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The lyrics of Joy to the World were written by the English hymn writer Isaac Watts and based on Psalm 98 from the Bible. First published in 1719, the words originally glorified the second coming of Christ – not celebrating the birth of Christ. Only the second half of Watts’ lyrics are used today. The music was adapted and arranged by Lowell Mason in 1839, from an older melody that is believed to have originated from Handel, but he did not compose the whole tune. Mason is also known for composing the ever popular children’s tune, “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”

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from A Mandolin Christmas, released December 1, 2011

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🎻 Violinist heard on The Office, NPR, & Collaborations w/Willie Nelson, Pearl Jam, and Shawn Colvin. ❤️ Will Taylor and Strings Attached has made a name for itself by reworking iconic music like the Beatles ‘White album’, as well as Joni Mitchell, Pink Floyd, Paul Simon, and Jimi Hendrix—adding jazz and roots flavors along with string arrangements to lovingly assembled acoustic renditions. ... more

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