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  • The Jewish Joy of Christmas Music

    12/22/2013 10:39:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 49 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 22, 2013 | Bruce Bialosky
    On Friday morning, the day after Thanksgiving, while others are busy rushing around trying to get bargains on sweaters and toys, I take out my ever-burgeoning collection of Christmas music to be listened to over the ensuing few weeks. My collection, which has been amassed with the aid of two gentile friends (one religious and one not), grows each year as we jointly enjoy one of the great aspects of being an American. The collection includes a wide range of music from classical to pop to rock to country to folk to soul to blues and even punk rock. When...
  • Celtic Woman / Chloe Agnew - ''O Holy Night''

    12/21/2013 4:04:12 PM PST · by US Navy Vet · 38 replies
    Just WOW!
  • Here are some of my favorite Christmas songs

    12/07/2013 10:44:36 AM PST · by grundle · 36 replies
    wordpress ^ | December 7, 2013 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Here are some of my favorite Christmas songs Darlene Love – White Christmashttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BVYDdl2M0AThe Ronettes – Frosty the Snowmanhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76sh1BWCQScThe Crystals – Santa Claus is Coming to Townhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7wD2XKFTZAThe Ronettes – Sleigh Ridehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXlsWB1UMcEDarlene Love – Marshmallow Worldhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=al896JFvQNgThe Ronettes – I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claushttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIw0GvucbXMThe Crystals – Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeerhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLptF1HaM9kDarlene Love – Winter Wonderlandhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAC3jp8Z5c4The Crystals – Parade of the Wooden Soldiershttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCvf5UABApgDarlene Love – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1cqGi8LCYoMariah Carey – All I Want for Christmas Is Youhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXQViqx6GMYDaryl Hall and John Oates – Jingle Bell Rockhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AvocRz288MThe Pretenders – 2,000 Mileshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SkWIqQ3oLYWeird Al Yankovic – Christmas At Ground Zerohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t039p6xqutUVince Guaraldi...
  • Something To Listen To: Country Christmas

    12/06/2013 2:26:41 PM PST · by Yosemitest · 6 replies
    www.iheart.com ^ | Dec 6, 2013, Friuday | Friom an E-mail
    I really like , so if you want to hear some just click on it.
  • Is it too early for Christmas Music???

    11/01/2012 8:05:36 AM PDT · by gov_bean_ counter · 59 replies
    My iPhone music library | 1 Nov 2012 | gov_bean_ counter
    Mannheim Steamroller, Vince Guaraldi, Kenny G., etc, etc...
  • Some different Christmas music

    12/24/2011 3:43:00 PM PST · by Mmogamer · 26 replies
    Vanity | 12/24/11 | Moi
    Some music not normally heard. Hope you enjoy. Merry Christmas friends.
  • Loud Christmas music from box sparks airport scare

    06/04/2011 4:08:19 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 10 replies
    OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A loud noise coming from an unattended box that turned out to be Christmas music prompted a security alert at the Oklahoma City airport on Friday that closed most of the facility for four hours, officials said. An unidentified caller notified the airport of noises coming from a box in the baggage claim area about 9:30 a.m. local time and the police bomb squad was summoned, airport spokeswoman Karen Carney said.
  • 'Merry Little Christmas' songwriter Martin dies

    03/11/2011 7:42:37 PM PST · by Borges · 27 replies
    Yahoo - AP ^ | 03/11/11
    LOS ANGELES Hugh Martin, the composer-songwriter whose works included "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "The Trolley Song," died Friday. He was 96. He died from natural causes at his home in Encinitas, Calif., said Martin's niece Suzanne Hanners. Martin and songwriting partner Ralph Blane co-wrote such catchy tunes as "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "The Trolley Song" and "The Boy Next Door" from the musical "Meet Me in St. Louis."
  • Sheriff cranks up the Christmas carols despite his cranky inmates

