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Christmas Is Coming

We are well into Advent, the four weeks before Christmas in which believers prepare for the holiday.  To help you begin to get into the spirit of the season, here is a link to a YouTube performance of “The Little Drummer Boy” by Sean Quigley.  (h/t: Small Dead Animals, a blog from the Great White North.) Readers are invited to send their own Christmas suggestions and over the twelve days of Christmas, Via Meadia will be reposting our now traditional Yule Blog.

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  • Corlyss

    Rutter’s What Sweeter Music

    Holst’s In the Bleak Midwinter

    Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus The original is still the best

  • Toni

    Bing & Bowie, 1977, with a twist on “The Little Drummer Boy”

    Michael Crawford, “O Holy Night”

    Alas, Michael Crawford’s magnificent version of “Mary, Did You Know?” isn’t available free.

  • Xpat

    Mariah does O Holy Night–I really do think this is the best rendition:

  • Gary L

    A Very Harry Christmas – Christmas Carols rewritten for Harry Potter

  • Jim.

    Handel’s “Joy to the World”
    Mendelsohn’s “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing”
    Henry Tudor’s “What Child Is This?”
    (Ralph Vaughn Williams’ fantasia on that theme is a favorite)

    Some of the most beautiful music ever written, by the best composers who ever lived, has been written (or rewritten) as a commemoration of Christ’s birth. These have been handed down through the generations, remembered even when their composers (and indeed, their original purpose and words) were forgotten.

    If Via Meadia is to help keep this culture in touch with its past, and with its roots, it could do far better than hawking a scrap of endlessly retreaded Boomer nostalgia like Little Drummer Boy. (The guy at xkcd once again nailed something important here… )

    The West has centuries years of precious intellectual and creative power, from the plainsong of “Of the Father’s Love Begotten”, and “Oh Come, Oh Come, Emmanuel”, through the Renaissance “Good Christian Men Rejoice”, and the reformation “Lo, How a Rose is Growing”, all the way through later American contributions like “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” and “Oh Little Town of Bethlehem”.

    Let’s draw on that, instead of just one or two decades of the last 60 years, shall we?

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