July 9, 2020

Advent Music: An Advent Invitation from Peter Mayer

The promise that comes to us in the darkness…

Maybe peace hides in a storm
Maybe winter’s heart is warm
Maybe Light itself is born
In the longest night…

Light a candle, sing a song
Say that the shadows shall not cross
Make an oblation out of all you’ve lost
In the longest night

Gather friends and cast your hopes
Into the fire as it snows
And stare at God through the dark windows
Of the longest night
Of the year

A night that seems like a lifetime
If you’re waiting for the sun
So why not sing to the nighttime
And the burning stars up above?

Come with drums, bells and horns
Come in silence, come forlorn
Come like a miner to the door
Of the longest night

For deep in the stillness, deep in the cold
Deep in the darkness, a miner knows
That there is a diamond in the soul
Of the longest night
Of the year

A night that seems like a lifetime
If you’re waiting for the sun
So why not sing to the nighttime
And the burning stars up above?

Maybe peace hides in a storm
Maybe winter’s heart is warm
And maybe light itself is born
In the longest night
In the longest night…

By Peter Mayer

Comments

  1. There is a nice post about Martin Luther and that long night on Jesus Creed today.

  2. For the traditionalists among us, just a reminder that there are two Advent hymns that absolutely kick butt: Veni Veni and Wachet Auf. If only we had two more, the season would be covered. Sadly, the others only range up to “OK.”

    • senecagriggs says

      Taking your advice Richard; I just listened to those two songs on youtube. I heard the Manheim Steamroller version of Veni Veni and Bach’s Wachet Auf.

      They are both gorgeous.

      Thank you.

  3. My favorite “this time of year” song….” A Long December” by the Counting Crows.

    A long December and there’s reason to believe
    Maybe this year will be better than the last
    I can’t remember the last thing that you said as you were leavin’
    Now the days go by so fast

    And it’s one more day up in the canyons
    And it’s one more night in Hollywood
    If you think that I could be forgiven I wish you would

    The smell of hospitals in winter
    And the feeling that it’s all a lot of oysters, but no pearls
    All at once you look across a crowded room
    To see the way that light attaches to a girl

    And it’s one more day up in the canyons
    And it’s one more night in Hollywood
    If you think you might come to California I think you should

    Drove up to Hillside Manor sometime after two a.m.
    And talked a little while about the year
    I guess the winter makes you laugh a little slower,
    Makes you talk a little lower about the things you could not show her

    And it’s been a long December and there’s reason to believe
    Maybe this year will be better than the last
    I can’t remember all the times I tried to tell my myself
    To hold on to these moments as they pass

    And it’s one more day up in the canyon
    And it’s one more night in Hollywood
    It’s been so long since I’ve seen the ocean I guess I should
    Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1D5PtyrewSs

  4. on thick grey clouds
    the heavy promise of snow
    written in my heart

  5. Peter is the greatest singer/songwriter no one has ever heard of…

  6. Wow! Beautiful.