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Top ten Carols and things you didn't know about them
Times Online ^ | December 7, 2007 | Joanna Sugden

Posted on 12/10/2007 10:37:26 AM PST by NYer

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To: EternalVigilance
Kind of Christian rock, I guess . . . but very moving.

Here is something else completely different --

Sweet Little Jesus Boy

101 posted on 12/10/2007 4:37:38 PM PST by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: NYer

I’m mindblown by some of the newer ones, like “Mary, Did You Know”.


102 posted on 12/10/2007 4:37:39 PM PST by MHT
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To: NYer

So glad you have a good bishop!


103 posted on 12/10/2007 4:38:34 PM PST by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: Billthedrill
Here ya go . . .

Gaudete

Lancashire pronunciation of Latin is pretty funny!

104 posted on 12/10/2007 4:46:11 PM PST by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: Mamzelle

Somewhere through the decades, the comma got lost. The song is properly titled, “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen.” One of my favorites as it’s one of the first tunes I learned for the flute.


105 posted on 12/10/2007 4:52:29 PM PST by j_tull (Massachusetts, the Gay State. Once the leader of the American Revolution, now leading its demise.)
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To: NYer
Check this out - a Spanish carol "Riu riu chiu".

Riu riu chiu

uh-oh, I'm going to waste the whole evening on YouTube . . .

106 posted on 12/10/2007 4:53:02 PM PST by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: NYer
This is my new favorite:

CANDLELIGHT CAROL
by John Rutter

Verse 1:
How do you capture the wind on the water?
How do you count all the stars in the sky?
How can you measure the love of a mother,
or how can you write down a baby's first cry?

REFRAIN:
Candlelight, angel light, firelight and starglow
shine on his cradle till breaking of dawn.
Gloria, Gloria in excelsis deo!
Angels are singing; the Christ Child is born.

Verse 2.
Shepherds and wisemen will kneel and adore him,
Seraphim round him their vigil will keep;
Nations proclaim him their Lord and their Savior,
but Mary will hold him and sing him to sleep. (REFRAIN)

Verse 3.
Find him at Bethlehem laid in a manger:
Christ our Redeemer asleep in the hay.
Godhead incarnate and hope of salvation:
A child with his mother that first Christmas Day. (REFRAIN)

Makes me cry when I hear it.

107 posted on 12/10/2007 4:53:37 PM PST by Crusher138 ("Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just")
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To: AnAmericanMother
Oh, many thanks! Maddie does have a beautiful voice. I don't recall the accent issue on the "canned" recording...LOL!

Wow - another Steeleye Span fan. I think that must make ten of us...

108 posted on 12/10/2007 4:55:42 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Publius

This is my favorite rendition.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZFxG6-WSnI


109 posted on 12/10/2007 5:00:55 PM PST by hoppity
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To: NYer
Another Anglican carol (courtesy of the Rev. Sabine Baring-Gould) set to a Basque melody.

The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came

The good reverend wrote another one, The Infant King -

Sing lullaby!
Lullaby baby, now reclining,
sing lullaby!
Hush, do not wake the infant King.
Angels are watching, stars are shining
over the place where He is lying:
sing lullaby!

Sing lullaby!
Lullaby baby, now a-sleeping,
sing lullaby!
Hush, do not wake the infant King.
Soon will come sorrow with the morning,
soon will come bitter grief and weeping:
sing lullaby!

Sing lullaby!
Lullaby baby, now a-dozing,
sing lullaby!
Hush, do not wake the infant King.
Soon comes the cross, the nails, the piercing,
then in the grave at last reposing;
sing lullaby!

Sing lullaby!
Lullaby! is the babe awaking?
Sing lullaby!
Hush, do not stir the infant King.
Dreaming of Easter, gladsome morning.
conquering death, its bondage breaking:
sing lullaby!

110 posted on 12/10/2007 5:03:15 PM PST by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: Billthedrill

Hey, we are a VERY Exclusive Club!


111 posted on 12/10/2007 5:04:03 PM PST by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: what_not2007

Amen!! “O HOLY NIGHT” is the BEST....by far!!


112 posted on 12/10/2007 5:07:38 PM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion: The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: NYer

Very interesting!


113 posted on 12/10/2007 5:16:41 PM PST by ladyinred
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To: NYer

They are Methodists and Presbyterians. A long time ago a family member died at Christmas time. His favorite carol was Joy to the World, which his wife asked be sung at his funeral. Ever since it has been the hymn of choice as the recessional among his family. The message is one of expection, hope and triumph, making it a very comforting selection. His family’s funerals all end with joy and smiles even through the tears.


114 posted on 12/10/2007 6:02:22 PM PST by kalee ( No burka for me...EVER.)
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To: kalee; NYer

Our traditional funeral recessional is Ralph Vaughn Williams “For All the Saints” . . . another one with a message of joy and hope.


115 posted on 12/10/2007 6:42:38 PM PST by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: NYer

As I understand the story, Issac Watts was a homely man and when he finally became engaged, he wrote Joy to the World. The addendum to the story is, the woman jilted him at the alter. I haven’t fact checked this so don’t jump me if it turns out not to be the case!!


