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Wed Dec 5, 2018, 10:52 PM

It's that time of the year...what is your favorite Christmas Carol?


49 votes, 1 pass | Time left: Unlimited
O Come All Ye Faithful
1 (2%)
Silent Night
4 (8%)
The First Noel
0 (0%)
Away in a Manger
1 (2%)
O Holy Night
12 (24%)
We Three Kings
1 (2%)
The Holly and the Ivy
2 (4%)
Let it Snow
1 (2%)
Jingle Bells
1 (2%)
other (name it)
26 (53%)
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Reply It's that time of the year...what is your favorite Christmas Carol? (Original post)
gopiscrap Dec 2018 OP
LexVegas Dec 2018 #1
Roland99 Dec 2018 #2
MontanaMama Dec 2018 #3
dhol82 Dec 2018 #27
True Dough Dec 2018 #4
MontanaMama Dec 2018 #66
Sancho Dec 2018 #5
voteearlyvoteoften Dec 2018 #54
rsdsharp Dec 2018 #96
llmart Dec 2018 #55
The Velveteen Ocelot Dec 2018 #6
gopiscrap Dec 2018 #18
The Velveteen Ocelot Dec 2018 #20
gopiscrap Dec 2018 #39
MineralMan Dec 2018 #78
gopiscrap Dec 2018 #102
MineralMan Dec 2018 #109
gopiscrap Dec 2018 #114
MineralMan Dec 2018 #115
The Velveteen Ocelot Dec 2018 #80
gopiscrap Dec 2018 #117
Sancho Dec 2018 #7
Ms. Toad Dec 2018 #13
lark Dec 2018 #103
GreatCaesarsGhost Dec 2018 #8
PJMcK Dec 2018 #85
MrsCoffee Dec 2018 #93
PJMcK Dec 2018 #99
MrGrieves Dec 2018 #9
violetpastille Dec 2018 #10
Brother Buzz Dec 2018 #26
violetpastille Dec 2018 #28
Judi Lynn Dec 2018 #44
llmart Dec 2018 #56
lark Dec 2018 #107
violetpastille Dec 2018 #110
lark Dec 2018 #112
pangaia Dec 2018 #11
The Velveteen Ocelot Dec 2018 #14
pangaia Dec 2018 #16
gopiscrap Dec 2018 #19
The Velveteen Ocelot Dec 2018 #24
gopiscrap Dec 2018 #40
pangaia Dec 2018 #89
The Velveteen Ocelot Dec 2018 #90
pangaia Dec 2018 #91
gopiscrap Dec 2018 #21
ProudLib72 Dec 2018 #12
TheBlackAdder Dec 2018 #23
ProudLib72 Dec 2018 #32
TheBlackAdder Dec 2018 #15
A HERETIC I AM Dec 2018 #17
misanthrope Dec 2018 #22
DesertRat Dec 2018 #25
Bradshaw3 Dec 2018 #29
chillfactor Dec 2018 #30
gopiscrap Dec 2018 #37
Hekate Dec 2018 #31
gopiscrap Dec 2018 #38
TeamPooka Dec 2018 #33
dweller Dec 2018 #34
912gdm Dec 2018 #35
Haggis for Breakfast Dec 2018 #36
Tom Rinaldo Dec 2018 #69
maryellen99 Dec 2018 #41
Judi Lynn Dec 2018 #42
madamesilverspurs Dec 2018 #43
Nay Dec 2018 #61
DFW Dec 2018 #45
Raine Dec 2018 #46
bedazzled Dec 2018 #72
pnwest Dec 2018 #47
rownesheck Dec 2018 #48
lilactime Dec 2018 #49
scarletlib Dec 2018 #50
MFM008 Dec 2018 #51
Sedona Dec 2018 #52
Haggis for Breakfast Dec 2018 #118
samnsara Dec 2018 #53
Soxfan58 Dec 2018 #57
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bearsfootball516 Dec 2018 #59
get the red out Dec 2018 #60
FSogol Dec 2018 #62
brooklynite Dec 2018 #63
JNelson6563 Dec 2018 #64
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Greybnk48 Dec 2018 #67
Glorfindel Dec 2018 #82
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elocs Dec 2018 #68
KatyMan Dec 2018 #70
hatrack Dec 2018 #71
Tom Rinaldo Dec 2018 #73
SaintLouisBlues Dec 2018 #116
crazycatlady Dec 2018 #74
Polybius Dec 2018 #75
MineralMan Dec 2018 #76
ghostsinthemachine Dec 2018 #77
bdamomma Dec 2018 #79
LongtimeAZDem Dec 2018 #81
JustABozoOnThisBus Dec 2018 #84
Adrahil Dec 2018 #86
airmid Dec 2018 #97
Cairycat Dec 2018 #87
gopiscrap Dec 2018 #104
rzemanfl Dec 2018 #88
rurallib Dec 2018 #92
Honeycombe8 Dec 2018 #94
WeekiWater Dec 2018 #95
Casandia Dec 2018 #98
brush Dec 2018 #100
lark Dec 2018 #101
AmandaRuth Dec 2018 #105
stopbush Dec 2018 #106
stopbush Dec 2018 #108
Blue_true Dec 2018 #111
struggle4progress Dec 2018 #113

Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2018, 10:54 PM

1. Christmas Canon. nt

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2018, 10:55 PM

2. Muppet Christmas Carol

Oh wait....

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2018, 10:57 PM

3. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.

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Response to MontanaMama (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 12:05 AM

27. I might change my vote.

LOVE that song!

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2018, 10:57 PM

4. Other (x2)

Neither is a classic carol, but they are my favourite songs of the season:

#1:




A close 2nd:

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Response to True Dough (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 09:08 AM

66. Ooooh..your #1 pick

makes me waver on my #1. Great song. ☮️

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2018, 10:58 PM

5. White Christmas...

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Response to Sancho (Reply #5)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 06:45 AM

54. Yes! ⛄️

Makes me miss New England.

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Response to voteearlyvoteoften (Reply #54)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 11:05 AM

96. The song is actually set in Southern California.

Virtually no one ever sings the introduction to the song:

The sun is shining, the grass is green
The orange and palm trees sway
There's never been such a day
In Beverly Hills, L.A
But it's December the twenty-fourth
And I am longing to be up North

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Response to Sancho (Reply #5)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 07:05 AM

55. Like the song and lyrics...

but once I found out Bing was abusive to his family I no longer liked him.

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2018, 10:58 PM

6. None of the above, and the last two aren't Christmas carols.

They are secular holiday songs. I particularly dislike "Silent Night" because as it is sung it inevitably gets slower and slower, and in most cases flatter and flatter, and by the end it sounds like an out-of-tune dirge. I do like the version of "O Little Town of Bethlehem" with the tune written by Ralph Vaughan Williams (the better-known one also gets slow and flat).

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #6)

Wed Dec 5, 2018, 11:51 PM

18. you are absolutely right

the last two aren't Christmas Carols. You must have had some sacred music training. I have also...a lot of it!

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Response to gopiscrap (Reply #18)

Wed Dec 5, 2018, 11:53 PM

20. Years and years.

I now sing in a small early music ensemble, so I'm kind of saturated in it.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #20)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 01:24 AM

39. when I was a child I auditioned for the Vatican Boychoir

and was accepted and sang with them for a year

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Response to gopiscrap (Reply #39)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 09:45 AM

78. Can you tell us about your experience with that?

I'd be fascinated to read it.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #78)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 11:56 AM

102. I was born in Germany and had been pegged with vocal talent

by the time I was 6 years old. I sang solo's at the Cathedral in Frankfurt when I was nine. At 10 and half I auditioned for the seated professional boy choir of the Cathedral and was accepted and started doing their solo's. My director had me send in a tape and then I was asked to do a personal audition and was seated for their second tier choir. This was the traveling choir. We only sang in St. Peters twice once at our commissioning and also at our homecoming otherwise our home congregation was St. John Lateran the bishop's seat of Rome.

We lived in dorms with house parents for most of the weeks (Sun eve thru Thur afternoon) except for when we were on the road. We practiced twice a day for 90 minutes each time and were tutored more or less classroom style for four hours a day.

We were able to sing in 51 nations. During that year. I kick myself now because we were also given a lot of touring opportunities but I didn't appreciate it as an 11-12 year old. As an example we were in Egypt and being given a tour of the pyramids and our hotel had a pool. At that point in my life I cared more about the pool than the pyramids.

