Thursday, December 15, 2005

What will be on my turntable on Christmas Day? 

Well, the turntable in the microwave will probably have a turkey and some roast vegetables on it, but right now I'm talking record turntables. Or CDs.

Jaden Kale has 'tagged' me with the Christmas music 'meme'. I do like a good questionnaire and I PARTICULARLY like music and I ESPECIALLY like Christmas, so I got into this with great alacrity, which is not what I usually get into things with.

Good King Wenceslaus.
All my childhood Christmases occured during summer heatwaves in a sunburned land characterised by wildfire, burning northerly winds and duststorms. So all those songs about cold and snow and fir trees and medieval kings fascinated me and took me away into a faraway land. Here is a song written in 1853 in Britain by an Anglican minister about a duke who gave to the poor in Bohemia a thousand years earlier, to teach children about the virtue of generosity in celebrating the birth of a Jewish child in Bethlehem another thousand years earlier - listened to by a marvelling child in twentieth century Australia. Like a beautiful woven gown circling the world with goodwill down the ages, this song says something about Christmas. And about goodwill to all men. Listen up, bad world.

O Come All Ye Faithful.
As a child I used to think it was O Calm All Ye Faithful and I would think to myself Why are they telling everybody to relax? Maybe it's because tomorrow is Christmas and everyone is getting WAY too excited! Like me!

Silent Night.
This is (a) the most recorded song in history; (b) the most famous of all the Christmas hymns and (c) exists because of a broken organ in a little parish in the little alpine village of Oberndorf in 1818. The priest, Father Mohr asked his friend, Dr Gruber to compose some words for a poem to be sung with accompanying guitar because the organ had broken down. Dr Gruber did so in time for midnight mass. For me, the gentle lilt and simple melody of Silent Night is quintessentially Austrian.

Away in a Manger
Just because it is a sweet song, poignant, naive and beautiful. Children love it and it was the first Christmas song I learned, as far as I can remember.

Ave Maria sung by Kiri Te Kanawa.
Find a copy of this, settle back on Christmas Eve, put the kids to bed, put the dog out, turn off the TV, turn off everything else, disable the front door bell, take the phone off the hook, turn down the lights and listen. If tears of joy are not running down your cheeks by the end, then you've already died and gone to heaven. On second thoughts, let the dog stay inside and listen with you.


Now it's my turn to 'tag' Mary, Book Kitten, Boo, Ian T., Filegirl and Prestbury.

I hope that:
(a) you are not offended if I tagged you, and
(b) you are not offended if I have not tagged you.

I love all of you anyway.

Especially at Christmas.

is it time for a nap yet? i think so

It's fun to be tagged!
Thanks for the tag... mmm i'll have to think about that one... though i do like the... "Calm all ye faithful"!... much better name!...
That's easy...Manhiem Steamroller... the only Christmas music I own.
This one will be fun. ;)
I'm not big on being tagged, but we'll probably play some generic Christmas music (there's one cheapy CD that's really rather nice). Mary, Mannheim Steamroller is a good pic! I have a lot of their stuff, but not the Christmas CD. I keep meaning to buy the albums by Trans-Siberian Orchestra too, but just haven't got around to it yet...
Along with the generic Christmas CDs (songs and classical), we played The Narada Nutcracker. Merry Christmas!
Heads up, Joe: some asshole made tif (uglygirly.blogspot.com) kill her blog. I put a notice on FIAC asking her to come back.
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