116 posted on 12/10/2007 6:48:31 PM PST by swmobuffalo (The only good terrorist is a dead terrorist.)
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To: what_not2007

I think one of Allison Krauss’s best is “IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND”


117 posted on 12/10/2007 6:53:03 PM PST by K-oneTexas (I'm not a judge and there ain't enough of me to be a jury. (Zell Miller, A National Party No More))
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To: NYer
Andy Griffith and Elinor Donahue "Away in a Manger" video
118 posted on 12/10/2007 7:11:42 PM PST by iowamark
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To: Doomonyou
Celine Dion-Oh Holy night

Not bad, but I lean towards Renee Fleming's rendition.

119 posted on 12/10/2007 7:29:48 PM PST by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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To: NYer

I confess to LOVING Little Drummer Boy!


120 posted on 12/10/2007 8:56:25 PM PST by Patriotic1 (Dic mihi solum facta, domina - Just the facts, ma'am)
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To: Publius

“Oh come all ye ambivalent” hardihar.


121 posted on 12/10/2007 9:10:24 PM PST by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: Doomonyou

hahah, the Brutal one is INDEED brutal.


122 posted on 12/10/2007 9:12:44 PM PST by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: Doomonyou; Publius

Not being a fan of Celine Dion, I do appreciate her rendition more than Renee Fleming’s, only because I’m not an opera fan.

What say you, Publius?


123 posted on 12/11/2007 7:20:10 AM PST by hoe_cake
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To: Doomonyou; Publius

I take that back...Celine Dion slaughtered the last part of “O Holy Night.” I do not care for all that “up and down and up” again of the voice...what do you call that “technique” Publius?


124 posted on 12/11/2007 7:23:00 AM PST by hoe_cake
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To: what_not2007
I take that back...Celine Dion slaughtered the last part of “O Holy Night.”

Well, there are a ton to choose from, and I agree, I've heard better. But next to that "brutal" rendition, it was pretty good!

125 posted on 12/11/2007 7:54:49 AM PST by Doomonyou (Let them eat lead.)
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To: Doomonyou

Celine Dion has a beautiful voice, and begins O Holy Night very nicely. But I realized while listening to her sing O Holy Night that she wouldn’t have the range to hit that high note in soprano because she is alto.


126 posted on 12/11/2007 7:59:46 AM PST by hoe_cake
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To: Sopater

Something wrong with the rhythm of the 2nd stanza?? I can’t quite figure it out.

All of the other reindeer (all those who hated Jesus)
Used to laugh and call him names (nailed him to a cross)
They never let poor Rudolph (all those who truly loved Him)
Join in any reindeer games (Suffered their greatest loss)


127 posted on 12/11/2007 8:13:26 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain! True Supporters of Our Troops Support the Necessity of their Sacrifice!)
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To: xzins

Sorry, I was just going by memory. My wife actually came up with the lyrics and the kids sing it. Please feel free to take artistic license to adjust for minor rhythm problems. If you have any suggestions, just post them here.


128 posted on 12/11/2007 8:17:02 AM PST by Sopater (A wise man's heart inclines him to the right, but a fool's heart to the left. ~ Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: NYer

My new favorite our choir is performing at the live Nativity Saturday:

Come Thou Fount, Come Thou King—(Thomas Miller)

Come Thou Fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet sung by flaming tongues above;
Praise the mount, I’m fixed upon it, mount of Thy redeeming love.

I was lost in utter darkness ‘til You came and rescued me;
I was bound by all my sin when Your love came and set me free;
Now my soul can sing a new song, now my heart has found a home;
Now Your grace is always with me, and I’ll never be alone—

Come, Thou Fount, come Thou King, come Thou Precious Prince of Peace.
Hear your bride, to you we sing, Come Thou Fount of our blessing.

Come, Thou Fount, come Thou King, come Thou precious Prince of Peace.
Hear your bride, to you we sing, Come Thou Fount of our blessing.

Oh to grace, how great a debtor, daily I’m constrained to be;
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter; bind my wandering heart to Thee;
Prone to wander, Lord I feel it, prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart Lord, take and seal it, for Thy courts above!

Come, Thou Fount, come Thou King, come Thou Precious Prince of Peace.
Hear your bride, to you we sing, Come Thou Fount of our blessing.

Come, Thou Fount, come Thou King, come Thou precious Prince of Peace.
Hear your bride, to you we sing, Come Thou Fount of our blessing.

I was lost in utter darkness ‘til You came and rescued me;
I was bound by all my sin when Your love came and set me free.


129 posted on 12/11/2007 8:17:04 AM PST by subterfuge (HILLARY IS: She who must NOT be Dismayed)
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To: ELS

She nails the high notes alright, she cracked my computer screen.


130 posted on 12/11/2007 8:17:32 AM PST by Doomonyou (Let them eat lead.)
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To: Sopater

Thanks.

I thought maybe I was forgetting a verse or singing it differently.