What it did for me, was give me an immense appreciate=ion for good sound choral music and also good liturgy. It taught me how to connect people from all over the world and gave me an ability to acclimate just about anywhere I am placed. I am deeply appreciative of the chance not few ever receive and because of it, I have been involved in church music all my life. In fact I am singing at an Eritrean Orthodox funeral Mass on December 28th in Asmara Eritrea for a dear friend of mine who passed away.

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Response to gopiscrap (Reply #102)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 12:09 PM

109. What an interesting story!

I also sang in choirs as a boy, but never in a major or traveling organization. At about the same age as you were, I was a boy soprano and was often a soloist with various choirs. I didn't think a thing of it, really, at the time. I had a clear, clean voice and perfect pitch, so someone was always having me sing. I was always happy to do that.

There was a period of about two years, later, as my voice changed that I did not sing, but then, I returned to the choir as a bass/baritone who could range up into the tenor range easily. Once again, i was singing solo parts. After high school, I developed stage fright and stopped singing solo music abruptly, although I continued choral singing for a number of years after.

Eventually, I stopped singing and focused on playing the oboe. Still, I continued singing for myself. I remember one time, during a rehearsal of Handel's Messiah, the orchestra was rehearsing the arias, but the Bass vocalist did not show up for the rehearsal. The conductor said we'd have to rehearse that piece at another time. So, I said, "I'll sing the aria." I stood up and did the "But who may abide/Refiner's Fire" aria. Nobody there had ever heard me sing before, but I knew that music from having performed it when I was younger. The director was surprised, to say the least.

I'm glad you had the opportunity to do what you did as a youngster. How wonderful!

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #109)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 01:10 PM

114. wow your story is somewhat like mine

my voice broke at the end of my time with the Vatican and I stopped doing solos for about 18 months and then started again partly because I was paid and also during funerals I got out of class.

I never did well with an instrument tho. Wish I would have taken that part of my musical education a little more seriously. When I was 19 I led a national tour of myself and six others around the US for 15 months on behalf of the three synods of the Lutheran Church. (I actually one night, delivered a baby on the side of the road in Kentucky) during that tour.

When I first came to the US my music director was Richard Proulx. If you're familiar with liturgical church music you might be familiar with his name.

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Response to gopiscrap (Reply #114)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 01:27 PM

115. I am familiar with Richard Proulx, but I stopped singing in

church choirs when I became an atheist. After that, the only vocal work I did was baroque music, and very little of that, really. I switched almost entirely to performing on the oboe, which I did as a semi-pro musician. I got paid sometimes, but not well enough to make it a career.

Now, at age 73, my vocal range has changed. I'm a basso profundo or a Russian-style Octavist these days, but don't sing except very casually. There's not much call for someone to sing growly bass. The years have taken their toll, along with not singing regularly. If you hear me now, it will be an octave below the rest at a funeral or something like that. Usually, I just remain silent and let others handle the singing. When I sing now, people tend to turn and look at me in surprise.

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Response to gopiscrap (Reply #39)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 09:53 AM

80. Wow, how cool!

That must have been a really interesting and exciting experience.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #80)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 01:36 PM

117. it was wish I would have been older tho

I would have appreciated it more.

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2018, 11:00 PM

7. Best recent performance of a Christmas song...

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Response to Sancho (Reply #7)

Wed Dec 5, 2018, 11:28 PM

13. Anything by Pentatonix - anytime. n/t

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Response to Ms. Toad (Reply #13)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 11:56 AM

103. OMg, I just love their version of Hallejuliah!

It gives me chills every time I hear it, and I always listen to it during this season. It just feels appropriate.

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2018, 11:00 PM

8. Baby, It's Cold Outside

seriously tho, I like the Peanuts one.

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Response to GreatCaesarsGhost (Reply #8)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 10:11 AM

85. THIS

It's a comedy song and the woman knows exactly what is going on in the song. The song isn't about consent it's about two people seducing one another. The context of the time when the song was written is critical to understanding the interaction between the man and the woman.

As a reverse example, imagine how a contemporary rap song would be viewed by someone in the 1940s. Accordingly, this issue and controversy is mind-numbingly foolish.

Actually, it's not even a holiday song! Nowhere in the song does it refer to Christmas.

