New Christmas Card CD

Jennifer Shaw Ministries November, 2013
 Jennifer Shaw

Merry Christmas!


Okay, I know, not quite.  :)  But that's how it's been around here. I decided that since I had a relatively quiet fall, we should do something we've been thinking about for years. I've always loved Christmas music, but we've never had a chance to do a project. This year, though, I decided to do a small, three song Christmas card. It looks like a Christmas card with a CD tucked inside. We did new arrangements for the classics "Angels We Have Heard on High" and "What Child is This?" as well as a new original Christmas song I wrote with Paul Marino called "Christmas is Forever." The songs were fully produced to the same standards we use in our full-length projects in Nashville.


We are hoping that people will use this card to spread the Christmas message to those around them this season. We tried to keep it very affordable so you can send them to your Christmas card list, give them to teachers as presents, to the staff members at your church, or even keep some on hand for those neighbors who show up with unexpected cookies (we've all been there!). We've left space on the inside so you can sign them with a message, and even left off the plastic wrapping so you wouldn't have to spend your life unwrapping them first!


They are only $5 each, but we are also selling discounted packs in our store- only $4 each when you buy multiples of 10, or as low as $3.60 each when you buy 50. That's the same price as a greeting card, but this one has music! We'll even include the mailers.


We've gotten two questions over and over - can they be mailed, and how much is postage? The answer is yes, they are safe to mail and the mailers we're including protect them even more. As for postage, they are more because they are square and weigh just under 2 ounces with the mailers, but without other inclusions, they'd be just under 2 stamps, so it's still not prohibitive. 


You can check out clips of the songs and the artwork now at my store. It's being manufactured as we speak, and I should have them to you aroundNov. 20th. There's even a cool link to a little video of the finished card so you can see what the whole thing looks like! If it goes well, we may even do another one next year.  :)


I've also updated my blog with all the things that have been happening this fall, so check that out. And don't forget to let us know if we can be praying for you - we love to hear from you!


In Christ,





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Christmas is Forever
A Christmas Prayer



I know what you're thinking - it's not even Thanksgiving! I'm the first person to get upset when the stores start playing Christmas music in October. But if you're going to make a Christmas project, you usually start thinking about Christmas in the summer so you have time to write, record, and produce the songs.


People ask me often what the songwriting process is like. It's different every time. But I wanted to share how we came up with "Christmas is Forever" because it represents what happens to me so often - I try to do my own thing, I end up coming to the place of asking God what He would like me to say, and He takes it in a completely different direction to something I never would have thought of.


I wrote my first two albums all by myself. After that, though, I started working with a new producer, Paul Marino, and we started co-writing. We've done most of the songwriting on my last two albums together, and now this new Christmas project as well. Working with someone else really has that iron-sharpens-iron effect, and it doesn't hurt that Paul's an award winning songwriting and producer. We have a similar esthetic and the same heart for ministry, so it's been a great partnership.


We decided to do this kind of last minute, so I went down to Nashville to write an original song and arrangements of two other traditional songs with Paul in early September. I had brought a couple of ideas with me, but I wasn't necessarily sold on either of them - the most difficult thing about writing a new song for a 2000 year old tradition is finding an idea that hasn't been done yet. And the concept is absolutely the hardest and most important part of songwriting in my opinion.


We tried my ideas first, but they weren't clicking. Then we started throwing out ideas, phrases, things that might spark a visual, just brainstorming. I take notes the entire time on my laptop, and it's always amazing at the end of the session to see how pages of chaotic notes become one clean and small set of lyrics. I think lyrics should always give you a mental picture, and should say as much as they can in the fewest words possible.


I had started by saying that it always made me sad at Christmas to see how many people missed the point entirely. Christmas isn't about Santa, it isn't about stuff. It's about the greatest gift even given to the world, Christ Jesus, and what He offers us. People are so busy and so unwilling sometimes to hear that that they rush through the season and miss the whole thing.


We were liking some of our melodic ideas, but the lyrics were coming out very cynical, almost preachy. They were poignant, but I was starting to feel like we were trying to hit people over the head with the frying pan of Christianity.


Finally, Paul said, "We've got a point, but what are we really trying to say to people? If there was one thing we'd want them to hear or know at Christmas, what is it?" We'd already written some lyrics about the seasonal display of a stable, and how it would be gone again in just a few weeks. I said, "I'd want them to know this isn't just a seasonal thing we do out of tradition. It's something that changed the world, that changed history. It's for everyone all the time."


Paul said, "We need to make it a prayer."


It totally changed the direction of the session, and within about an hour we had the majority of it laid out. We still hammered away on minor details of word choice and little changes in the melody over the next two days, but it was amazing to see it come together. I've never written anything quite like it, but it says exactly what I'd want to say to people at Christmas: Jesus' coming has changed everything for all time. Here's one of the verses:


I pray you know what wise men knew:

That Jesus is the Savior.

God's eternal love is true

And Christmas is Forever.


I pray you know it too! Christmas will be here before we know it, but when we know Christ, it's been here all along.



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About Jennifer Shaw Music 
Jennifer Shaw is a speaker, author, singer, songwriter and worship leader. Her ministry has been featured by Focus on the Family, Insight for Living, FamilyLife Today, Autism Speaks, Joni and Friends, and many more. Her new book, Life Not Typical: How Special Needs Parenting Changed My Faith and My Song, has brought national attention to the issue of Sensory Processing Disorder. After being classically-trained as an opera singer at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music, Jennifer became a professor of music at Cedarville University before she felt led into her current role as a contemporary worship leader. Her testimony includes tragedy and triumph, being the parent of a special needs child, and losing her father to Lou Gehrig's disease. With the release of her fourth album, Someday, her songs, including five singles on Billboard's Top 40, offer hope in any circumstance and also reflect her recent experiences on the mission field in Asia, Africa, Central America and the UK.
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