (April 29th, 2009)
Blindsidepoet
Thanks a lot - what a great comment. I thought it was a bit slow but it's all in the feel so it is what it is....
thanks for dropping in.
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Dadai.2 said 3751 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
this is great....
Kudos Andy, Maureen, and Roxlee. A song of truth, faith, and hope in Christ with such a solid mix. The quality of the mix really stands out as each ingredient is balanced and distinct and blended into a wonderful whole.

Jack
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dbaymon34 said 3710 days ago (June 27th, 2009)
Nice Lyrics
Love the lyrics and message of the song
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