Frank Loesser was not only a genius songwriter but a creative entertainment attorney as well. Check out this lyric from his song (written with the incredible Burton Lane) "The Lady's In Love With You" and note its incredible elegance and brevity:

AND WHEN YOUR FRIENDS ASK YOU OVER TO JOIN THEIR TABLE
BUT SHE PICKS THAT FAR AWAY BOOTH FOR TWO,
WELL, SIR, HERE'S JUST HOW IT STANDS,
YOU'VE GOT ROMANCE ON YOUR HANDS
BECAUSE THE LADY'S IN LOVE WITH YOU.

In five simple lines, Mr. Loesser painted an entire scenario.

"Baby, It's Cold Outside" isn't about date rape.

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Response to PJMcK (Reply #85)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 10:50 AM

93. Nah. It's a creepy song.

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Response to MrsCoffee (Reply #93)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 11:34 AM

99. Okay, if you feel that way

Mr. Loesser and his wife used to perform the song at parties and in night clubs and it would be received with laughter from the audience.

There have been dozens and dozens of recordings of the song and it received the Academy Award in 1949.

Times change, I guess.

To be clear, it's not one of my favorites. I just find the controversy more than a bit odd.

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2018, 11:01 PM

9. This one

 

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2018, 11:11 PM

10. The Carol of the Bells "The Scary Christmas Song"

It's so relentlessly aggro, paranoid and over the top stress inducing! It's perfect!

Merrymerrymerrymerry CHRISTMAS! Merrymerrymerrymerrymerry CHRISTMAS!



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Response to violetpastille (Reply #10)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 12:03 AM

26. I like Dan Hicks' cover of Carol of the Bells. Nothing says Christmas better than scat and yodeling

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #26)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 12:08 AM

28. That was delightful! Thank you!

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #26)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 02:42 AM

44. If they could only have been a little more relaxed!

Really liked the squirrels.

Thank you.

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Response to violetpastille (Reply #10)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 07:08 AM

56. I've always liked George Winston's version of "Carol of the Bells".

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Response to violetpastille (Reply #10)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 12:04 PM

107. Wow, I totally don't get that from the song! In fact, I love dancing to it and do it often.

Paranoid? Wow! I do agree it''s over the top, and that's why I love it so much, so full of total passiona and verve, such beautiful music.
I really don't like this version though, the talk in the background distracts greatly from the music, IMO. But then I want nothing to come between me and this amazing music.

Different strokes for different folks.

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Response to lark (Reply #107)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 12:11 PM

110. I don't want to spoil it for you!

But yes, it reminds me of the Exorcist soundtrack.

Brother Buzz posted a version above that is so adorable - I've been doing my own crooning scat version around the house.

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Response to violetpastille (Reply #110)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 12:25 PM

112. I've never watched the Exorcist!

Never. I hated scary movies, would have bad nightmares every time, so quit watching them early on. Even today, I can watch things on tv and be ok but still won't see a scary movie at the theater. Too stressful for me.

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2018, 11:16 PM

11. Little Drummer Boy

I am a percussionist, and this time of year it is almost all Nutcrackers and orchestra concert Christmas pop tunes, church gigs with maudlin, sentimental church choirs....
Sitting through what feel like 9 hours just to play the Halleluja Chorus timpani part, although the Mozart orchestration has more.. (Maybe I'll just play those parts anyway. LOL)))

Eight rehearsals and gigs in this week alone and it's only Dec .. what 5?

I am tired of them all..
I wake up to SLEIGH RIDE and go to sleep with SLEIGH RIDE.

SOMEBODY, please take it out of my head.!!!







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Response to pangaia (Reply #11)

Wed Dec 5, 2018, 11:42 PM

14. It's a living.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #14)

Wed Dec 5, 2018, 11:47 PM

16. LOLOL





Foooor the word god omneeee potennnnt raaaaiiin nith...



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Response to pangaia (Reply #16)

Wed Dec 5, 2018, 11:52 PM

19. Ah "The Messiah"

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Response to pangaia (Reply #16)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 12:01 AM

24. I love singing "Messiah" which I will be doing this weekend

(the whole damn thing except for a couple of the more obscure choruses, because the instrumentalists are all union and it's too expensive to keep them on for more than two hours) - and the most fun part is when we get to the Hallelujah Chorus the audience stands up and tries to sing along, but only until the counterpoint kicks in and then they just stand there and look confused, like somehow they forgot that it does that.

