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In the bleak Midwinter...

I can't say that Christmas is my favorite time of year, I find things to love in all seasons.
But I have to admit I like it when I can start playing Christmas music without feeling like a doof.

I love the variety of Christmas music that is out there, Carols and hymns and pop tunes and Broadway show-stoppers and ancient melodies on harps and pipes.

It's sad that all you hear on the Radio anymore is Sleighride and It's-Christmas-eve-my baby-left-life-sucks songs.

I have quite a collection. And enjoy adding to it.

What are your favorite seasonal songs?


GHR

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mia_mcdavid
Nov. 29th, 2006 08:08 pm (UTC)
"Once in Royal David's City" always makes me cry.

I love singing "Adeste Fideles".

"In the Bleak Midwinter" is good. I like "The Snow Lay on the Ground". "Adam Lay Y-Bounden" is an old favorite from Lessons and Carols.

"I Saw Three Ships" because my mother used to sing it.

The whole jingle-frosty-shopping-snow thing leaves me dead cold. "I'll be Home for Christmas" is one of the most depressing songs I know, and Rudolph makes me want to throw things because I don't think St. Nick would permit that kind of cruelty.

Blessed Advent to you and yours!
jennlk
Nov. 29th, 2006 08:35 pm (UTC)
"I'll be Home for Christmas" is -supposed- to be depressing. It's a wartime song, by a soldier who is most certainly -not- going to be home for Christmas.

My current favorite songs are "Gabriel's Message" (which isn't really a -Christmas- song, but it's the only time I hear it), "I Wonder as I Wander" (again, not really Christmas), and "Still, Still, Still". John Rutter wrote a beautiful song called "A Shepherd's Pipe Carol", which is a 'dancing' carol (as is "Il est Ne", although it's rarely done that way) and "My Dancing Day".

Lexi and I can reliably get Tom to run screaming out of the room if we start singing "I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas".

mia_mcdavid
Nov. 29th, 2006 10:12 pm (UTC)
""I'll be Home for Christmas" is -supposed- to be depressing. It's a wartime song, by a soldier who is most certainly -not- going to be home for Christmas." You know that, and I know that, but I have the impression that a lot of people don't listen to the words beyond the title . . .

For all that, The Messiah isn't just a Christmas piece, either, but one hears it most at Christmas and I love it dearly.

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