—An original carol by Allen Johnson Jr.—
A Nest of Snakes ends with the lyrics of an original Christmas carol that I wrote back in the 1970s called “The First Christmas Eve.” Here is how that came about:
When I was a young man, when rock and roll was exploding on the music scene, I was attempting to be a songwriter. I was trying to write highly melodic, traditional, popular music at a time when there was no longer any demand for such songs. Needless to say, I was not successful in the music business.
One good thing that came out of that period, however, was a traditional Christmas carol I wrote called “The First Christmas Eve.” I believe this carol tells the nativity story in a way that captures the spirit of Christmas and, in the spirit of giving, I want to share it with all who enjoy the Blackwater Novels.
By clicking below, you can hear a recording of my carol, get the sheet music (a “Lead Sheet”), and a lovely (but difficult!) guitar arrangement done by my good friend, Richard Amster.
Linda Johnson was the vocalist on the recording, I was playing the guitar, and Bob Clark was playing bowed bass.
If you do this in the summer, Merry Christmas, anyway!
I hope you enjoy my traditional Christmas carol.