Bethlehem

by Scott Riggan

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ABOUT "BETHLEHEM"
As Scott Riggan recorded his Christmas EP "Bethlehem," he summed up his approach this this: "What's the point of doing a familiar song if it sounds just like everyone else's version?"

Riggan wrote "Bethlehem" with Randy Thomas ("Butterfly Kisses") and Ben Bauman, a song rich with vivid imagery and a slightly middle-eastern melodic touch. It is most definitely not a typical Christmas tune.

Of his choice to include "Anthem For Christmas," Scott explains, "It was on Michael W. Smith's first Christmas record. I gave it a few tweaks to make it more of a pop anthem." The album closes with "Remember Bethlehem", which connects the dots from the manger to the cross.

Three singles from the project - "Joy To The World," "Bethlehem" and "Anthem For Christmas" - became instant radio classics and continue to receive constant airplay during the Christmas season.

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released November 11, 2003

RECORDING CREDITS
Produced by Scott Riggan and Jason Collum
Recorded at Playground Recording Studios and Snap Crackle and Pop Studios
Mixed and mastered by Jimmy Jernigan for Apollo 54

Trevor Morgan, acoustic and electric guitars
Jason Collum, drums
Lonnie Fowler, piano and B3 organ
Steve Stokes, violin and mandolin
Clay Krasner, bass guitar
David Spiker, upright bass
Tom Yarbrough, accordion

THANKS TO
Jason Collum, Steve Lotz, Brent Lamb, Jimmy Jernigan, the Riggan and Hill families, Bobby Marko, Len Engel at Horizon Internet Solutions, Grassroots Music Distribution, The Jesus Film Project, Scott Cook at Reluctant Records, and Jesse Shuster and the PoPables.

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"A musical home run . . . perfect for personal worship - songs with a theology of abandon that call us to give all we are to God." (Worship Leader Magazine)

“For those who are tired of Christian records that sound increasingly homogenized and mass-produced, Clouds & Fire is a balm from Heaven." (Christian Musician Magazine)
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Track Name: Bethlehem
BETHLEHEM
Scott Riggan, Benjamin Bauman and Randy Thomas
© 2003 Pleasantview Music (ASCAP) and I Love Lori Music (ASCAP)
from the CD "Bethlehem"

BETHLEHEM

Their feet had walked the sand and stone
Until they reached the place
Where at the humble stable door
They strained to see His face
Now could this be the Chosen One
This child in Mary’s arms
Who would have known -- who would have dared
To believe the King had come

And when He came
Truth took a name
Emmanuel

Back in Bethlehem, where grace began
When Messiah took the form of man
Take me there, take me there
Take me where
The road to Calvary began
It all began in Bethlehem

How far my feet have taken me
From that silent, holy night
But the core of all that I believe
Is in that moment of time
When the one and only Son of God
Became the Son of Man
And here within our space and time
Unveiled the great I Am

The Mighty King
The Prince of Peace –
Revealed as One

Cradle of the truth that I believe
Take me back where all roads lead . . .
Track Name: Joy To The World
JOY TO THE WORLD
Isaac Watts and George Frederick Handel
(arr. by Scott C. Riggan)
(c) 2003 Spinning Plates Music (ASCAP)
from the CD "Bethlehem"

Joy to the world the Lord is come
Let earth receive her King
Let every heart prepare Him room
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven, and heaven and nature sing

Joy to the world the Savior reigns
Let men their songs employ
While fields and floods rocks hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy

He rules the world with truth and grace
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness
And wonders of His love
And wonders of His love
And wonders, and wonders of His love
Track Name: What Child Is This
WHAT CHILD IS THIS
William C. Dix, Traditional 16th century English melody
(arr. by Scott C. Riggan)
(c) 2003 Spinning Plates Music (ASCAP)
from the CD "Bethlehem"

What Child is this Who, laid to rest
On Mary’s lap is sleeping
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet
While shepherds watch are keeping

This, this is Christ the King
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing
Haste, haste to bring Him laud
The babe, the Son of Mary

So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh
Come peasant, king to own Him
The King of kings salvation brings
Let loving hearts enthrone Him

For this, this is Christ the King
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing
Haste, haste to bring Him laud
The babe, the Son of Mary
Track Name: Silent Night
SILENT NIGHT
Joseph Mohr and Franz Gruber
(arr. by Scott C. Riggan)
(c) 2003 Spinning Plates Music (ASCAP)
from the CD "Bethlehem"

Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing alleluia
Christ the Savior is born
Christ the Savior is born
Track Name: Anthem For Christmas
ANTHEM FOR CHRISTMAS
words and music by Michael W. Smith and Gloria Gaither
© 1989 Gaither Music Co. (ASCAP) and O’Ryan Music Inc. (ASCAP)
from the CD "Bethlehem"

In the space of the beginning
Was the living Word of Light
When this Word was clearly spoken
All that came to be was right

All creation had a language
Words to say what must be said
All day long the heavens whispered
Signing words in scarlet red

Still some failed to understand it
So God spoke His final Word
On a silent night in Judah’s hills
A baby’s cry was heard

“Glory” sang the angel chorus
“Glory” echoed back the night
Love has come to walk among us
Christ the Lord is born this night

All creation sing His praises
Earth and heaven praise His name
All who live come join the chorus
Find the words His love proclaim
Track Name: Remember Bethlehem
REMEMBER BETHLEHEM
Featuring "Remember", words and music by Scott Riggan and Peter Vaque
© 2003 Pleasantview Music (ASCAP) and Springtree Media Group, LLC (ASCAP)
from the CD "Bethlehem"

It all began in Bethlehem, it all began in Bethlehem
The road to Calvary began in Bethlehem

And we remember that You took our place
As You hung in disgrace
On that old rugged cross
For our sin drove the nails in Your hands
But forgiveness was part of Your plan
For a world that was lost

We break the bread, we taste the wine
And every time, we remember