Messiah is actually a brilliant work; too bad Hallelujah is the only part people know.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #24)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 01:26 AM

40. I love it, I was just listening to it in the car today

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #24)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 10:34 AM

89. Yeah, those damn unions..


Just kidding, just kidding.



Bach choruses, known sometimes as 'trumpet and drum pieces. are actually fun for a timpanist,' as historically informed performance or HIP, comes into play. What drums (trumpets, or even winds,.. well, while we're at it- string instruments) can be used. All depending on the situation, conductor, venue, size of orch, etc....

There are several makers of baroque timpani around who make excellent reproductions.. Also, sticks?? Calf or goat heads??

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Response to pangaia (Reply #89)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 10:36 AM

90. The best thing about hiring union musicians is that you get the good ones!

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #90)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 10:47 AM

91. usually....

There is no audition to join the Musicians' Union.


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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #14)

Wed Dec 5, 2018, 11:53 PM

21. I love it...I have sung the Messiah more times

than I care to remember

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2018, 11:22 PM

12. Since I am at war with X-mas

Eight Crazy Nights



Note: I'm not really at war with Christmas. But I really do like this song.

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #12)

Wed Dec 5, 2018, 11:57 PM

23. Two Trump Supporters. The lesser, says he's iced out of Hollywood because he's Republican.

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Reply #23)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 12:49 AM

32. Stop politicizing Chanukah!

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2018, 11:45 PM

15. The Dusty Towne Holiday Special

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2018, 11:50 PM

17. Merrill



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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2018, 11:56 PM

22. O' Connor

Much more so than Burnett

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 12:01 AM

25. Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer

Just kidding. I hate Christmas music.

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 12:18 AM

30. Oh Holy Night

as sung by Luciano Pavarotti!

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Response to chillfactor (Reply #30)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 01:22 AM

37. Yes

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 12:42 AM

31. The Holly and the Ivy

I love the refrain "O the rising of the Sun and the running of the Deer" -- it has spoken to me from earliest childhood.


The holly and the ivy,
When they are both full grown
Of all the trees that are in the wood
The holly bears the crown
O the rising of the sun
And the running of the deer
The playing of the merry organ
Sweet singing of the choir

The holly bears a blossom
As white as lily flower
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
To be our sweet Saviour
O the rising of the sun
And the running of the deer
The playing of the merry organ
Sweet singing of the choir

The holly bears a berry
As red as any blood
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
To do poor sinners good
O the rising of the sun
And the running of the deer
The playing of the merry organ
Sweet singing of the choir

The holly bears a prickle
As sharp as any thorn;
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
On Christmas Day in the morn.
O the rising of the sun
And the running of the deer
The playing of the merry organ
Sweet singing of the choir

The holly bears a bark
As bitter as any gall;
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
For to redeem us all.
O the rising of the sun
And the running of the deer
The playing of the merry organ
Sweet singing of the choir

The holly and the ivy
Now both are full well grown,
Of all the trees that are in the wood,
The holly bears the crown.
O the rising of the sun
And the running of the deer
The playing of the merry organ
Sweet singing of the choir

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Response to Hekate (Reply #31)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 01:23 AM

38. I like this one also

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 01:06 AM

33. Christmas Rapping by The Waitresses

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 01:12 AM

34. aloha

https://m.



✌🏼️

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 01:19 AM

35. other

This is the soundtrack of my nightmares.

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 01:22 AM

36. Mine is "And so This is Christmas/War is Over"

by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, in 1971.

"And so this is Christmas
And what have you done
Another year older
And a new one just begun.
And so this is Christmas
I hope you have fun
The near and the dear one
The old and the young.

A very merry Christmas
And a happy new year.
Let's hope it's a good one
Without any fear.

And so this is Christmas
For weak and for strong
For rich and for poor ones
The world is so wrong.
And so happy Christmas
For Black and for white
For yellow and red ones
Let's stop all the fight.

A very merry Christmas
And a happy new year.
Let's hope it's a good one
Without any fear."

