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Christians Awake, Salute The Happy Dawn – Sunday (Christmas) Songs 2016 Day 25

Christians Awake, Salute The Happy Morn is my favourite Christmas Day hymn, I think.


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Angels We Have Heard On High – Christmas Songs 2016 Day 24

We finished our carols and readings service tonight with Angels We Have Heard On High.
I just heard Marina Prior sing the same arrangement of Angels that she sings every year at the Melbourne Carols By Candlelight. It’s a pretty cool arrangement.
Here’s Fernando Ortega’s version.
A good finish for today and tomorrow’s coming.


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In The Bleak Midwinter – Christmas Songs 2016 Day 23

In The Bleak Midwinter has some of the finest poetry and music of all Christmas carols.
There may be better examples of theology, more memorable phrases and melodic hooks, but Rosetti’s words and Holst’s tune CRANHAM are superb from beginning to end.

Shawn Colvin does it complete justice with this rendition.


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Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne – Christmas Songs 2016 Day 22

A classic song sung by a classic voice for your Christmas eve-eve-eve listening.
Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne by George Beverly Shea.


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I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day – Christmas Songs 2016 Day 21

Oddly enough a couple of versions of I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day bobbed up in my social media today.
If you want to read something about the song go to this post by Justin Taylor.
There are squillions of versions of this around, though it has fallen from popularity in recent years.

I’ve selected this version by Burl Ives, a wonderfully unaffected vocalist (far less stylised than last year’s version of this song).


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The First Nowell – Christmas Songs 2016 Day 20

One of my daughters suggested that all my years of posting Christmas songs meant that I’ve run out of really good ones.
Something to do with yesterday’s posting of The Boar’s Head.
Well here’s The First Nowell which I can’t see that I’ve posted at all before.
So there.
I like music of The Lower Lights, though not their theology.

And here’s Third Day with Mac Powell on vocals.
Not one of their absolute best.


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The Boar’s Head – Christmas Songs 2016 Day 19

A new Christmas song?
Called The Boar’s Head?
Latin lyrics?
Sung by Josh Garrels?
Four reasons I can’t resist posting this.
But it won’t be part of our carol singing. (this year, at least)
Nor will Boar’s Head feature at our Christmas feast.


1.
The boar’s head in hand bear I
Bedecked with bays and rosemary;
And I pray you my masters be merry,
Quot estis in convivio [as many as are at the feast].
Refrain.
Caput apri defero [I bring in the boar’s head]
Reddens laudes Domino [Giving thanks to the lord]
2.
The boar’s head as I understand
Is the rarest dish in all the land,
When thus bedecked with a gay garland,
Let us servire cantico [serve it with a song].
Refrain.
3.
Our steward hath provided this
In honour of the King of bliss,
Which on this day to be served is
In Reginensis atrio [In Queen’s Hall].
Refrain.