    11/28/2010 7:37:42 PM PST · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 28, 2010 | Jerry Seper
    The self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff" in America, Phoenix's Joe Arpaio, who has survived six separate inmate lawsuits trying to stop him from playing Christmas music, will begin playing the tunes again this year - starting Monday with "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,""Frosty the Snowman" and "Feliz Navidad." The 8,000 inmates also will hear, among others, "A Christmas Kwanzaa Solstice," "Over the Skies of Israel," "Ramadan," "Llego a La Ciudad," "Let it Snow" and "Rodolpho El Reno de la Nariz Rojita." "Maybe the holiday music can help lift the spirits of the men and women who are away from friends and...
  • Garrison Keillor Doesnt Like Jews Writing Christmas Songs

    12/19/2009 3:28:06 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 146 replies · 3,688+ views
    Tablet Magazine ^ | 4:14 PM Dec 17, 2009 | By Marissa Brostoff
    Garrison Keillor, self-appointed cultural representative of regular old Americans, ruffled some feathers yesterday with a mildly xenophobic rant about Christmas: "...all those lousy holiday songs by Jewish guys that trash up the malls every year, Rudolph and the chestnuts and the rest of that dreck. Did one of our guys write Grab your loafers, come along if you wanna, and well blow that shofar for Rosh Hashanah? No, we didnt. Christmas is a Christian holidayif youre not in the club, then buzz off."
  • Court allows 'toughest sheriff' his Christmas music (Merry Christmas, tent city:)

    12/18/2009 8:31:19 PM PST · by jazusamo · 75 replies · 2,268+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 19, 2009 | Jerry Seper
    Sheriff Joe Arpaio - the self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff" in America - likes Christmas music, especially "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and anything by Alvin and the Chipmunks, and apparently he thinks the 8,000 inmates inside his Phoenix jail should, too. So it was with some glee that his Maricopa County office announced Thursday in a red-and-green press release that the "sixth and perhaps final lawsuit" brought by inmates to stop the sheriff from playing the holiday songs all day, every day, during the holidays had been dismissed in federal court. "We keep winning these lawsuits. Inmates should stop acting like the...
  • Those Immortal Singing Dogs

    12/13/2009 5:37:31 PM PST · by SamAdams76 · 16 replies · 801+ views
    Behind The Hits ^ | Fred Clemens
    Remember back in 1970, when you heard that (horrible to some) rendition of Jingle Bells by the Singing Dogs? Well, you may not realize this, but those dogs got their start about 15 years earlier, in 1955. Jingle Bells was originally part of a medley of tunes sung by the Dogs, beginning with Pat-A-Cake, Three Blind Mice, and then Jingle Bells. The 1955 RCA Victor release also included the effects of a carniv(or)al to showcase their talent, including that of a carnival barker. The record was complemented with a faithful (well, as faithful as could be expected) rendition of Stephen...
  • FREE Music for Christmas from The Vatican, in MP3 format

    12/06/2009 11:58:34 PM PST · by Stoat · 13 replies · 1,020+ views
    Benedictus XVIJoseph Ratzinger Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music - The Musical Offering in MP3 The Musical Offering A selection of sacred and classical music in Mp3 played by teachers and students of Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music
  • Christmas Music Thread

    12/03/2009 11:37:48 PM PST · by Sarah-bot · 32 replies · 765+ views
    Dec/ 03/ 2009 | My self
    What Christmas albums do you like?
  • Why is so much of the Christmas music we hear so lame?

    11/27/2009 4:29:59 PM PST · by SamAdams76 · 103 replies · 2,753+ views
    I have been listening to and collecting Christmas music for over 30 years now. During this time, I have collected well over 3,000 songs. I consider practically every song in my collection to be of high quality and in the spirit of the Christmas season. My point is that there is a huge library out there of excellent Christmas music. My question is, why is so much of what we hear on the radio, at the shopping malls, and even in the movies, so horribly lame? Already there are many radio stations (including two on Sirius satellite radio) playing Christas...
  • SNS Exclusive Bob Dylan Interview

    11/24/2009 11:29:31 AM PST · by pissant · 29 replies · 1,162+ views
    SNS ^ | 11/23/09 | Bill Flannagan/Bob Dylan
    Bob Dylan has at various times revolutionized folk, rock, country and gospel music. However, any Dylan fan who says he was not surprised that Bob has released an album of traditional Christmas songs is pulling your leg. Christmas In The Heart is another surprising move by an artist famous for surprises. Yet when you hear Dylans direct and obviously sincere readings of O Come All Ye Faithful, Little Town Of Bethlehem, and The First Noel, this unlikely exercise seems of a piece with the rest of Dylans work. From the very first, this was an artist who made us look...
  • Christmas In The Heart: Bob Dylan Christmas Album Preview