:>)


131 posted on 12/11/2007 8:34:37 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain! True Supporters of Our Troops Support the Necessity of their Sacrifice!)
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To: what_not2007

I don’t have a sound card, so I can’t listen to any of that stuff. I don’t have a favorite version of that carol. But I would expect Fleming to follow Adolph Adam’s notes and sing it in the original key. Beyond that I couldn’t say.


132 posted on 12/11/2007 10:31:01 AM PST by Publius (A = A)
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To: NYer; All

Am I the only one who can’t sing in church without crying? I am ALWAYS overcome with the beauty of hymns. I mean, I’m not breaking down sobbing, but there’s always a tear rolling down my cheek when I think of the heartfelt emotions put into writing a hymn in the first place. :)


133 posted on 12/11/2007 4:26:44 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: hoe_cake

O Holy Night is a glorious hymn.


134 posted on 12/01/2008 7:41:29 PM PST by Ciexyz
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To: Ciexyz; Jersey Republican Biker Chick; Tatze; absolootezer0; baker_girl; new cruelty; Hoodlum91; ...

Holy cow, this thread is alive again? LOL.

Thanks for bringing it alive.

Ping, all you crazy folks.


135 posted on 12/02/2008 6:40:39 AM PST by hoe_cake (" 'We the people' tell the government what to do, it doesn't tell us." Ronald Reagan)
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To: hoe_cake
Gee, "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer" didn't make the lists....

;o) hee hee

136 posted on 12/02/2008 6:47:22 AM PST by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.)
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To: NYer

“I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day” by H.W. Longfellow.

All the verses together tell a story, and I especially like this next-to-last verse:

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth he sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men.”


137 posted on 12/02/2008 6:51:12 AM PST by MayflowerMadam
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To: hoe_cake

I saw the Boston Pops Holiday Concert this weekend. They did an amazing arrangement of The Twelve Days of Christmas. For each day, they changed the tune/style of music. The one that sticks out in my mind is the fifth day, which was sung to the music of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.


138 posted on 12/02/2008 7:14:05 AM PST by Tatze (I'm in a state of taglinelessness!)
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To: Tatze

I LOVE that version! We saw them on Christmas Eve last year. No one wanted that song to end - which is unusual because normally we’d be gouging out our eardrums halfway through that song.

I seem to remember one of the verses sung to Bohemian Rhapsody or another Queen song.


139 posted on 12/02/2008 7:16:50 AM PST by Hoodlum91 (There's a strange odor coming from the White House. Smells like BO.)
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To: NYer

Where’s “Santa Baby”?


140 posted on 12/02/2008 7:17:28 AM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: Tatze; Hoodlum91; RockinRight; ArGee; Shyla

Pretty cool, Tatze, that a big man like you would appreciate the Boston Pops and Beethoven! I am impressed.

At my parents’ home Christmas eve, we sing the 12 Days of Christmas. The guest who is visiting us for the first time is assigned the first day of Christmas, poor thing. That’s his/her initiation into our Christmas eve celebration.

The rest of us are assigned days...the song gets riotous sometimes. Very funny.

The visitors usually don’t come back next Christmas.


141 posted on 12/02/2008 7:18:34 AM PST by hoe_cake (" 'We the people' tell the government what to do, it doesn't tell us." Ronald Reagan)
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To: Hoodlum91

Yes, there was a ‘day’ sung to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. If it’s not already on a Boston Pops CD, I’m sure it will be soon.


142 posted on 12/02/2008 7:52:20 AM PST by Tatze (I'm in a state of taglinelessness!)
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To: ArrogantBustard

Let all mortal flesh keep silent

And with fear and trembling stand

Ponder nothing earthly minded

For with blessing in His hand,

Christ our Lord to earth descendeth

Our pure homage to demand.


143 posted on 12/02/2008 8:44:32 AM PST by Judith Anne
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To: hoe_cake

I saw Boston Pops last year - it was great!


144 posted on 12/02/2008 12:25:31 PM PST by RockinRight (Now it's my turn to have a psychotic, uncontrollable hatred for the President.)
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To: Non-Sequitur
"Where’s “Santa Baby”?" I like that song...it just makes me feel so naughty....ha ha ha
145 posted on 12/02/2008 12:28:04 PM PST by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.)
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To: RockinRight; Tatze
Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit!

Not only do we have a 7 ft. Hercules with culture, now we're adding a virile Italian Adonis

My my. Culture never had it so good.

:`)

146 posted on 12/02/2008 12:29:14 PM PST by hoe_cake (" 'We the people' tell the government what to do, it doesn't tell us." Ronald Reagan)
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick

You need something to feel naughty??????


147 posted on 12/02/2008 12:30:10 PM PST by hoe_cake (" 'We the people' tell the government what to do, it doesn't tell us." Ronald Reagan)
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To: Non-Sequitur
For that matter where are Carol (Chuck Berry), and Oh, Carol (Neil Sedaka)?
148 posted on 12/02/2008 12:32:48 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Everytime they open their mouth they shoot themselves in the foot.)
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To: NYer

BUMP


149 posted on 12/02/2008 12:34:45 PM PST by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: hoe_cake
No, I am one of those naturally naughty types.

wink

150 posted on 12/02/2008 12:35:55 PM PST by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.)
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