Clay Aiken – A Special Performance Filled With Love

 

O beautiful star of Bethlehem
Shine upon us until the glory dawns
Give us a lamp to light the way
Unto the land of perfect day
O beautiful star of Bethlehem
Shine on

I grew up in a musical family. I majored in music during college and played professionally for many years. But, I was a classical musician and my knowledge of country, rock and roll and pop music was very limited.

In 2005, Clay Aiken introduced me to another style of music. In a special Christmas gift to his Grandfather, Clay performed “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem,” a bluegrass song. It was a poignant moment and I loved the entire performance. However, I wanted to know…….what, exactly, is bluegrass music.

Bluegrass music is a part of country music and is pure American music. Bluegrass was inspired by the music of immigrants from Ireland and the United Kingdom. It also has some African-American inspiration with a touch of jazz and blues.

Bluegrass relies mostly on acoustic stringed instruments. The fiddle, five string banjo, acoustic guitar, mandolin and the upright bass are traditional instruments in bluegrass music. Sometimes, the resonator guitar is added.

Traditional elements are important. The musicians play folk songs with simple traditional chord progressions. A distinguishing characteristic of bluegrass is vocal harmony featuring two, three, or four parts.

Bluegrass, as a style, developed during the mid-1940s some time after World War II. It wasn’t called bluegrass back then. It was just called old time mountain hillbilly music. One of the most popular hillbilly musicians was Bill Monroe and since he was from Kentucky, the bluegrass state, the music was named bluegrass.

I doubt if there was a dry eye in the concert hall when Clay sang for his grandfather. This one-time performance was a gift from the heart to Clay’s Papa.

We are lucky that there is Clack from this concert. This beautiful song is not only a tribute to Bluegrass music, but a special performance filled with love.

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Comments

  1. I didn't attend this concert but I've watched it many times! Thanks for bringing it to us again. Clay loved his grandfather so! What a wonderful rendition Clay! Merry Christmas!

  2. Pure music – pure love – that's Clay! <3 Thank you so much for bringing this special performance
    to watch and hear again – truly special in every way!

  3. Clay's touching words of introduction of this song show the love he had for his Papa. How can you not smile the whole time Clay is singing Beautiful Star of Bethlehem to his grandfather.

  4. That video is everything we love about Clay, his humor, his sweetness and of course that gorgeous voice! I hadn’t heard that song before Clay snd now it’s a favorite.

  5. What a treasure having this performance captured. Now that his Papa is no longer here, this must be so special to Clay. I sure hope he has seen this video over the years. Loved the introduction by Clay from Learning To Sing. They sure had a special bond. Thanks Musicfan, this certainly brought a tear to my eyes.

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