The Quixotic Pastor

Friday, December 08, 2006

Fa-la-la-la-la, La Friday Five

Reverendmother from Revgalblogpals writes: "those of you who read my blog know I have a love-hate relationship with the 24/7 Christmas music we're subjected treated to in stores and radio (in the U.S. at least). It gets too sentimentally sticky-sweet sometimes, yet I find myself unable to resist it. Nothing says "it's Christmas" to me like John Denver and Rolf the Dog singing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." "

She poses the following questions to us blogpals:

1. A favorite 'secular' Christmas song. I've always liked "Silver Bells". It's lighthearted and fun to sing. I also like "Carol of the Bells" which is fun and challenging to sing --and it's in a minor key! Yes!

2. Christmas song that chokes you up (maybe even in spite of yourself--the cheesier the better) There's a choir anthem by John Rutter, I think called the "Candlelight Carol," which is absolutely beautiful, text and music both.

you can listen here if you have quicktime and I did the link correctly

I listened --and I blubbered.

There's nothing cheesy about it ... I think as a musician I have played or sung so much cheesy Christmas music in my life that I have developed an immunity. It goes in one ear and out the other, and doesn't usually bang into any brain cells on the way.

3. Christmas song that makes you want to stuff your ears with chestnuts roasted on an open fire. See #3

4. The Twelve Days of Christmas: is there *any* redeeming value to that song? Discuss. No. I like the parallel song which comes out of the African American tradition much better, "Children, Go Where I Send Thee."

5. A favorite Christmas album. Hmmm ... I have a soft spot for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas and the Harry Simone Chorale vinyls I have [Y'know, vinyl? Back when we recorded music by making grooves on giant discs made of thin plastic that had a tiny hole in the center?]


  • At 8:41 AM , Blogger reverendmother said...

    Silver Bells--good one!

    And I love Rutter. Do you know the Children's Carol (I think that's what it's called)--"One for the star in the sky over Bethlehem, two for the hands that will rock him to sleep..."

  • At 9:01 AM , Blogger Susie said...

    Ooh, I love Children Go Where I Send Thee!

  • At 9:30 AM , Blogger Reverend Dona Quixote said...

    RevMo, I don't know that one. I am just so tempted to go out and get a Rutter Xmas CD. Because I have been a good girl!

    Susie, I used to sing with The Women's Chorus of Dallas. One Christmas we sang a jazzy, uptempo, R & B version of that which would knock your socks off!

  • At 10:41 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Oh. My. Goodness. (sniff)

    That Rutter carol was truly lovely! THANKS for sharing it!



  • At 11:26 AM , Blogger 1-4 Grace said...

    I like Children Go, Where I Send Thee too!
    I have been singing it with our preschool kids in chapel every WednesDAY!

  • At 12:13 PM , Blogger chartreuseova said...

    "Candlelight Carol" is beautiful. I'd never heard it before.

  • At 8:01 PM , Blogger Sue said...

    *sniff* Pass the tissues Deb....

    The Rutter hymn is so beautiful!


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