We are only 24 days from Christmas, meaning Christmas songs are in play. I’ve chosen a classic Christmas song and three classic artists doing it on their respective Christmas albums.
The song is "Silent Night." The music was written by Franz Gruber to lyrics by Joseph Mohr in 1818. Legend has it that, on the Christmas Eve that it was to make its debut, the organ at St. Nicholas Church in Oberndorf in the Austrian Empire was in such bad shape, it couldn’t be played, so the song was accompanied that first time by someone playing the guitar. It has become one of the most beloved Christmas carols of all time. At my parish, it’s played as the post-Communion hymn, and, at least on Christmas, the house lights are dimmed and all the light in the church is provided by the decorations. It’s quite moving.
So, that’s the song. Here are the contenders.
From his 1945 album Merry Christmas.
From his 1963 album The Andy Williams Christmas Album.
The comic musician did a very lovely version of the song on his 1956 album Spike Jones Presents a Xmas Spectacular.
There are our contenders for this battle. Here’s what you do:
- Listen to the three songs.
- Decide which song you like the best.
- Vote for your favorite by leaving me a comment with your choice. If you feel like telling us why, feel free.
- Then, visit the other participants and vote in their Battles:
Voting closes next Wednesday, December 8 at noon, so be sure and get your votes to me by then.
The lines are now open. Good luck to Bing, Andy, and Spike!