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Offline John Albert

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Christmas music
« on: December 02, 2017, 03:34:41 AM »
Time to get festive. Post your favorite Christmas music.


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Re: Christmas music
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2017, 11:53:57 AM »
I am a hard atheist. However, I love the standard religious Christmas carols. I also love early church music. ("Early" defined as prior to the death of Mozart.) The Bach B Minor Mass is one of the greatest of all works of music.

I hate, detest, and despise secular Christmas music. Songs about reindeer and snowmen make me want to barf!

THE pinnacle of Christmas music:



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Re: Christmas music
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2017, 02:43:45 PM »
Murphy's Law: Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.
Morvis' Law: Anything that does go wrong is my fault.

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Re: Christmas music
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2017, 02:53:54 PM »
You can't beat John Denver and the Muppets and "Peace Carol." (although the sync is bad):


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Re: Christmas music
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2017, 03:00:14 PM »
Although this is my favorite, "Anti-Carol" by John Pole, sung by Frankie Armstrong, about real homelessness at Christmas:



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It weren't no picnic
It weren't no picture post card
It was cold as 'taters in the mould
When the couple come lookin' for a room
Cold shouldered they were when the landlords looked at her
And saw the baby in her womb
Cold comfort they got
Was there a room? There was not
The town was crowded for a start
And it was cold, cold, cold, cold
Cold as a beggar boy's heart

It could have been in Jo'burg, Detroit. Chittagong, Calcutta
So long since it happened
I'm wrong! It happened yesterday
It happens now more and more...
Then somebody said he could lend them a shed
Crashing down on the floor
Just concrete and iron and a blanket to lie on
They'd been walkin' all day
And their home was such a long, long, long, long,
Long way away

They never heard no angels
Just the big police siren
When the light come fumblin' through the night
Her waters broke. The kid begun to come
"Is there a doctor?" "No fear,
Only poor people here
What would you pay him with, chum?"
There war ice on the door.
She sweated; he swore
He saw the head of his child
And then together him and her
Helped it into the world

There weren't no cattle watching
Just a rat and twenty cockroach
The kid cried. His dad soon had him washed and dried
When his mother woke she give him breast
He shared his parents' love
And he was heir to their poverty
It war all they possessed
And then the rumors got 'round
There were soldiers in town
With orders "Search and Destroy"
They didn't want to get wasted
They left town a bit hasty
The man, his wife and their boy, boy, boy, boy,
Young wife and new baby boy

He was theirs they made him
Out of love, hope, and suff'ring
God's son? Or just another one!
More like millions born to slave, starve, and die
Oh p'raps when he grows and sees how the world goes
He'll help to change it by and by
Let's hope the soldiers don't hang this new son of man
Like they done one before ...
Will he bring peace or a gun?
When his kingdom does come
It'll belong to the poor, poor, poor, poor.
The homeless and poor
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Re: Christmas music
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Re: Christmas music
« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2017, 11:28:19 PM »
Spem in Alium (composed by Thomas Tallis).
I have it on a mix I made of Christmas music.
Now I see 2 things:
1: the lyrics are from Old Testament--so it has zero to do with the Nativity or Christmas.
2: apparently it became popular in recent years due to being included in 50 Shades of Grey.

Still, it is worth a listen.


Nöel Nouvelet Barry and Beth Hall

Walking in the Air Peter Auty

Can Wassel (Wassail Song) and I saw three Ships Anonymous 4

Ding Dong Merrily on High

Deck the Halls -The Roches (normally the song is meh, but the Roches' vocal arrangement is awesome
Their Here we Come a Caroling is also great.

Guillaume, Prends Ton Tambourin the Christmas Revels

Hooray for Santy Claus Milton Delugg

Must Be Santa Bob Dylan

Skating Vince Guaraldi Trio

Not necessarily Christmas music, but it works:

Troika  Prokofiev from the Lieutenant Kijé Suite

My Favorite Things John Coltrane


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Re: Christmas music
« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2017, 09:40:37 AM »
Spem in Alium (composed by Thomas Tallis).
[...] the lyrics are from Old Testament--so it has zero to do with the Nativity or Christmas. ...

Lovely! Thanks for posting.
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Re: Christmas music
« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2017, 09:50:06 AM »
Spem in Alium (composed by Thomas Tallis).
[...] the lyrics are from Old Testament--so it has zero to do with the Nativity or Christmas. ...

Lovely! Thanks for posting.

Yeah, that's a good one.

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Re: Christmas music
« Reply #9 on: December 15, 2017, 12:19:50 AM »
You can't beat the Classics

"(I want a) Rockin' Christmas" by Ol' 55


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Re: Christmas music
« Reply #10 on: December 15, 2017, 01:11:19 AM »
This is a beautiful rendition, and quite funny (intentionally).

If you've ever been to New Jersey, New York or, especially, Long Island, you'll know what I mean!






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Re: Christmas music
« Reply #11 on: December 15, 2017, 01:27:07 AM »
and of course. A Christmas song by a well known Aussie Skeptic/musician

"White Wine In The Sun" by Tim Minchin


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Re: Christmas music
« Reply #12 on: December 15, 2017, 11:10:01 AM »
Every year for many years the Cincinnati band Over the Rhine would put on a Christmas show, bringing in interesting new material every year. Two collections of these are on Spotify, including 2007's "Snow Angels" and their first, 1996's "The Darkest Night of the Year." The clip below is the wonderful Karen Bergquist singing "All I Ever Get for Christmas is Blue."


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Re: Christmas music
« Reply #13 on: December 15, 2017, 03:35:02 PM »
This is a beautiful rendition, and quite funny (intentionally).

If you've ever been to New Jersey, New York or, especially, Long Island, you'll know what I mean!






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Re: Christmas music
« Reply #14 on: December 15, 2017, 04:59:37 PM »
Every year for many years the Cincinnati band Over the Rhine would put on a Christmas show, bringing in interesting new material every year. Two collections of these are on Spotify, including 2007's "Snow Angels" and their first, 1996's "The Darkest Night of the Year." The clip below is the wonderful Karen Bergquist singing "All I Ever Get for Christmas is Blue."




That's a lovely song, but hardly in the spirit of Christmas. Now this one is in the proper spirit:


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