    10/14/2009 2:50:33 PM PDT · by grundle · 25 replies · 1,291+ views
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gundu1yLjWY
  • Schools' Ban on Christmas Music Challenged (Maplewood, NJ)

    09/12/2009 9:33:50 AM PDT · by kellynla · 21 replies · 1,550+ views
    wnd.com ^ | September 11, 2009 | Bob Unruh
    Arguments are scheduled Monday in the 3rd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Philadelphia on a school district's decision to censor Christmas carols even holiday melodies without words. Attorneys with the Thomas More Law Center say they will argue to reverse a lower court ruling affirming a policy in the South Orange-Maplewood School District that banned the music after someone complained. The law firm says the school's ban was specifically aimed at preventing Christmas music, including simple instrumentals without words, during holiday concernts. The district had allowed the performance of traditional Christmas music for more than 60 years but...
  • Bob Dylan's Christmas Album to Benefit Charity

    08/26/2009 5:45:48 PM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 26 replies · 841+ views
    ABC ^ | August 26, 2009 | Alex Dobuzinskis
    Rock icon Bob Dylan will sing the old yuletide standards "Winter Wonderland" and "Little Drummer Boy" on his first ever Christmas album, with royalties going to charity, his record label said on Wednesday. Dylan's "Christmas in the Heart" album is due out on October 13, nearly six months after the release of his last studio album, "Together Through Life," which topped the charts. Speculation about the Christmas album began surfacing a few months ago, but were initially met with disbelief by some Dylan aficionados, as the singer was not known to record Christmas songs, and his latest albums have featured...
  • Bob Dylan releases Christmas Album

    08/25/2009 4:39:58 PM PDT · by NotThere · 34 replies · 1,220+ views
    rollingstone.com ^ | 24/08/2009 | Andy Greene
    Previous Next Latest Bob Dylans Holiday LP Christmas in the Heart Due October 13th 8/25/09, 4:55 pm EST Photo: Miller/FilmMagic Bob Dylan has made his latest unpredictable career move: Rolling Stone has learned that Bob Dylan will release a Christmas album October 13th. Entitled Christmas in the Heart, the collection will feature holiday standards including Must Be Santa, Little Drummer Boy, Winter Wonderland and Here Comes Santa Claus. All U.S. royalties from the collection will benefit the charity Feeding America, the nations leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Other proceeds from the disc will benefit hunger relief organizations around the world. Although...
  • Kristin Chenoweth sings Do you hear what I hear (Video)

    12/25/2008 10:30:41 AM PST · by Dawnsblood · 20 replies · 5,539+ views
    Ms Underestimated ^ | 12/5/08 | Ms Underestimated
    Beautiful Christmas song, sung by an even more beautiful songstress, Kristin Chenoweth on the Fox & Friends Christmas Eve special. (video at the link)
  • Silent Night Banned

    12/23/2008 6:47:13 AM PST · by BulletBobCo · 95 replies · 4,062+ views
    My 12 year old daughter has been part of a small choir that her piano teacher has put together. They have been singing Christmas carols at different venues this last week. Yesterday, after work, I picked her up and drove her to a Macy's for her to perform. As I was watching her little group do their numbers, the piano teacher's father informed me that Macy's had asked his daughter not to perform "Silent Night". I asked him if he was kidding and he said no. He told me that last Saturday, they sang "Silent Night" at a Starbucks, and...
  • "Mary Did You Know?" at Mass [Ecumenical]

    12/22/2008 8:36:36 AM PST · by NYer · 298 replies · 5,276+ views
    CMR ^ | December 22, 2008 | Matthew Archbold
    So yesterday I went to Mass with my wife's family in Philadelphia. Mass was nice except for the one year old in my arms who was the worst baby...evah. But following the Eucharist, the song was, "Mary, Did you Know?" Now, I've never given the song a moment's thought. To be honest, I think I'd only heard it once or twice on an Amy Grant Christmas CD. But I'd certainly never heard it before in Mass. My nine year old always wants to sing along in Mass so I quickly found the page for her to read the words. And...
  • Some Beautiful Celtic Woman Christmas Music for the Holiday

