Timothy Willard
Timothy Willard
Exploring the Contours of Theology, the Writing Life, and Mountain Trails

In 1995 I stepped out of university life and spent the next seven years pursuing music. We began a rock band, ended up an acoustic trio (vocals, guitar, cello). We recorded several CDs (what are those?) toured the U.S. for nearly three years and enjoyed a 12-day stint in southern Ireland.  

During our music adventure I self-published some of my earliest poems and titled the volume, The Dancing Boy Collection. I assembled the entire book myself, with the help of my loved ones. After I had written and compiled the poems I printed them with a small Mennonite press in northern Lancaster, Pennsylvania. My family helped me assemble the signatures, by hand, into books, which we then delivered to Lancaster Bindery. A few days later I was holding my first book of poems. 

Hark The Herald Angels Sing
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Our reworked "indie" version of the Christmas classic "Hark The Herald Angels Sing" 

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I've uploaded one of my favorite songs from that time. Originally we were trying to use this melody for a new version of the Christmas song "Away In A Manger." But as we prepared for the annual Christmas show at The Mill in Lititz, Pennsylvania we put some new lyrics I had written to the melody. The song came together quickly. Hope you enjoy it.