Day 2: 12 Days of Christmas Music 2012

Today’s song is “A’ Soalin” by Peter, Paul & Mary. The song comes from the tradition of begging for soul cakes door to door on All Hallows’ Eve and All Saints Day. Each cake eaten represented a soul being freed from Purgatory on or All Souls Day (now observed on Nov. 2). “Soalin” is considered the origin of trick-or-treating. I wish I had known that the more candy I got, the more souls out of Purgatory. I could have used that as a bargaining point with my mom to go longer.

But how come we’re talking about Halloween for a Christmas song? Well, as noted in an unusually astute YouTube comment, “the song has parts of The Wassail Song, Christmas is Coming (The Goose is Getting Fat) and God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen.” Hope you love it!

Day 1: 12 Days of Christmas Music 2012

I try to do the 12 Days of Christmas most years, and this year I decided to post a favorite song each day for the 12 Days of Christmas music. (It is very difficult to choose only 12.) The selections will be varied—some more familiar, some less so. You’re a varied bunch yourselves. I realize some of you are traditionalists and some of you are all about the funsies. If you pull more to one end of the spectrum, you’ll like some days better than others, but the music educator in me encourages you to sample all of them with an open mind, curious ears, and a generous heart.

Enjoy!
To kick things off, we have a real winner: “A Musicological Journey through Christmas” by Craig Courtney. It’s the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” with each day represented by a different musical style/composition (the picture of Brahms should be of Mozart), and it’s a hoot. This performance is by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

 

The 12 Days of Christmas Music in 2012: 1st day

Good tidings!

I try to do the 12 Days of Christmas most years, and this year I decided to post a favorite song each day for the 12 Days of Christmas music. (It is very difficult to choose only 12.)

The selections will be varied — some more familiar, some less so, but the music educator in me encourages you to sample all of them with an open mind, curious ears, and a generous heart.
To kick things off, we have a real winner: A Musicological Journey through Christmas by Craig Courtney. It’s the song, “The 12 Days of Christmas,” with each day represented by a different musical style/composition (the picture of Brahms should be of Mozart), and it’s a hoot. This performance is by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Enjoy!