What is the Christmas song about Maria and “the first nightingale’s song”?

December 19th, 2008

“The Gift” is one of my favorite Christmas songs about a girl named Maria who finds an injured bird and nurses it back to health.

“The Gift” was written by Montana singer/songwriter, Stephanie Davis. It appeared on Garth Brooks’ 1992 holiday album, Beyond the Season. A young Canadian pop and Celtic music singer, Aselin Debison also recorded and released “The Gift” on Sweet is the Melody in 2002. Enjoy!

The Gift
Stephanie Davis

A poor orphan girl named Maria
Was walking to market one day
She stopped for a rest by the roadside
Where a bird with a broken wing lay
A few moments passed till she saw it
For its feathers were covered with sand
But soon clean and wrapped it was traveling
In the warmth of Maria’s small hand

She happily gave her last peso
On a cage made of rushes and twine
She fed it loose corn from the market
And watched it grow stronger with time

Now the Christmas Eve service was coming
And the church shone with tinsel and light
And all of the townfolks brought presents
To lay by the manger that night
There were diamonds and incense and perfumes
In packages fit for a king
But for one ragged bird in a small cage
Maria had nothing to bring

She waited till just before midnight
So no one would see her go in
And crying she knelt by the manger
For her gift was unworthy of Him

Then a voice spoke to her through the darkness
Maria, what brings you to me?
If the bird in the cage is your offering
Open the door and let me see
Though she trembled, she did as He asked her
And out of the cage the bird flew
Soaring up into the rafters
On a wing that had healed good as new

Just then the midnight bells rang out
And the little bird started to sing
A song that no words could recapture
Whose beauty was fit for a king

Now Maria felt blessed just to listen
To that cascade of notes sweet and long
As her offerings was lifted to Heaven
By the very first nightingale’s song

(Corrected 12/23/2008.)

Which member of The Mavericks was married to a country singer?

December 2nd, 2008

I was recently reminded of one of my favorite alternative country bands, The Mavericks.

As I dug out my copy of  Super Colossal Smash Hits of the 90’s: The Best of The Mavericks,” I remembered a bit of country music trivia BUT I couldn’t remember the answer…

Q: Which country music star was married to (and later divorced from) a member of The Mavericks?

A: The Mavericks bass player, Robert Reynolds married Trisha Yearwood on May 21, 1994 in Ryman Auditorium – former home of the Grand Ole Opry. The couple divorced five years later in 1999.

Reynolds married Angie Crabtree, a member of the Grand Ole Opry marketing team on September 6, 2003 in Grayton Beach, Florida. Trisha married Garth Brooks on December 10, 2005 at their home in Owasso, Oklahoma.

(The answer would’ve been much easier to find if I was looking for something like, “Which alt country band member was Trisha Yearwood married to before Garth Brooks?”)

Other sources retreived December 2, 2008:
Rudnick, Samantha. Posted February 13, 2004. Country Marriages, From “Golden Rings” to “D-I-V-O-R-C-E.” The Mavericks.

Posted August 20, 2003. “Planet Garth.com – The Unofficial Internet Site of Garth Brooks. Planet Trisha Forum.