‘Don Oíche Úd i mBeithil’ (That night in Bethlehem)

“Don Oíche Úd i mBeithil” (That night in Bethlehem) performed by Altan. HT Richard Hall.   [Read more...]

La Betleem Colo-n Jos

Another hauntingly beautiful Romanian Christmas carol, performed by the Bucharest Madrigal Choir. [Read more...]

Trei Crai

A Romanian Christmas carol, “Three Kings,” performed by the Bucharest Madrigal Choir. [Read more...]

Every Star Shall Sing a Carol

This Christmas song by Sydney Carter is one of very few that incorporates a wider universe and the possibility of extraterrestrial life. There are a few recordings and the lyrics with melody floating around online, but it is still not as well known as it ought to be.   [Read more...]

Spectacular Violin Christmas Carols

Here’s “What Child Is This” performed by Lindsey Stirling: And here’s “Sussex Carol” performed by the Annie Moses Band: That last video comes with a hat tip to John Gardner, whose post about sappy Christmas songs appeared around the same time as Aaron Belz’s on the necessity of sad Christmas songs. [Read more...]

Have an Intelligently-Designed Creationmas

Here’s a spoof version of a classic Christmas carol that I wrote some years ago, sarcastically and satirically highlighting what happens when fundamentalists shift the focus of their Christianity from God and Jesus onto other matters such as the age of the earth: We wish you a Merry Creationmas We wish you a Merry Creationmas [Read More...]

Astăzi vin să-mi plec genunchii

Another favorite Romanian Christmas carol, this one written by Nicolae Moldoveanu.   [Read more...]

The Chelsea Carol (Eric Whitacre)

Via Eric Whitacre’s blog, where he mentioned details about the forthcoming publication of “The Chelsea Carol,” I also found the video above with a preview of the work. Enjoy! [Read more...]

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

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Good King Wenceslas (Alex De Pue Arrangement)

Anyone who has gone to this year’s Yuletide Celebration at the Hilbert Circle Theater in Indianapolis will have heard this arrangement of the classic carol by Alex De Pue, not with hammered dulcimer, but rather orchestrated for and performed by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra with the violin solo part played by Alex’s brother, the ISO [Read More...]

Almost Silent Night

This is another video of me playing Christmas music – it is my own jazz arrangement of “Silent Night.” It is as rusty as “Christmas Time Is Here” is, not having been worked on since last year. So this is another “before” video – hopefully the “after” video will not only be more polished, but [Read More...]


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