    12/22/2008 7:49:33 AM PST · by Reaganesque · 19 replies · 3,756+ views
    YouTube.com ^ | ? | Celtic Woman
    For those of you who haven't heard of these women, you've been missing out! And for those of you who have, you know how beautiful their music is. Enjoy. O, Holy NightWhite ChristmasSilent NightThe Bleak Midwinter/First Noel Just a sample. Check them out on YouTube and elsewhere.
  • For Christmas:JOSH GROBAN singing the most beautiful song ever written - O HOLY NIGHT

    12/21/2008 2:57:32 PM PST · by doug from upland · 94 replies · 4,103+ views
    JOSH GROBAN PERFORMING O HOLY NIGHTOkay, I may be somewhat biased that this is the best version. My daughter graduated with Josh from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. He was a great kid. He is an amazing talent. Every Christmas mass, this song brings me to tears. Yes, we hear the angels' voices.
  • Contemporary Christmas Songs Thread (w/YouTube Links)

    12/17/2008 5:29:31 PM PST · by SamAdams76 · 23 replies · 2,102+ views
    Well still a week from Christmas but already I bet many of you are sick of hearing the same old Christmas songs. It's not that Christmas songs are bad, it's that the same 30 or so get played over and over again. There is another thread out there on the "Most Annoying Christmas Songs" and there certainly are plenty of those. But even the classic Christmas songs get tired after a while. While many radio stations go "all Christmas" this time of year, they pretty much stick to about 30 songs, including Bing Crosby's "White Christmas", Bobby Helms' "Jingle Bell...
  • Vanity: Most Annoying Christmas Songs

    12/17/2008 7:50:42 AM PST · by VRWCmember · 374 replies · 5,725+ views
    The Radio | 12/17/2008 | VRWCmember
    For several weeks now a few local radio stations have been playing Christmas music non-stop, and I love hearing the songs celebrating the season -- especially the traditional carols. How can you help but feel better when you hear Nat King Cole's smooth voice singing "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire..." (The Christmas Song) or Bing Crosby wishing you a White Christmas with every Christmas card he writes. And when Mark Lowry asks Mary if she knew that her baby boy would one day walk on water, it gives me chills. My drive home from work from late November to...
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (You tube)

    12/16/2008 11:56:22 PM PST · by restornu · 8 replies · 1,136+ views
    2008
    Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Josh Groban Noel (O Come All Ye Faithful) LDS Slideshow Josh Groban I'll be Home for Christmas I'll be home for christmas - Frank Sinatra Bing Crosby & Frank Sinatra -- The Christmas Song Nat King Cole & Frank Sinatra - The Christmas Song Nat King Cole - O Holy Night Luciano Pavarotti - O Holy Night Pavarotti - Ave Maria - Schubert Jussi Bjorling - O Holy Night
  • MPFREES (5 FREE Christmas songs available for download through Friday from the New York Post)

    12/16/2008 10:58:20 PM PST · by Stoat · 12 replies · 650+ views
    The New York Post ^ | December 16, 2008 | Maxine Shen
    To download these songs through Friday, right click on the links and hit "Save Target As": The Boxmasters "Slower Than Christmas" Zee Avi "No Christmas For Me" Sixpence None the Richer "Angels We Have Heard on High" Lenka "All My Bells Are Ringing" Straight No Chaser "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" *********************************Links not working through the Free Republic system? Please click on the main article link and try again from there....also remember, these links are only going to be working through Friday December 19 so if you are trying to download after that time they may not work at...
  • Free Music For Christmas From The Vatican (MP3's from the Holy See)

    11/27/2008 10:14:57 PM PST · by Stoat · 28 replies · 1,341+ views
    The Vatican ^ | November 27, 2008
    Here are two links at the Vatican's website that you can go to for downloading free music for Christmas as well as other occasions. Hymns for the Celebrations of the Liturgical Year, Pontifical Musical Chorus of the Sistine ChapelOn this page, the links to the MP3 files look like this It will probably be easiest to hover your mouse cursor over the note picture, right-click your mouse and select "save target as" to define where you want the file saved.When the file is finished downloading it will be available to be played on your computer's MP3 player....
  • Mannheim Steamroller Spreads Cheer to Troops With CD Giveaway (Christmas Tunes)