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Response to Haggis for Breakfast (Reply #36)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 09:16 AM

69. +1 n/t

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 01:26 AM

41. Christmas Time is Here from A Charlie Brown Christmas nt

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Thu Dec 6, 2018, 02:19 AM

42. Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming




O Come, O Come Emmanuel




O Holy Night!



(Resist the compulsion to sing along with this one.
You might break something.)

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Thu Dec 6, 2018, 02:31 AM

43. "Some Children See Him"

Quite possibly the sweetest of Alfred Burt's carols.

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Thu Dec 6, 2018, 07:59 AM

61. I love James Taylor's voice so much -- I never heard this carol. So beautiful. nt

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Thu Dec 6, 2018, 02:44 AM

45. Two rather diverse ones in a tie for me

Fairy Tale of New York by the Pogues:


and: I Ain't Gettin' Nuttin' For Christmas by Stan Freeberg

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Thu Dec 6, 2018, 03:33 AM

46. All I Want for Christmas is You.. nt

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Response to Raine (Reply #46)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 09:28 AM

72. Me too! Ever hear the vince valiant version? Wow!

I also like father christmas by the kinks and the twelve pains of christmas by bob rivers. The true spirit of acquisition.

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Thu Dec 6, 2018, 03:39 AM

47. Carol of the Bells

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Thu Dec 6, 2018, 04:57 AM

48. I have 3...

Paul McCartney's version of "simply having a wonderful christmastime" (i don't know the actual name of it)

Run Dmc's "Christmas in Hollis"

"Christmas Wrapping" (or rapping?) by The Waitresses.

Have them on repeat throughout the season.

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Thu Dec 6, 2018, 05:03 AM

49. A couple I love...

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Thu Dec 6, 2018, 06:28 AM

50. Carol of the Bells, Silver Bells, Felice Navidad

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Thu Dec 6, 2018, 06:31 AM

51. Hark the Harold Angels sing

Do you Hear What I hear.
I cant stand jazzed up Christmas music.

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Thu Dec 6, 2018, 06:35 AM

52. Christmas baby please come home

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Response to Sedona (Reply #52)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 09:26 PM

118. This is also the title of a christmas song by Charles Brown.

"Please Come Home for Christmas." Don Henley did a cover version of it too, but he didn't change a thing as the song is just perfect as it is.

I don't know how to post songs/videos to DU, but you can google either one of them. VERY blues-y.

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Thu Dec 6, 2018, 06:42 AM

53. i have never even heard of holly and ivy :(

...but I like greensleeves.. and little drummer boy

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Thu Dec 6, 2018, 07:11 AM

57. Do they know its Christmas

Live Aid

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Thu Dec 6, 2018, 07:34 AM

58. Up on the rooftop. nt

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Thu Dec 6, 2018, 07:57 AM

59. Carol of the Bells

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Thu Dec 6, 2018, 07:57 AM

60. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Love the minor key.

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Thu Dec 6, 2018, 08:01 AM

62. My two favs are: Good King Wenceslas and Jolly Old Saint Nicholas



Not the best version, but still a fav.

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Thu Dec 6, 2018, 08:08 AM

63. well, definitely George C. Scott, but of course...

Oh, was that not what you were asking about?

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 08:10 AM

64. Here's a cool version of Carol of the Bells

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Thu Dec 6, 2018, 08:28 AM

65. Jackson Browne's The Rebel Jesus--not a carol

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Thu Dec 6, 2018, 09:12 AM

67. Joy to the World!

I may be the only atheist on the planet Earth that LOVES Christmas carols, but I do, and this is a long favorite! But I love them all.

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Response to Greybnk48 (Reply #67)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 09:59 AM

82. Me, too! "Joy to the World" has always been my favorite. It's so happy and upbeat.

I love this version:


And the music is by G. F. Handel!

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Response to Glorfindel (Reply #82)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 10:01 AM

83. Love that version! Thanks!

And it affects me the same way!

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 09:15 AM

68. Even as an atheist, I've always liked 'Silent Night'.

It's such a simple and calming melody and it takes me back to when I was a little boy in a more simple time.

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Thu Dec 6, 2018, 09:18 AM

70. 12 Days of Christmas...

But this version:

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Thu Dec 6, 2018, 09:19 AM

71. Coventry Carol

Either that or the Singing Dogs version of Jingle Bells.



