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Seven Christmas Songs I Love (Plus 2) - Part 1 - trinalin thinks things through — LiveJournal
Seven Christmas Songs I Love (Plus 2) - Part 1
I loved gregmce's recent series of posts about the Seven Christmas Songs that he loves. So I started compiling a list in my own head to see if I could do as well as he did - could I slim down my 1400+ collection of Christmas songs to seven? Well, no, I couldn't. But I got it down to nine! I was impressed - I figured I'd have at least 12.

My other big issue is that the music that I love is, well, not always what others love. So finding examples on YouTube like he did - not so much luck. But I'll do my best.

The first song I picked to focus on illustrates my love for the King's College Choir. I suspect that my love of boys' choirs and the like is due to seeing The Box of Delights and a PBS special on the King's College Choir on Christmas Eve at an impressionable age. I wore out my dad's audio tape of Christmas Eve at Kings (but not before ripping the songs from it that I can't find anywhere else!) My last.fm Christmas account shows King's College Choir as my most played group, which is partly due to my owning so many of their Christmas albums.

My favorite piece that they do (and I have several favorites) is "Remember O Thou Man." Of course, YouTube doesn't have that, nor does Last.fm. (Indeed, it's one of the songs I "rescued" from the Christmas Eve at Kings album.) But I found a nice, rather upbeat, version on YouTube if you've not heard the tune before.

In addition to "Remember O Thou Man," I recommend the King's College Choir doing "Alleluya" and "The Sans Day Carol." I'll talk more about "The Sans Day Carol" in another post.

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hergrace From: hergrace Date: December 16th, 2011 09:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nice rendition! Our choir tends to sing it slower (though I don't think we've sung it in quite a few years.) You can't go wrong with King's College Choir. We were fortunate enough to hear them sing Evensong once.

I can't wait to see your whole list - I have a feeling our favorite Christmas songs are very similar.
trinalin From: trinalin Date: December 17th, 2011 01:03 am (UTC) (Link)
King's College's version is also much slower. But that YouTube one was pretty nifty.

I'm jealous of the Evensong visit. :-)

I'm curious who your defining musician/group for your childhood Christmases is. Julie for me, Johnny for Judi... Who for Steph?
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