Archive for December, 2011


Recordings of the Carols

December 8, 2011

The following links will lead you to audio files of my “December Tales” CD, recorded in 1999. These 16 carols are sung by John Huntington, who is accompanied by Ann Bunker on piano and a full orchestra.

A Simple Carol

Spell Of Noel

How Far To Bethlehem

Baby Jesus, Sleeping There

Of A Dark Night


What About Jesus

I Cradle You Close


Angels On Christmas

The Tiniest Star

One Gift


Looking Across The Manger

Find Him

December Tale (lyric by Orson Scott Card)

In February of 2011, my dear friend Mark Park produced a new recording of John Huntington singing all 27 carols, with the original piano accompaniments again played by Ann Bunker. This lovingly recorded CD features the 11 songs composed since the 1999 recording (excluding this year’s carol).

The Tiniest Star (1972)

Glory (1973)

Baby Jesus, Sleeping There (1974)

Of a Dark Night (1975)

How Far to Bethlehem (1976)

The Caroling Song (1977)

What About Jesus (1983)

I Cradle You Close (1984)

Looking Across the Manger (1985)

The Spell of Noel (1986)

Ornaments (1988)

A Simple Carol (1993)

December Tale (1996) (lyric by Orson Scott Card)

One Gift (1997)

Angels on Christmas (1998)

Find Him (1999)

Carved to See Him (2000)

Christmas Snow (2001)

Friends (2002)

The Christmas House (2003)

Would You Go (2004)

Back Home Again (2005) (lyric by Orson Scott Card)

Another Christmas (2006)

One December Day (2007)

The Day that Christ was Born (2008)

Joseph’s Christmas (2009)

Our Old-fashioned Holiday (2010)


Christmas 2011

December 2, 2011

Dear Blog Readers,

Merry Christmas everybody from the Stoddards of Virginia. This year’s carol, “If You Could Stay Awake on Christmas Eve,” is posted below. The melody is derived from one of the interlude pieces I recently composed for my own stage adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. The production was performed at Southern Virginia University last month to sell-out crowds. But that’s another story. Never mind. Anyway, the lyric has nothing to do with Jane Austen. The tune sounded Beethoven-esque in the play, but when I came up with the idea of a parent tempting a child to stay awake to catch a glimpse of Santa–all the while really trying to get the kid to sleep, I added an accompaniment figure that edged the song towards Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker territory.

This carol is dedicated to Eliza and Penny Olsen, daughters of our good friends Burke and Nicole Olsen. Eliza is four, the perfect age to be delighted by this song. She can sing it to her 1-year old sister to keep her awake on Christmas Eve.

Let me know if you enjoy it.

If You Could Stay Awake 2011 (revised 12-18-11)