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2013-12-10 6:36 PM

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Subject: Holiday songs, carols, and all that....

Can't beat this time of the year so might as well join them....

My two favourite are  Greg Lake's "I Believe in Father Christmas" which, strangely enough appeals to the pagan in me, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXCEdrnaFlY      and Il Volo's version of  "Stille Nacht" which appeals to the traditionalist Christian in me,   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqvIwCjTz7o .   I can sing this song in three languages, but by far think the german language version is superior.  By the way, I sang the german version at work today, on a bet. A capello and all that.  Wonder if I earned a spiritual cookie for that.

 

Celebrate the coming Solstice!!!

 

Add what you like; we lax pagans are a tolerant lot.....

 

 



2013-12-11 1:06 PM
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Subject: RE: Holiday songs, carols, and all that....

Originally posted by MadMathemagician

Can't beat this time of the year so might as well join them....

My two favourite are  Greg Lake's "I Believe in Father Christmas" which, strangely enough appeals to the pagan in me, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXCEdrnaFlY

Whenever this song played on the radio, I would immediately crank the volume.  The key that it is played in (D Major?), the way the song develops, and the building of the crescendo with the fills of orchestral sounds and choir are fantastic.  Greg Lake, at such a young age, and his lyrics partner created a musical pop masterpiece of its time.

2013-12-11 4:07 PM
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2013-12-11 4:28 PM
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While I'm enjoying singing along with the new Carrie Underwood version of The Sound of Music, my favorite is "Mary Did You Know?"

I'm a bit of a snob about it, though. I think only Mark Lowry gives it the emotion it deserves.

2013-12-11 11:19 PM
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I came in to this thread to recommend I Believe in Father Christmas - Greg Lake but I'm a bit late. I'd also add to the list:

I Saw Three Ships - Sting has two versions I like the older version better. Orla Fallon does it pretty nice as well.
Carol of the Bells - Pentatonix

2013-12-13 2:15 PM
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Love I heard the Bells on Christmas Day, Casting Crowns. It expresses some of what I believe in Father Christmas does. Lyrics based on a poem by Longfellow in 1863.

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,

and wild and sweet
The words repeat

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom

Had rolled along
The unbroken song

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Till ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,

A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,

And with the sound
The carols drowned

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent,

And made forlorn
The households born

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
"There is no peace on earth," I said;

"For hate is strong,
And mocks the song

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!"

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."



2013-12-14 9:26 AM
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One we've fallen upon recently is "How Many Kings" by the group Downhere. This is a pretty good live in studio version.

2013-12-14 11:02 AM
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Originally posted by BikerGrrrl

Here's my holiday ear worm: 

Waitresses: Christmas Wrapping

X2
2013-12-14 12:07 PM
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I prefer to call it Christmas Music. 

Here's one of my favorites. 

Wizards of Winter

2013-12-14 8:47 PM
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Originally posted by cdban66

One we've fallen upon recently is "How Many Kings" by the group Downhere. This is a pretty good live in studio version.

One of my faves, Chris. Got to see them do it live when we lived in Omaha
2013-12-14 8:50 PM
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Originally posted by KansasMom

Love I heard the Bells on Christmas Day, Casting Crowns. It expresses some of what I believe in Father Christmas does. Lyrics based on a poem by Longfellow in 1863.

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,

and wild and sweet
The words repeat

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom

Had rolled along
The unbroken song

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Till ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,

A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,

And with the sound
The carols drowned

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent,

And made forlorn
The households born

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
"There is no peace on earth," I said;

"For hate is strong,
And mocks the song

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!"

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."

Wow! Never realized all of that was in there!


2013-12-14 10:14 PM
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Originally posted by rrrunner

While I'm enjoying singing along with the new Carrie Underwood version of The Sound of Music, my favorite is "Mary Did You Know?"

I'm a bit of a snob about it, though. I think only Mark Lowry gives it the emotion it deserves.




I'm one of the people Carrie is praying for! Since I thought she sucked! (was at a 'live' performance of the Nutcracker put on by middle school kids, all had better acting skills)

One of my favorites is Big Bad Voodoo Daddy: Heat-miser

www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPJjBNa7WYY?

2013-12-15 10:38 PM
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My all-time favorite - The Hallelujah Chorus  (just one example provided):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usfiAsWR4qU

2013-12-15 11:11 PM
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Wait............someone sang a Christmas song besides Bing Crosby's White Christmas?  Who knew?

2013-12-17 1:37 PM
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Some that I consider favorites:

  • Winter Wonderland in General, but Annie Lenox's version could be my favorite (Very Special Christmas 1)
  • I believe in Father Christmas - Funny story (well, to me and my wife).  My XM radio has a limited display size so that comes up as "I believe in fat", which when my wife and I saw that driving, just tickled us.  Seemed appropriate for the holidays.  We chuckle at that years later.  Stupid, I know.
  • I really like Andy Williams' Most Wonderful time of the year.
  • Carol of the bells (bell version and the Lawrence Welk singing version is cool)

For more recent stuff (not covers)

  • Colbie Callat Mistletoe
  • Smashing Pumpkins Christmastime
  • I found some fantastic techno mixes of Bing Crosby, Nutcracker Songs, etc in Japan.  You know, if you want a Christmas Rave.
  • I should search for some dubstep Christmas songs this year!

 

 

2013-12-17 3:08 PM
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Father Christmas by The Kinks



2013-12-17 3:08 PM
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Traditional: Carol of the Bells, so many great renditions of it to choose from.

More modern: The Pogues & Kirsty McColl "Fairytale Of New York"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwHyuraau4Q

2013-12-17 8:11 PM
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Originally posted by KansasMom

Love I heard the Bells on Christmas Day, Casting Crowns. It expresses some of what I believe in Father Christmas does. Lyrics based on a poem by Longfellow in 1863.

 

 

John Gorka did a version about 25 years ago, that I like even better.  (Love the Gorka!)

The only other 2 Christmas songs I can stand to listen to are: 

Martina McBride singing "O Holy Night"

 

the Barenaked Ladies teaming up with Sarah MacLaughlin for a great "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings" mashup.

2013-12-18 5:57 AM
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I heard this last night and it brought me back to childhood.

Linus and Lucy

2013-12-18 6:58 AM
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Originally posted by Kido

Some that I consider favorites:

  • Winter Wonderland in General, but Annie Lenox's version could be my favorite (Very Special Christmas 1)...

 

 

Quite possibly the best Christmas album ever released.

1st

2013-12-18 11:33 AM
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Originally posted by the bear

Originally posted by Kido

Some that I consider favorites:

  • Winter Wonderland in General, but Annie Lenox's version could be my favorite (Very Special Christmas 1)...

 

 

Quite possibly the best Christmas album ever released.

1st

Agreed.

IMO, every version after that, though decent, NEVER came close to standing up to this one.



2013-12-18 11:37 AM
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Originally posted by Kido

Originally posted by the bear

Originally posted by Kido

Some that I consider favorites:

  • Winter Wonderland in General, but Annie Lenox's version could be my favorite (Very Special Christmas 1)...

 

 

Quite possibly the best Christmas album ever released.

1st

Agreed.

IMO, every version after that, though decent, NEVER came close to standing up to this one.

x2

it's the ONLY christmas music i tolerate!

2013-12-18 1:19 PM
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I got this from the Airrosti group today as an e-card. Great rehab, chiro, deep tissue/PT. Look like they had fun. http://www.airrosti.com/newsletters/holiday/2013/2013video.html
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