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Christmas Music

Postby KrazyerKate » Thu Nov 19, 2009 12:51 am UTC

It's that time of year again, and this time 'round I've been given the opportunity to play some christmas music at one of the largest (christian) churches in my state. I refuse to play the classics (you can only hear O Holy Night so many ways), but I'm finding that there's a reason everyone plays the same fifteen christmas songs every year: nobody writes good christmas music.
So I'm asking you for any interesting christmas tunes. they don't have to be good, they just have to be something we haven't heard on the radio every year since we were little. I'd like to keep this to Christian christmas music if at all possible, since I can't really sing a song about santa's elves at a church service.

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Re: Christmas Music

Postby Skythe » Thu Nov 19, 2009 1:16 am UTC

You can't go wrong with:
The Night Santa Went Crazy-Weird Al
and
I Want an Alien for Christmas-Fountains of Wayne

Or that song where are you christmas from the Grinch who stole christmas
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Re: Christmas Music

Postby scrt_rbt_agnt » Thu Nov 19, 2009 1:26 am UTC

jason anderson - christmas

not necessarily christian, but the lyrics could be taken as such.

http://www.last.fm/music/Jason+Anderson/_/Christmas

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Re: Christmas Music

Postby Smiling Hobo » Thu Nov 19, 2009 1:32 am UTC

You need vocal music? Aw, shucks...Bela Bartok transcribed a series of Romanian Christmas tunes for the piano that I'm sure would be awesome if you were playing the piano. Meh.

Alternatively, if you have the option of singing with a few others, I'd definitely recommend The Lamb by John Taverner. It's not really a Christmas song, but it's got the whole God-is-awesome theme going on, and in any case it's a freakin' incredible composition. It's composed for SATB, but the Alto/Bass and Soprano/Tenor parts are the same, just in different octaves, so it could work as even a duet (though a quartet would probably be better...). And it's not as difficult to sing as you'd think it would be with all the crazy dissonance going on.

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Re: Christmas Music

Postby KrazyerKate » Thu Nov 19, 2009 1:56 am UTC

I can find plenty of christian music, and I can find plenty of christmas music. I can't seem to find any overlap.

Since The Lamb doesn't have to do with christmas I can't really use it on this occasion. However, it's been a while since I listened to choral music and I really liked the piece.

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Re: Christmas Music

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Re: Christmas Music

Postby Ivora » Fri Nov 20, 2009 1:06 am UTC

X-MAS MUSIC ALL YEAR ROUND BABY! 8)

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Re: Christmas Music

Postby Senefen » Fri Nov 20, 2009 1:25 am UTC

Comedy ones:
A Christmas Carol by Tom lehrer.
Fabian by Tripod

Some more (relatively) recent ones to look up:
Merry Christmas (The War is Over)
My only wish this year - forgive me but this one is Britney Spears
All I Want For Christmas Is You
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Re: Christmas Music

Postby Phill » Fri Nov 20, 2009 2:03 pm UTC

There are a few good modern Christmassy Christian style songs.

'From the Squalor of a Borrowed Stable' - Stuart Townend
'Joy Has Dawned' - Stuart Townend / Keith Getty
'Oh what a mystery I see' - Graham Kendrick
'Tonight (Glory to God)' - Graham Kendrick

Also, found this CD, which looks interesting although I can't vouch for it, and a PDF sheet music Songbook from a Graham Kendrick Christmas production a couple of years ago (it has the latter two songs in it).

Hope this helps! Will try and think of any others we've done (we usually form an amateur choir at my church and do one or two songs just for Christmas, don't really know why but still).

Oh: 'Long ago Prophets Knew' is a good advent him, I loved the tune we sang it to but a cursory search can't find it anywhere so not sure whether that's the usual version or not.

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Re: Christmas Music

Postby LittleBigSpoon » Sat Dec 05, 2009 4:39 pm UTC

The select choir I'm in sings so many Christmas songs it's unhealthy. Like, I did not know of the existence of half of these songs before this November.

At least we sing it better than most of the other choirs.

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Re: Christmas Music

Postby GrantSolar » Sun Dec 20, 2009 11:09 pm UTC

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Re: Christmas Music

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Re: Christmas Music

Postby AJR » Wed Dec 23, 2009 12:42 am UTC

I'm not sure whether you could use it in a church service, but I like While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks to its original tune, Cranbrook (best known now for this silly song.) When I've done this singing carols to raise money for charity, I've had to resist the very strong urge to add in the "extra" lines from On Ilkley Moor - this would result in adding "without thy trousers on" after "an angel of the Lord came down", which might been seen as slightly inappropriate :mrgreen:

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Re: Christmas Music

Postby podbaydoor » Wed Dec 23, 2009 8:56 pm UTC

Do they all have to be English/Eurocentric?
http://tasbeha.org/mp3/Hymns/Major_Feas ... ivity.html
http://tasbeha.org/mp3/Songs/Arabic/Chr ... Songs.html

Edit: All their media seems to be broken. Let me google around a bit.
Edit2: Well, it appears you have to register on their site to download and I don't really feel like downloading RealPlayer to stream. Pity, I remember enjoying their stuff a lot the last time I stumbled on the site. Investigate as you will.

Here's an Arabic Christmas song I found on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvjiVam2HO4'
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Re: Christmas Music

Postby KrazyerKate » Thu Dec 24, 2009 2:20 pm UTC

well, it's too late to use any of those suggestions, but this forum needs a thread for christmas music anyway. Here are some of the songs that we decided on:

One King
Winter Snow
I Celebrate The Day
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings

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Re: Christmas Music

Postby JCM » Thu Dec 24, 2009 10:56 pm UTC

You want a Christian-related currently obscure Christmas song?

Be careful what you wish for.

This, though not Christian related, is on its way, too.

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Re: Christmas Music

Postby KrazyerKate » Sat Dec 26, 2009 1:11 am UTC

I could feel my IQ dropping as I watched those videos.

Now I gotta go play a game of chess or read a wikipedia article or something.

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Re: Christmas Music

Postby Isaac Hill » Sat Dec 26, 2009 4:52 am UTC

"Kris Kringle was a Car Thief" by Wesley Willis. He also has a song called "Jesus is the Answer", so I figure it qualifies as Christian Music.
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Re: Christmas Music

Postby JCM » Sat Dec 26, 2009 11:35 pm UTC

KrazyerKate wrote:I could feel my IQ dropping as I watched those videos.

Now I gotta go play a game of chess or read a wikipedia article or something.

Yeah, sorry about that. I watch too much television. :oops:


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