    11/24/2008 1:14:53 PM PST · by SandRat · 11 replies · 688+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 24, 2008 Mannheim Steamroller, the recording group famous for putting a new twist on traditional Christmas music, is hoping to spread holiday cheer to the military this season by giving away 1 million CDs to troops and their families. The group and its creator, Chip Davis, have started giving away copies of its multiple Christmas CDs to troops at home and abroad. The group also is giving away copies of its childrens pop-up book, My Little Christmas Tree. Throughout the years, I have had the opportunity to work with many in the armed services, Davis said. This...
  • NJ school district ban of Christmas music

    08/09/2008 4:10:36 PM PDT · by tpanther · 55 replies · 432+ views
    ANN ARBOR, MI Today, July 31st at 10:00AM EST, a New Jersey Federal Court heard oral arguments in a legal challenge to a public school districts policy totally banning Christmas music, including simple instrumentals without words, during year-end celebrations in its schools. The Thomas More Law Center, a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan filed the federal lawsuit on the grounds that the school districts ban on religious music conveys a government-sponsored message of disapproval and hostility toward religion in violation of the Establishment Clause. Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Law Center,...
  • Listen Live, Christmas Music played 24/7 from Thanksgiving to Christmas Day

    12/16/2007 5:49:48 PM PST · by Coleus · 15 replies · 2,723+ views
    They have been doing this for the past few years and play both secular and religious Christmas music. For those who live in the NYC Metro Area you can listen to the radio at 106.7 FM, anyone can click the link and Listen Live. also: Free Christmas music from The Vatican in MP3 format White House Christmas 2007 (Christmas Special on HGTV this Sunday, 12-16-07)
  • Free Christmas music from The Vatican in MP3 format

    11/16/2007 9:53:34 PM PST · by Stoat · 55 replies · 865+ views
    The Vatican ^ | November 16, 2007
    2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 Christmas Music: Pontifical Musical Chorus of the Sistine Chapel Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music
  • What Christmas Song(s) Can You Do Without?

    11/28/2006 9:41:38 AM PST · by TBP · 152 replies · 2,516+ views
    TBP
    A bit ago, I heard Roger Hedgecock, filling in for Rush, say that "The Twelve Days of Christmas" should be put in the tradsh bin, or words to that effect. I'll freely admit that I could live the rest of my life without "The Little Drummer boy." I agree with Dave Barry's comment that it's a song "that consists entirely fo people standing around saying 'Pum.'" What Christmas songs would you like not to hear again?
  • The ACLU-approved List of Holiday Hits! (As compiled by DaveLoneRanger)

    11/15/2006 8:49:43 PM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 37 replies · 806+ views
    DaveLoneRanger
    This Christmas Holiday season, in the interest of pleasing the rough (very rough) minority of atheists in the United States, I have gathered a list of God-lite or God-free songs about the holiday on which we celebrate the birth of you-know-Who. These are safe songs. These are the new classics. These will guarantee a completely God-free Christmas Holiday season in your home, to sit back comfortably among your Christmas holiday decorations, your Christmas holiday tree and your Christmas holiday presents and enjoy the Christmas holiday. Holly Jolly Christmas Merry Christmas Darling I'll be Home for Christmas Sleigh Ride The Christmas...
  • Hundreds of Protesters at Seattle Center

    12/25/2005 11:30:09 PM PST · by djf · 25 replies · 1,623+ views
    KING5 TV | 12/25/2005 | KING5
    King 5 tv in Seattle just had a brief segment about hundreds of protesters who had gone to Seattle center. The protesters, mostly of Ukrainian and former east-block countries, were singing Christmas Carols (in Ukrainian). They explained themselves through an interpreter that they are tired of all of the political correctness surrounding Christmas, and they had come from countries where they could not speak their minds, and never expected to see it in the United States. As this is a news item that came on the 11:00 news, I have no link, but will search for one. If any other...
  • Defying 'Silent Night' in Pennsylvania [Angry Liberal Christmas-Hater]

    12/25/2005 10:37:22 AM PST · by Alouette · 283 replies · 7,349+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Dec. 25, 2005 | Judy Maltz
    I must admit that I never knew the lyrics to "Silent Night," that most famous of Christmas songs, until I was well into the prime of my life. There was no reason I should have, though. Growing up in a tightly knit Orthodox community in New Jersey, I attended Jewish day schools and Jewish camps and was active in Jewish youth movements, as insulated from the Gentile world as anyone could possibly be. My first real contact with non-Jews came during my college years in New York, but even then, most of my closest friends were Jewish, and my Christmas...
  • A Christmas Carol?

