Singer/songwriter and morning drive-time radio host Perry LaHaie is featured on Inspiration Ministries' influential flagship website, Inspiration.org, today, Monday, November 30, 2020. The feature highlights LaHaie's new Christmas single, a cinematic remix of his much-loved song, "O Come, O Come Emmanuel (How Long)," which was released on streaming platforms worldwide on Friday, November 13, 2020.
"How long! Till Heaven comes to stay!" says Inspiration Ministries on their Facebook page today. "It's #Christmas! Gather your friends and family and join us in celebrating the greatest miracle of all...Jesus! Emmanuel, God is with us!"
To view the feature and watch LaHaie's new lyric video, visit the Inspiration.org home page or Inspiration.org/christian-articles/perry-lahaies-o-come-o-come-emmanuel-how-long.
To listen to the new remix of "O Come, O Come Emmanuel (How Long)," visit youtube.com/watch?v=0PLN-ZWjJmw.
The song is a new remix of the debut single from LaHaie's latest album, Him, and assumes a commanding, transcendent tone under award-winning cinematic composer and producer Joshua Frerichs.
Frerichs's credits include his work with Grammy-nominated artists Danny Gokey and Josh Groban, Warner Chappell Music, Food Network, Bank Of America, and the USA Olympics."Joshua's capacity to create captivating music has made this remix special," says LaHaie. "This approach brings to life the weightiness and profundity of the lyric. I hope that listeners will experience healing-that this might be a collective cry to a God who understands our pain while identifying with the hope for the promised day of the Lord originally lamented by the ancient prophets who cried out,' How long, O Lord, till you bring justice to the earth, till you make all things right, till all the sad things come untrue?'"
The sweeping, embellished take on the song distinguishes it from the bevy of other Christmas songs by embodying the aching longing for Christ's long-awaited return.
"I've always thought of this ancient carol as the longing of ancient believers for Messiah to come for the first time," LaHaie says. "But now I see that it slices two ways. It's also a yearning for Jesus to come again. When you feel overwhelmed by the evil and injustice and pain and tears of this world, I hope you will pour out this lament to the Lord and find comfort for your broken soul, and hear Jesus saying, 'Take heart child, I hear your lament. I am coming, and when I do, all the nations, all creation will be healed.'"
Inspired by C.S. Lewis' beloved classic, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the song and the new project, Him, paint visual soundscapes of Lucy entering Narnia, discovering a world under a curse, where it is always winter but never Christmas. Upon the return of Aslan the Lion, the curse of the White Witch begins to reverse. The ice begins to thaw, the snow begins to melt, the sun feels warmer, and the smell of spring is in the air.
"Before Jesus came into our world, it was always winter but never Christmas," says LaHaie. "Jesus proclaimed, 'the Kingdom is at hand!' He healed the sick, opened blind eyes, opened deaf ears, caused the mute to speak. He raised the dead; He cast out demons. In His coming, the snow begins to melt. The ice is thawing, you can smell spring in the air, and soon, when Jesus returns, it will be full-blown summer!"
For more information on Perry LaHaie, his radio single, "O Come, O Come Emmanuel (How Long)," or his latest CD, Him, visit perrylahaie.com, or follow him on Facebook (facebook.com/perry.lahaie), Twitter (@perry_lahaie), Instagram (perrydlahaie) and his website blog (perrylahaie.com/blog).
You can find out more about LaHaie's daily radio show at 89.3 FM Grand Rapids, MI.