I enjoyed all of my Christmas gifts, but it was a real joy to receive a new Christmas song from Bob Bennett today. I have known Bob longer than any other musician. Somewhere around 1989, nearly twenty years ago, my friend Craig and I had a thought: why not have a musician perform at our church. Novel, huh? Only problem was we didn’t have a clue how to do that. I was holding Bob’s great CD, Songs from Bright Avenue, and I noticed a number for a booking agent on the liner notes. I called the number. The people were nice. Bob came. And since then I have probably hosted 50-75 concerts. I have lost track.
But I won’t forget the first concert. Bob proved himself then and afterwards as a gifted songwriter, good guitarist, great vocalist, and funny entertainer that always delights audiences. He was doing Christian music before there was much Contemporary Christian Music industry to speak of. His songs have always moved me, and it’s been a delight to see him every few years or so.
But, according to Bob, he’s been in a musical dry season of sorts for going on 18 months, unable to write one of those trademark songs he’s known for. That’s why it was a pleasure to get word of his new song, Carol of the Moon and Stars, today. It’s everything he’s known for --- profound lyrics, honey-smooth vocals, and a great melody. Pure and simple, it’s a gift.
I encourage you to download this very nice demo of the song here. (You’ll need to click on the Song of the month link). While you’re at it, buy a CD. Support a fine artist and very, very decent human being, Welcome back, Bob.