    12/24/2005 3:23:48 PM PST · by conserv371 · 6 replies · 464+ views
    Is Joy to the World a Christmas carol or a song about another event? I remember when it struck me that this "carol" really does not have much to do with Christmas except maybe the first verse. Instead it deals with the time the Lord Jesus Christ will set up reign on this earth. At that time, righteousness will prevail. It will be a time of true peace. The lion will lay down with the lamb. The vices of today will be gone since they will be unlawful. It will be a foretaste of eternity with the Devil bound. I...
  • A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day....12-23, 24, 25, 26-05....Home for the Holidays

    12/23/2005 12:04:48 AM PST · by Mama_Bear · 480 replies · 4,286+ views
    Mama_Bear
    Oh, there's no place like home for the holidays 'Cause no matter how far away you roam When you pine for the sunshine Of a friendly face For the holidays, you can't beat Home, sweet home I met a man who lives in Tennessee And he was headin' for Pennsylvania And some home made pumpkin pie From Pennsylvania folks a travelin' down To Dixie's sunny shore From Atlantic to Pacific, gee The traffic is terrific Oh there's no place like home For the holidays, 'cause no matter How far away you roam If you want to be happy in...
  • A Christmas Song for Tormented Souls

    12/23/2005 9:48:35 AM PST · by crushkerry · 3 replies · 453+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 12/23/05 | Patrick Hynes (freeper)
    Let me begin this column by informing the reader that I am a freak for Christmas songs. I'm the guy who whistles "Jingle Bells" in the grocery store; who starts the Christmas CDs before Thanksgiving. And if you pull up next to me at a red light when "O Holy Night" happens to be playing on my car radio, you might very well hear me singing through two panes of crash-proof, side-windshield glass, my arms flailing un-rhythmically like the poor shlubs in the commercials announcing a new season of American Idol. To me, this is the hap-hap-happiest season of all....
  • America Supports You: Trio Finds Poignancy in Civil War Carol

    12/20/2005 5:19:23 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 366+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Dec 20, 2005 | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 20, 2005 A Dallas-based band has looked to the Civil War to honor today's servicemembers fighting in the global war on terrorism. TrueHeart, an adult contemporary/urban folk band, was invited to perform at a Christmas benefit for a local hospital last year. But the band's trio of siblings disagreed on what carols to play. Ross Vick said that he and his brother, Patrick, and sister, Karen Vick Cavazos, couldn't settle on what Christmas songs to play. So he wrote three songs, including a new arrangement of the 19th century hymn, "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day."...
  • The Origin of Silent Night - A Christmas Carol is Born

    12/20/2005 4:15:24 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 16 replies · 1,259+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 21 December 2005 | Fr. Bernard Heffernan
    For 22 years I looked after the spiritual needs of senior citizen homes. Volunteers helped. Among them was Anna Cairnduf, a lady who hails from a mountain town in Austria. She's the grand niece of Father Joseph Mohr, the writer of the Christmas carol "Silent Night" which for a long time was ignored. Why? Great music is expected from great cities and great Cathedrals but hardly from a poor, cold, drafty little mountain church, where a few days before Christmas in 1818, a hungry mouse chewed through the bellows of the old organ, silencing it. Oh no! No music for...
  • District's Clampdown on Religious Music Criticized as Unconstitutional

    12/20/2005 4:36:35 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 9 replies · 307+ views
    Agape Press ^ | 21 December 2005 | Jim Brown
    (AgapePress) - A pro-family law firm has filed an appeal against a New Jersey school district that banned instrumental Christmas music. The Thomas More Law Center is asking the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia to end the South Orange/Maplewood School District's ban on religious music. The ban was implemented last year to prevent the use of Christmas music at year-end celebrations in the district. Rob Muise, the attorney handling the case for the Ann Arbor, Michigan-based Law Center, argues the district is violating the Establishment Clause, found in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Muise contends...
  • Lutes + Synthesizers +Rock Beats = America's Most Popular Christmas Music? (MANHEIM STEAMROLLER!!!)

