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Chi 11-30-2012 08:26 PM

Coventry Carol
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJYYeaCmomA
Carols emerged relatively late in the history of Christianity
in Britain - anything terpsichorean being frowned upon until
the end of the dark ages. Thus the earliest song in this collection,
Veni Veni Emmanuel, which dates from the 7th century, is pure
'church.' However as the church relaxed its stance, carols, sung
to dance tunes, began to be more respectable and by the time
the spirit of modern humanism had permeated the Middle Ages,
they even became respectable. This despite the fact that pagan
symbols of fertility and solstice customs were openly incorporated
into carols such as The Holly and the Ivy and The Sans Day Carol
(Holly Bears a Berry.) Later hymns are often mistakenly called
carols, but they have quite different characteristics and tend to
use heavier tunes, more reminiscent of hard wooden pews than
village dances.

Lullay My Liking
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khJaiPVAd_Y

Somerset Wassail
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4B7pkql_-tc
Wassaliing is a set of customs broadly concerning wishing a
prosperous and fruitful year to neighbours and friends, their
domestic animals and their crops. Somerset, in particular, has
a custom of wassailing the apple trees to produce a fruitful
crop of apples for cider-making. Each year on the 17th of
January (old "Twelfth Night") the people of Somerset wassail
their apple trees by placing toast (dipped in cider) into the
branches of the tree and pouring a libation of cider round the
rood of the tree for the good spirits, then firing shotguns into
the branches of the tree to dive away the bad spirits and so
ensure a fine crop of cider apples in the summer ahead. Yes,
it still happens, even in the twenty-first century.

Sussex Carol
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uCBgCZdEEM
It's been around for at least three centuries and is classed as
traditional even though the words were first published by an
Irish (Franciscan) bishop, Luke Wadding, in 'A Small Garland
of Pious and Godly Songs', (Gent 1684) without making it clear
whether it was his own work or whether he was recording an
even earlier composition. What is certain is that the version
we sing today was collected by Cecil Sharp and Ralph Vaughan
Williams in Sussex England from the singing of Harriet Verrall
of Monk's Gate, and first Published in 1919 in Eight Traditional
Carols.

God's Grandeur' Gerard Manly Hopkins 1877 read by Samuel West
Music "The Quiet Life" composed and performed by Oliver Wakeman
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhLCSh4VLmA

Veni Veni Emmanuel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tId6ePj7Zpo

Yule Winter Soltice
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDXZLt6EqQM
Holly King / Santa Claus: There are as many theories of a
"historical" Santa Clause (or "Saint Nicholas") as there are
ethnic cultures. As an Keltic folk archetype however, the old
man wreathed in holly is the Holly King. He represents the
"waning year", the "old year", or the "dark half" of the year.
At winter solstice the Oak King (or the Sun, or the New Year)
is born, and the Holly King's reign is over. Mistletoe: The
mistletoe was sacred to the Druids. The custom of kissing
under the mistletoe may derive from the custom of enemies
refraining from killing each other if they should happen to meet
under its sacred branches. Presumably the custom became
friendlier and friendlier with time. Other scholars say that the
lusty connotations of the plant derive from the belief that the
clusters of white translucent berries were drops of the God's
(or the Oak King's) semen. The Oak King takes the place of
the Holly King, and rules the waxing year, or the "New Year
Candles: The extinguishing of candles at winter solstice rituals
(including Amaltheia's) represents the deep darkness of the
longest night. Their relighting shows us that the light will
return to us. In the moments of total darkness, we are
"between the worlds": between the old year's death and the
new year's conception. Yule Log: The word "yule" is from the
Saxon word for "wheel". The Yule Log,O.E. geol, geola
"Christmas Day, Christmastide," from O.N. jol (pl.), a heathen
feast, later taken over by Christianity, of unknown origin. The
O.E. (Anglian) cognate giuli was the Anglo-Saxons' name for a
two-month midwinter season corresponding to Roman
December and January, a time of important feasts but not
itself a festival. Burned at Midwinter, is a magical bridge between
one year and the next. The fire under the Yule log is lit with a
piece of last year's Yule Log, symbolizing the continuity of the
cycles of life. The ashes of the Yule log were scattered on the
fields to ensure fertility

Celtic Winter Soltice
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3ph3qtAPEQ




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Chi 12-08-2012 02:41 PM

First Day of the Festival of Lights - Happy Hanukkah!
 
