Thank you Michael Thornton for writing this beautiful blog and for sharing how this song came to life.
This is the perfect song to enjoy on the eve of Christmas eve.
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Judith Parker, CRS, GRI
One's taste in music, especially Christmas music, is deeply personal. For some, the notes resonate to and within the bosom of the individual. To me, there is no greater bond between two people than there is between a mother and her baby. This is not to discount the love that fathers have for their children. However, there is a special love that only mothers have that transcends the earthly realms and soars to the very footstool of God. Sadly, most men cannot comprehend or have this type of love.
To me, one of the prettiest songs that has been written in recent times dwells on that special love. The song did not start out as a song; rather, it started out as questions for a musical that was put on in a church here in Nashville, Tennessee in 1984. Mark Lawry imagined what Mary might have been thinking while she was holding her firstborn, Jesus. A series of questions of what he would like to ask her came to mind. The actors recited these questions between acts in the play.
However, Mark always felt that the questions needed to be a song. In 1990 Mark approached Buddy Green, a well-known local harmonica player and songwriter, and asked him to put music to the questions. It was the collaboration of these two Nashvillians that gave the world, "Mary Did You Know?"
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