Music | Immanuel looks at the birth of Christ from different perspectives
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 11/18/17, 11:36 pm
With her new album Immanuel, Melanie Penn has risen to the challenge of creating original Christmas music that neither exploits nostalgia nor struggles to be trendy. Of its 10 songs, only “Joy to the World” taps tradition.
“We wanted to salute the Christmas canon,” Penn told me of the carol’s inclusion, “and to give a nod to the fact that ‘Hey, we know we’re in a space where there’s lots of familiar music.’”