The Western Wing & Fran Avni
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FbooXzSiQk

Yesef Karduner
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pyQzUUyp6U

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHwDuygn-jE

Micha'el Ben David
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hdG1aXlExI





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Chi 12-15-2012 05:52 PM

Kathleen Ferrier (1912-1953)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBk94tCLjfM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpCLzoTgJ5Y

Blow the wind southerly, southerly, southerly,
Blow the wind south o'er the bonny blue sea;
Blow the wind southerly, southerly, southerly,
Blow bonnie breeze, my lover to me.
They told me last night there were ships in the offing,
and i hurried down to the deep rolling sea;
But my eye could not see it wherever might be it,
the barque that is bearing my lover to me.
Blow the wind southerly, southerly, southerly,
Blow bonnie breeze o'er the bonny blue sea;
Blow the wind southerly, southerly, southerly,
Blow bonnie breeze, and bring him to me.
Oh is it not sweet to hear the breeze singing
as lightly it comes o'er the deep rolling sea?
But sweeter and dearer by far when tis bringing
the barque of my true love in safety to me.

w/ Iosbel Baille)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UnXtczeohY
Let us wander not unseen,
by the elms on hillocks green,
while the ploughman near at hand
whistles o'er the furrow'd land.
And the milk maid singeth blithe
and the mower whets his scythe.
Let us wander not unseen,
by the elms on hillocks green,
while the ploughman near at hand
whistles o'er the furrow'd land.
And the shepherd tells his tale,
beneath the hawthorn in the dale.
Let us wander not unseen,
by the elms on hillocks green,
while the ploughman near at hand
whistles o'er the furrow'd land.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SV4WYzDlYZE

Have you seen but a bright lily grow
before rude hands have touched it?
Have you marked but the fall of the snow
before the earth hath smudged it?
Have you felt the wool of beaver,
Or swan's down ever?
Or have smelt o' the bud o' the brier,
Or the nard in the fire?
Or have tasted the bag of the bee?
Oh so white, Oh so soft, Oh so sweet, so sweet...
So sweet is she!


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Chi 12-20-2012 05:45 PM

Celtic Woman
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXSyqK9ERRs

Moya Brennan
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57NXP9VMSy0

Amy Grant
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdLwZCprtkI

4 Him
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBCVIJBB7o4

Carrie Underwood
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pGld28bJMw

Andrea Bocelli
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlhdKTYwdsY


Merry Christmas Everyone! And Happy Winter Soltice!
Love, Chi
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Chi 12-28-2012 11:22 PM

Fifth Demension
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9S3slDC8SE

Scott McKenzie
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnmiWnq3bT4

The Cowsills
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMXEQIRVoUU

Matthew Southern Comfort
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGrjiVxZFU8

John Lennon
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OC2waxMJ_5Y

Tommy James & the Shondells
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdZv8RcA7CE

The Rascals
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrwhfhncPfM



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Kata0 12-30-2012 12:44 PM

Anita O'Day
 
I happened to see this in the margin while searching for Frank Sinatra songs so I decided to click on it because it said the Newport Jazz Festival---I grew up listening to jazz with my dad.

I had never heard of her before but this video is my latest musical addiction:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRleR-e8_t8

I love her music, her outfit and her feminine demeanor, in spite of the third world microphone with a light cover taped on it! Too funny...would this even happen today?

Enjoy,

Kata

Chi 12-30-2012 07:51 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kata0
I happened to see this in the margin while searching for Frank Sinatra songs so I decided to click on it because it said the Newport Jazz Festival---I grew up listening to jazz with my dad.

I had never heard of her before but this video is my latest musical addiction:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRleR-e8_t8

I love her music, her outfit and her feminine demeanor, in spite of the third world microphone with a light cover taped on it! Too funny...would this even happen today?

Enjoy,

Kata

Hello Kata :)
Ah yes... Scat. i will have to search for more of that; maybe tomorrow.
Thanks for sharing. She's quite good at that scat, eh?
Love & Light,
Chi

Chi 01-27-2013 02:40 PM

Diana Krall
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGszsPhkrdo

Emilie-Claire Barlow (translation of lyrics below)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OE9oRiU4Sd0
C'est si bon -
Lovers say that in France
when they thrill to romance;
It means that it's so good.
C'est si bon -
So I say it to you,
like the French people do,
because it's oh, so good.
Every word, every sigh,
every kiss, Dear -
leads to only one thought
and it's this, Dear -
Nothing else can replace
just your slightest embrace,
and if you only would be my own;
For the rest of my days
I will whisper this phrase:
My Darling, c'est si bon.

Nora Jones
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAwyOdEaAdY

Natalie Cole
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9Ix0tPEKH4

Nina Simone
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtOKYXYStmU

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

Corinne Bailey Rae
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWJ8lYKqbXs




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Chi 02-17-2013 12:17 PM

Wilbert Harrison
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXxahKfoZjU

Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CC3E8oVa594

Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uybtn6ebG0I

Frank Sinatra
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-Hek_QDRG8

Hank Williams
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tfMBFOMD2w

Lloyd Price
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBCTckvKqjc

Dean Martin
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsgcXZzu6io

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Chi 03-03-2013 01:16 PM

Barbra Steisand & Andy Gibb
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVyeNZCENZA

Barry Manilow
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlQPnNy6JR0

Eddie Rabbit
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_6QFH-CEQM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDAaz0NAdB0

Herb Alpert
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmHOMMD7H_8



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