    12/18/2005 4:17:23 PM PST · by paulat · 97 replies · 2,857+ views
    The New York Times Magazine ^ | 12/18/05 | Jody Rosen
    Lutes + Synthesizers +Rock Beats = America's Most Popular Christmas Music? By JODY ROSEN Published: December 18, 2005 The Kansas Coliseum is a 12,200-seat hockey arena that rises above a wind-lashed plain 11 miles north of Wichita. [snip] The crowd had come to see the instrumental ensemble Mannheim Steamroller, but the music onstage was just part of what the band likes to call "the complete Mannheim Christmas experience," a full sensory immersion in holiday pomp. Carolers roamed the arena corridors. Santa-hat-wearing ushers distributed programs. Balconies were festooned with holly. The pice de rsistance, located at the rear of the arena...
  • Barnes and Noble "Holiday" Music

    12/17/2005 7:18:19 PM PST · by sidewalk · 73 replies · 1,539+ views
    December 17, 2005 | Vanity
    For those following the Holiday/Christmas controversies, note that if you visit the Music/Video department of your local Barnes & Noble you will literally see a music section marked "Holiday/Hannukah/Kwanzaa." Suffice it to say no purchases were made tonight.
  • 12 Favorite Carols (What's YOUR favorite? Mine: McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime")

    12/16/2005 9:02:16 PM PST · by churchillbuff · 325 replies · 3,819+ views
    pittsburghlive ^ | Dec 16 05 | Regis Behe
    What's your favorite Christmas song? For me, Religious (The First Nowell), and Secular: ("Wonderful Christmastime) Twelve Favorite Carols, By Regis Behe Friday, December 16, 2005 Earlier this month, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers released a list of the most popular holiday songs for the past five years, based on number of performances. 1. "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)," Mel Torme, Robert Wells 2. "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town," Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie 3. "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin 4. "Winter Wonderland," Felix Bernard, Richard B. Smith 5....
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Christmas/Holiday Music Festival For Our Troops ~ 17 DEC 2005

    12/16/2005 5:51:05 PM PST · by MoJo2001 · 1,827 replies · 15,758+ views
    Serving The Best Troops In The World | The Canteen Deejays
    Music For Our Troops -All music is removed on Mondays. Support the artists below by going to the following links: ArtistDirect.com l Amazon.com l Walmart.com l Ticketmaster.com l Google.com l Songfacts.com l Billboard.com l Audiophile.com l Wherehouse.com l Sonique l MTV.com l VH1.com l CMT.com l MuchMusic.com l Audio Realm l MSN Radio l Shout Cast l Launch Music l Live-Radio Net l MP3.com l Welcome to the FReeper Canteen's Music Mayhem!! We're proud to serve the best military in the world! Thank you for joining us this Friday night/Saturday!! If you'd like to be added to...
  • A sour note for choir at Wal-Mart (booted from NY store)

    12/16/2005 4:11:07 PM PST · by NYer · 49 replies · 1,519+ views
    Newsday ^ | December 16, 2005 | CHRISTINE ARMARIO
    <p>A festive group of high school choir students from Central Islip singing at an Islandia shopping center discovered over the weekend that some people were not in the holiday spirit.</p> <p>After entering a Wal-Mart store, the choir was quickly asked to leave before even starting to sing its first song.</p>
  • A-caroling they will go: School program revised to include unedited version of Christmas song

    12/16/2005 5:58:51 AM PST · by dukeman · 12 replies · 446+ views
    Selection joins Kwanzaa, Chanukah, Chinese New Year tunes in student show after ADF attorney sends letter to school officials "Neutering a Christmas song to remove its religious references is not necessary under the Constitution, and it is also offensive to the majority of the population who celebrates the holiday," said ADF attorney David Hacker. BOLINGBROOK, Ill. - Officials at a suburban Chicago elementary school have changed their minds about their decision to revise the Christmas song "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" to "We Wish You a Happy Holiday" as part of an upcoming student concert after a letter from...