For My Sunday Song #123, we are still tackling instrumentals and this one will celebrate Christmas. The song is “Christmas Eve / Sarajevo 12-24” by the band Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO). The song is off their debut 1996 album ‘Christmas Eve and Other Stories’. The song was originally done by the metal band Savatage back in 1995 on their album ‘Dead Winter Dead’.
Okay, TSO is a side project of some of the Savatage band members and you might have seen them as they tour each year a very popular Christmas show that rocks out. TSO tours two groups at one time and the show looks spectacular. The song, you have heard it, there is no doubt. It has become a Classic Christmas song in my book and one of my favorite Christmas songs.
I am going to cheat heavily on this edition of My Sunday Song. I want to capture for you the great story behind the song and the composition itself as both stories are great and I don’t think I can write it any better.
The story behind the song comes from an interview Paul O’Neil (founder of TSO) did with Christianitytoday.com and it goes like this…