Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Nine carols without the lessons

This has got bugger all to do with the everyday or the banal, but it’s my blog and I can do what I like, so here in no particular order are my favourite Christmas songs/carols:

1. The loveliest Hollywood Christmas song ever:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5g4lY8Y3eoo

2. John Rutter’s Shepherd’s Pipe Carol:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EhVWGHDM9c

3. We used to sing this Calypso Carol in primary school:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7Yukt2LiI8

4. This one’s a no-brainer, obviously:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCr30OVMjHA

5. Kate Rusby with her South Yorkshire variant on a well-known carol:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETe6jOt6BnI

6. Peter Cornelius’s Three Kings, always performed in carols from Kings on Christmas Eve:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2dNKv48WJQ

7. A new one from Thea Gilmore:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qQAE794uvo

8. Victor Hely-Hutchinson’s Carol Symphony, fondly remembered from the BBC children’s series The Box of Delights:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nzQePaJBJI

9. And (no sniggering at the back please) Christmas Day by Dido:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMFzQhR9dJw

3 comments:

  1. Joe, have you read David Thomson's Beneath Mulholland - in particular the essay on "films in which nothing happens", which particularly focuses on 'Meet Me In St Louis'? Especially germane to the Moran Project, I think!

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  2. Thanks for the tip, ST. I didn't know about that. Andrew Klevan also did a very good book about films in which nothing happens - can't remember what it's called.

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  3. The Grimethorpe Colliery Band have their moments too. Loved the list. God bless us everyone.

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