Twenty six years ago I wrote a song for a friend who was doing a custom album. She was looking for an “all season Christmas song.”
I set about writing a song that would highlight what happened before and after the birth of Christ. The result was a song called In the First Light.
At the time I had just gotten off the road with the group GLAD. My arrangements and melodies for GLAD were typically on the complicated side, so I intentionally tried to write a simple melody. Ironically, it became one of my most well known songs. It was the first of many times I’d learn complex doesn’t always mean better.
Last year Travis Cottrell did a version of In the First Light that I think captures the drama of the lyrics. Enjoy.