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Thu Dec 6, 2018, 09:30 AM

73. OK, it's not a Carol, BUT: The Kinks - Father Christmas

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Response to Tom Rinaldo (Reply #73)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 01:31 PM

116. +1

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Thu Dec 6, 2018, 09:35 AM

74. None

I HATE holiday music period. Too many years in retail have ruined it for me.

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 09:41 AM

75. Britney Spears - My Only Wish (This Year)

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Thu Dec 6, 2018, 09:44 AM

76. "Here Comes Santa Claus!"

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Thu Dec 6, 2018, 09:44 AM

77. This one, of course...

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Thu Dec 6, 2018, 09:51 AM

79. this one gets to me

Ave Maria.

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Thu Dec 6, 2018, 09:58 AM

81. Blue Christmas, Leon Redbone version

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Thu Dec 6, 2018, 10:11 AM

84. Joan Baez, Cantique de Noel

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Thu Dec 6, 2018, 10:16 AM

86. "God Bless Ye Merry Gentlemen"

 

Reminds me of "A Christmas Carol" and I love that story.

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Response to Adrahil (Reply #86)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 11:15 AM

97. My favorite as well for much the same reason.

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Thu Dec 6, 2018, 10:21 AM

87. Once In Royal David's City

"Since 1919, the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at the King's College Chapel Cambridge has begun its Christmas Eve service, with Dr Arthur Henry Mann's arrangement of "Once in Royal David's City" as the Processional hymn.[1] Mann was organist at King's between 1876 and 1929.[2] In his arrangement, the first verse is sung by a boy chorister of the Choir of King's Chapel as a solo. The second verse is sung by the choir, and the congregation joins in the third verse." (Wikipedia)

The lone boy singing the first verse always sounds so haunting and lovely. We used to always listen to the Nine Lessons and Carols on the shortwave (!) on BBC, now it's easy to get online, at what is a fairly convenient time in the US.

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Response to Cairycat (Reply #87)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 11:58 AM

104. I loved that also

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Thu Dec 6, 2018, 10:25 AM

88. "I've Got Some Presents for Santa" n/t

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Thu Dec 6, 2018, 10:50 AM

92. "We Need A Little Christmas" and




and "Christmas Dream"




It changes several times through the season

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Thu Dec 6, 2018, 10:51 AM

94. OTHER: I keep changing my mind! I can't choose just one!

Please Come Home for Christmas
White Christmas
Have a Holly Jolly Christmas
Walking in A Winter Wonderland
The Little Drummer Boy

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Thu Dec 6, 2018, 10:58 AM

95. We Three Kings

 

It is not necessarily my favorite but I’ve heard it played in a couple of church settings and it blew me away. By far my favorite when played and sang in a certain manner.

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Thu Dec 6, 2018, 11:25 AM

98. Have a Holly Jolly Christmas

by Burl Ives

The song from the Rudolph tv special is the best recording IMO

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Thu Dec 6, 2018, 11:40 AM

100. "Winter Wonderland".

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Thu Dec 6, 2018, 11:52 AM

101. Chorale of the Bells!

OMG, I love love love this song, so beautiful so passionate. It always brings tears of joy to my eyes the first time I hear it. each year. It's my favorite - by a country mile.

I just really love Christmas songs. Other faves are:

Santa Baby - Eartha Kitt and Taylor Swift versions
Baby, All I Want for Christmas is You - Moira
Joy to the World - my favorite classic, so joyful & full of energy (even though I'm not a believer)
Mamma's Red Shoes (don't know real title) but this one makes me cry since mom died

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Thu Dec 6, 2018, 12:02 PM

105. Brenda Lee Papa Noel



way way way back, i used to make Christmas tapes for gifts, and I would always start with this one.

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Thu Dec 6, 2018, 12:03 PM

106. Technically, "O Holy Night" is not a Xmas carol

The composer called it “Cantique de Noël,” which translates as “Christmas Song (or Hymn).”

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Thu Dec 6, 2018, 12:05 PM

108. The Wexford Carol

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Thu Dec 6, 2018, 12:15 PM

111. The Little Drummer Boy and Rudolf the Rednosed Reindeer.

I always tear up when I hear those.

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Thu Dec 6, 2018, 12:37 PM

113. The Cherry Tree Carol









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