Today's Friday Five questions for the RevGals are posed by Reverendmother, whose subject is the music of the season. Here are my answers. (By the way, Blogger is acting really funky with the formatting and I'm tired of trying to fix it, so excuse the messy post, thanks.)
1. A favorite secular song.
Twelve Days of Christmas. See answer to #4, below for explanation.
2. Christmas song that chokes you up (maybe even in spite of yourself--the cheesier the better) Mine's NOT cheesy.
I can never make it through this verse of Once In Royal David's City:
And our eyes at last shall see him,
through his own redeeming love;
for that child so dear and gentle
is our Lord in heaven above;
and he leads his children on
to the place where he is gone.
This verse and the music (and that descant!!) make me loose it every time.3. Christmas song that makes you want to stuff your ears with chestnuts roasted on an open fire.Can't I have more than one? (whine, whine) I can't choose between White Christmas; Chestnuts Roasting On an Open Fire; and The Little Drummer Boy (parum-pa-pum-pum to you, too!)
4. The Twelve Days of Christmas: is there *any* redeeming value to that song? Discuss.Yes--little kids LOVE the repetition and are proud of themselves when they memorize it. I'm teaching it to my 4 and 6 year old nieces, just like I taught it to my girls when they were that age. Every Sunday when I see them we learn 3 verses and we'll finish (hopefully) by Christmas Eve in time for a little family concert.
5. A favorite Christmas album.Messiah as performed by the English Baroque Soloists and the Montiverdi Choir
This version is done in the original style of Handel, not the lush overproduced Mormon Tabernacle Choir and huge orchestra version.