MUSIC: Mason Jennings and Sarah Harmer sing John Prine’s “Christmas in Prison” Live in Minneapolis

Mason Jennings is a new singer/songwriter favorite of mine. Here’s he’s joined by Canadian singer/songwriter and environmental activist Sarah Harmer on John Prine’s “Christmas in Prison.”

I hope this proves an unexpected and welcome pleasure. And if you can, stay out of prison this holiday season!

For more on Mason Jennings visit http://www.masonjennings.com
For more on Sarah Harmer visit http://www.sarahharmer.com

To view Mason Jenning’s video of the track “Lonely Street” from his new album ALWAYS BEEN, click below:

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TYLER STENSON – “I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day”

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View a video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ADC1thdY9A&feature=youtu.be

Tyler Stenson, the talented singer/songwriter out of Portland, Oregon always moves me with his expressive voice and deeply moving lyrical and melodic constructions. Here he deftly tries his hand at “I Heard the Bells”, breathing new and intriguing life into an old holiday standard. What a perfect choice, with lyrics that articulate the zeitgeist of our time.

And in despair I bowed my head
“There is no peace on earth,” I said,
“For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
With peace on earth, good will to men.”

For years, whenever I would think of this song, I would hear in my head the voice of Johnny Cash peforming his 1960’s version for Capitol Records. I think now I’ll be hearing Tyler’s voice. Thanks Tyler. You’ve done it again.

And before we forget, a shout out to the great American Poet who penned these lyrics in 1863:  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

You can buy a copy of the song here for just ONE DOLLAR http://tylerstenson.bandcamp.com/track/i-heard-the-bells