I think I’ve made it clear that I was a pretty big Bill Staines fan. The times I met him, he struck me as just the kind of gentle and thoughtful guy who could write a song about how all God’s critters got a place in the choir but also make it a great song.

He didn’t do a whole holiday record, but the last song on his last album, “A Christmas Lullaby,” is a true keeper. Just like Bill.