Still looking for a good contralto version of this on YouTube. Feel free to make suggestions for your preferred version.
Also, if anyone taking Adorable Christmas Morning photos of their babies sends a .jpeg to AnneLaurie at Verizon.net (or click on my name near the top of the right-hand column), we can all share the warm fuzzies later this evening / Boxing Day…
A rather curious Christmas event:
A church in Belgium collapses a few hours after midnight mass. No injuries as no one was inside at 4 AM local time.
A few pictures here. The devestation is more or less complete.
My personal Christmas tradition is the reposting of Santa’s Magic Sack.
Here’s my preferred version by Mahalia Jackson. No idea how familiar everyone is with her version, but Youtube play counter is shamefully low.
@Calouste: Holy . . . Everything!! What an amazinng event. The photo (secnd one, I think) with the lone star glowing so brightly is especially strange and poignant, whatever one’s beliefs or lack tthereof. I mean, the iconography just screams “Christmas Miracle,” doesn’t it?
My favorite version of O Holy Night is the one performed by Eric Cartman on Mr. Hankey’s Christmas classics. Especially the part where he forgets the words halfway through and substitutes “Jesus was born and so I get presents/Thank you Jesus for being born”. Closest the little bastard has ever come to using manners, I believe.
Merry Xmas from snowy Appomattox, where the nation sort of reunited. . .if you know what I’m sayin. Last night the methodist preacher explained that “education was no solution to the problems of the world. “The prisons are full of educated people.” Nice huh?
The think-tanks are full of educated people who belong in prison.
Nancy Darling- Graham
My favorite would naturally be my daughter’s version which she did for me a couple of years ago.
The rain has stopped here in SoCal, and its going to be one of those clear days where you can see forever!
I am most grateful, this Christmas, for health care reform (at least a start on it) as it meant that my daughters insurance could not cancel her after she had the right hip surgery last April. The left side was done on Dec. 15, and all is going well. She will be on crutches for 2 months and then should be good as new.
John Denver from the album Christmas in Concert. Earlier that morning he appeared on the Today show and that clip is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCXxp6gfiGo . It’s nice to watch the audience watch the performance, and the note that he hits at the 1:47 mark will bring a chill to your spine and tears to your eyes.
@Joey Maloney: there it is
The playing of “Silent Night” during Christmas Season gives me the added thrill of actually being descended, sort of, from someone who accomplished something historically worthwhile. The lyrics were written (originally in German) by my great-great (great?) Uncle Joseph Mohr.
Alas, the musical composition genes bypassed me.
And ok, I know – if he’s my uncle, even my “blood” uncle (which he is)…then technically, I’m not “descended” from him, unless there was something going on between him and great-great-great grandma and unk that great-great-great grandpa didn’t know about.
O Holy Night; bad memories. At Xmas services the old worn out soprano who had seniority in the choir got to sing it solo. Nothing will curdle a hot buttered rum faster than listening to that.
While looking for a contralto version on youtube (and not finding any good ones), I did come across this:
Contralto Karen Clark singing Hildegard von Bingen, one of the great medieval mystics. Quite beautiful and strange.
Merry Christmas, all you celebrators, and a lovely day filled with good things to the rest a yuz.
I have no adorable photos of my dog to share this morning, as she ate 10 ounces of Christmas chocolate in the middle of the night, and promptly threw it all right back up. Grrrrr.
Here’s Anne Murray giving it a go in my octave range.
Is it too early to start Mimosas? I hav’nt had breakfast yet and just put a turkey in the oven.
And the John Denver acoustic version was tres nice.
O Holy Night? Why, yes, I think I shall.
@passerby: That’s a good version (in my range, too). I may have to add it to my list of faves.
Comrade Colette Collaboratrice
My all-time favorite carol – here’s my favorite version.
Not a Christmas song, but it’s sort of Jesus-y. And damn the little girl can belt that shit out.
Here’s an interesting version of the Hallelujah Chorus…
My favorite is a rendition of “Silent Night” by Joe Satriani from the album “Merry Axemas” which has a number of awesome awesome songs. The other two I like from that album is “Jingle Bells” by the Brian Seltzer Band, and “Little Drummer Boy” by Alex Lifeson.
Just awesome, and refreshingly different from the big band and lounge versions that are popular this time of year.