Merry Christmas: O Holy Night and some thoughts about Christmas

Merry Christmas! O Holy Night is my favorite Christmas carol, the first one we sang at our Christmas Eve Service in Glendon last night. Due to spending time with my family, I haven't done the research like I did the previous 11 days on my musical countdown to Christmas. However, I did find a … [Read more...]

Musical Countdown to Christmas: Do You Hear What I Hear by Noel Regney & Gloria Shayne

It's Christmas Eve! As you make last minute preparations, take time to still your heart and mind. Read the Christmas story from Luke 2 and listen to your favourite Christmas carols. Enjoy this second to last musical countdown to Christmas. Who were Noel Regney and Gloria Shayne? Noel Regney was … [Read more...]

Musical Countdown to Christmas: I Wonder and I Wander by John Jacob Niles

  Welcome to Day 10 of my musical countdown to Christmas. Remember to enter a comment for your chance to receive my gift of the day. Who was John Jacob Niles? Born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1892 Learned music theory from his mother and began writing music as a teenager Served in … [Read more...]

Musical Countdown to Christmas: Hallelujah Chorus by George Frideric Handel

Welcome to Day 9 in my musical countdown to Christmas. Only three more days until we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ! Who was George Frideric Handel? Born February 23, 1685 in Halle, Germany, the son of a barber/surgeon Wanted to take music lessons; Was opposed by his father, but … [Read more...]

Musical Countdown to Christmas – The Birthday of a King by William H. Neidlinger

Welcome to Day 6 of my Musical Countdown to Christmas. I hope you're enjoying this series as much as I am. Today we take a look at The Birthday of a King by William H. Neidlinger. Who was William H. Neidlinger? Born in 1863 Studied in Brooklyn, London, and Paris A Composer of two operas, a … [Read more...]

Musical Countdown to Christmas: Joy to the World by Isaac Watts

Welcome to my musical countdown to Christmas, Day 5. You may also want to read about the carols and composers from Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, and Day 4. Don't forget to leave a comment for an opportunity to win my gift of the day. Who was Isaac Watts? Born on July 17, 1674 in Southampton, … [Read more...]

Musical Countdown to Christmas: Silent Night by Joseph Mohr

Welcome to my musical countdown to Christmas for 2014! In these posts I will share some "behind the scenes" information about the Christmas Carol and composer for the day, as well as a link to a performance of the song. Enjoy! Who was Joseph Mohr? Born in Salzburg on December 11, 1792 His … [Read more...]

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