One of my favorite songs that we’d sing at Mass when I was younger was Hail Mary - Gentle Woman by Carey Landry. I was thinking of various Christmas songs the other day, and this song popped into my head. I’d never considered it Christmas-y before, but upon searching found that Carey Landry has it on a Christmas CD, and it made some sense. I then tried finding a vocal version of it that I could play around Christmas and couldn’t find a single one I liked. It seemed as though each one I listened to either sounded like something you’d find on Enya’s greatest hits, or like it was pulled from one of those Christian music CD collections you see advertised late at night in the middle of all the infomercials.
I don’t listen to any Contemporary Catholic or Christian music, but after trying to find a good version of Gentle Woman, it made me wonder if it all sounds like that. The versions of this song that I found would all either put me to sleep or make me want to gouge my ears out. I’m not looking for a rock version of the song or anything like that, but something a slight bit more upbeat without the dreamy sounding vocals or over-exuberant harmonizing that all these other versions have (in other words, an arrangement similar to what we did when I was a kid).