Merry Christmas! Here are a dozen traditional Christmas songs.
- Luciano Pavarotti, “Adeste Fideles” You probably know this as “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” but it sounds so great in Latin…
- Nana Mouskouri, “Stille Nacht” Or “Silent Night.” This was originally written by Franz Gruber to lyrics by Joseph Mohr in 1818. When they arrived at the church that evening to play it for the first time, they discovered that the organ was unplayable, so someone played it on the guitar.
- Pentatonix, “Angels We Have Heard On High” Pentatonix has become a big part of Christmas, because they sing so well.
- Celtic Woman, “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear” A beautiful rendition of this classic.
- The King’s Singers, “The Boar’s Head Carol” Mom had a collection of Christmas records that would go on heavy rotation the day the tree went up and would play on through Epiphany, and sometimes after. I remember this from one of her records.
- Dolly Parton, “Go Tell It On The Mountain” Seeing as Dolly is from around the Smoky Mountains, it seems appropriate to have her do this one. There’s a chapel at Dollywood, and I think this was filmed there.
- London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, “Here We Come A-Wassailing” You might know this one better as “Here We Come A-Caroling,” which is a whole lot easier to spell, lemme tell ya…
- Mannheim Steamroller, “Pat-A-Pan” Another I remember hearing at home, this is a French carol originally in the Burgundian dialect.
- Callie & Collette, “Bring A Torch, Jeanette, Isabella” Another song of French origin, and again one I heard at home a lot.
- The Bach Choir, “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” Learned this one when I was in second grade from the good Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus. It’s a traditional English song, which friends of mine and I used to sing, punctuating each line with “eh, wot?” Try it. It’s fun.
- The King’s College Choir, “Ding Dong Merrily On High” I think the first time I heard this that I can recall was on an episode of Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Another song of English origin.
- The King’s College Choir, “The First Nowell” I was in Music Ministry many years ago, and for some reason we waited until Epiphany to do this one. No idea why, it’s a great song.
And that’s your Merry Christmas Music Moves Me for December 25, 2017.