Celine Dion is quite possibly the best known French speaking singer in the World today. This popular Christmas song had its beginnings as a poem composed by a French poet at the behest of his parish priest. O Holy Night is a very difficult and demanding song and as an ironic consequence, it has been attempted by countless mediocre pop singers over the years. Celine Dion is not one of these.
Peuple à genoux is French for Fall on your knees.
This is cute, but it has me wondering about reproductive physiology. How is it that all the boys in the Cratchit family are frogs and all the girls are pigs? I guess I should really forget about such foolish questions and just suspend disbelief for the rest of the month. Make sure your chimney is clean for tomorrow night folks
Did you know that Dickens churned this particular story out so that its sales could be used to pay off a personal debt? Personal debt and Christmas are just as topical today as they were back in 1843.
I don’t cringe when I hear Brenda Lee comin’ on strong with this 50’s Christmas megahit. If I had been one of the lemmings plummeting down the mall escalators in the past few weeks, I may have reached some kind of saturation point and started feeling some kind of humbuggery when it started blasting from the PA speakers. As it is, I am at peace with the World and that includes this song. I couldn’t make it through the whole video of Hanna Montana’s version.
Guitar harps would probably me more popular if not for the existence of guitars…and harps.
Seriously though, I really do love the sounds that come from these uncommon and ungainly instruments.
Just today, I was trying to decide what Christmas songs I should try to learn on my guitar. It is hard to get motivated to learn music that you can only play at one time of year.
Jazz seems to be a default genre for many Christmas playlists. Harry Connick Jr. is about as smooth as you can get. This particular tune gets a little too loud and showy in the middle for my tastes.
I am going to look around for instrumentals for my next few installments. Vocals are nice but instrumental music is much better to have playing during meals and also when relaxing.
Finally, a performance that I like. Here is Aaron Neville singing Please Come Home For Christmas.
This is exactly what a secular Christmas song should be, mellow and pleasant. The video is nice to look at, too. It is very reminiscent of the typical Christmas pageants put on in schools around the country. I can remember that when I was the same age as the kids that were featured in this video, my music teacher suggested that I should just move my lips during the performance. I don’t think that I was the only person in my class to whom she gave that advice. I did however take it very personally.
Here is another Christmas song from Universal. I don’t like this one that much either. I grew up in an area where a lot of people listened to Country Music. I was surprised to find out that this singer, Sammy Kershaw tried to get elected as lieutenant governor of Louisiana earlier this year. He ran as a Republican.
I am going to take a break from the usual topics on this blog for a few days. One thing that I will be posting is Christmas music. This version of Silent Night is by some boy band that is signed to Universal. Universal and Sony both put a lot of free content up on YouTube. Most of the current music has embedding disabled.
There are quite a few versions of Silent Night that I like better. I prefer to hear all the verses because the song has a definite narrative.
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It’s always nice to have pleasant background music for our Christmas. I remember my mother leaving the country radio station on all Christmas day. That was fine most years, but there was that year that the Twitty & Tweety album was popular. I… Wanted… To… Die
Streaming internet radio that is all Christmas and no talk is pretty easy to find these days. You still end up having to turn the volume down on a few duds through the course of the day. If they are repeating in order, I find that my enjoyment is spoiled when I know that the song I hate is coming up within a few songs. I have decided to try to build a nice playlist on YouTube. It will be mostly instrumentals.