Christmas carols

Christmas carols December 28, 2012

Look now for glad and golden hours …

Angels We Have Heard on High,” Sixpence None the Richer
Away in a Manger,” Mindy Smith

The First Noel,” Sarah McLachlan
Go Tell It on the Mountain,” Oh Susanna
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” Pedro the Lion
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear,” Sam Phillips
Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming,” Feist
O Holy Night,” Avril Lavigne & Chantal Kreviazuk
O Little Town of Bethlehem,” Belle & Sebastian
Silent Night,” Evan Dando

Now that the mall has stopped playing them, the church can start singing them.

These aren’t the only 10 Christmas carols in my collection. Or the best 10. But these are 10 good ones for which I could find YouTube links.

The Sam Phillips’ version of “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” comes from the 1992 movie A Midnight Clear, based on the William Wharton book, and I recommend all three if you like things in a melancholy minor key.

I usually do, which is why “O Little Town of Bethelehem” is one of my favorite carols, but the rendition of it linked above, by Belle & Sebastian, is a departure from that, sounding more like something to be played in a ballroom on New Year’s Eve than at a midnight service the week before. But I maintain the melancholy/upbeat balance in the list above by also including David Bazan’s “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.”

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