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From the DeFord household to you and yours, happy Christmas!

Each year I try to do a “Christmas Card Carol” to give away in lieu of fudge or cookies. (That’s because you don’t want my cookery. Trust me.) I never seem to get them done in time to be useful for the current year, and this year’s is no exception. So…

Here on Christmas Eve Eve (is that a thing?) is this year’s carol, “On a Christmas Long Ago.” The recording features vocals by my dear friend James Loynes.

Here’s a video of the same track. (It’s just the lyrics on a background… my imagination ran out about when the week did.)

The only score is solo voice–for now. I’ll probably do a choir arrangement for next year, and add the obbligato score then.

May your Christmas be joyful,
and may your new year
be filled with love and hope and peace.

  8 Responses to “On a Christmas Long Ago”


    This is absolutely beautiful! I love it. Thank you for sharing this lovely, tender Christmas Carol Card.


    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do this as a SATB number! It is so beautiful. In fact, all of your music is amazing! Thanks for sharing your talent for all of us to enjoy.


    Your music touches my heart. I always look forward to listening to your new songs. Thank you for sharing!


    Sally, just returned from St. George, Utah, where we had a nice family party and Christmas program for my Mom and Dad and a few of their friends, featuring a couple of our favorite ‘Sally Songs’. I probably started writing and recording music about the same time as you and Kurt did (he played trumpet on our first album…and no, I didn’t say CD!), but I don’t think I’ve ever written anything as good as To Those Who Came Before Me, or If the Savior Stood Beside Me…you have a beautiful gift, and you’ve magnified it by your willingness to share your songs with the world.
    Over the past couple of years, I’ve been blessed to lead the singing in our Sr. Primary, and I’m always touched when my kids sing one of your songs–they always bring the spirit, and they usually make it hard for me to read the music through my tears (actually, that’s true both of your songs AND the kids!).
    What you’ve been inspired and blessed to create touches hearts all over the world…thank you so much!


    Thank you !.. as always , your music is so amazing !! JUST AMAZING !


    I love all your music! I am our Ward’s choir director and I use your music every chance I get. The melodies are beautiful and touching. We are doing your Silent Night Cantata this year and doing several other of your songs along with it. We are doing, “In a Manger Bed”, “Immanuel, Immanuel”, “Guard Him, Joseph”, “Love Knows No Borders”, and “What Child Is This”. We, as a choir, especially love the song, “Peace, Peace, Peace”, in the Silent Night Cantata.
    You have a special gift, and we love singing your music. I can hardly wait for anything knew that is added. “On a Christmas Long Ago”, is another beautiful message in song. Keep up the great work. We love you!


    I just can’t thank you enough for sharing your incredible talent with everyone like you do. Your music has made a huge difference to me, my family, my choir and everyone else that hears it. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.


    Thank you for ‘Angels We Have Heard on High’ with the piano duet and ‘Silent Night.’ They have become a tradition for our ward choir to sing every year for the past few years. Your music is so beautiful!

    I agree with you on baking, I would rather play the piano, then bake.

    You are a very talented lady and I really appreciate your music arrangements.

    Thank you so much for giving us such special music. You are very unselfish and sharing.

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