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The Coventry Carol – Video

Notre Dame

I have always like The Coventry Carol.  I’m into dark, medieval music, particularly Christmas music, which seems like it should be bright, not dark.  So I decided I wanted to record it.  But I needed a little research first.  I was surprised at what I found, and this led to the video (hint, read this before listening)

The carol was part of a “mystery play” that went back to the 14th century.  The words were written down in the early 16th century and the music in the late 16th century, some believe in a bid to try to get it performed again (it wasn’t).  This song is about the slaughter of the innocents.

Yes, The Coventry Carol is a lullaby sung by the women of Bethlehem to try to calm their frightened babies as they wait for Herod’s men to murder the babies. “Bye bye, lully lullay.” Nice, right? So “the little tiny child” in the song is not the baby Jesus, but some poor, doomed child.

The words and music survived as much by accident as anything, as such things do, and was revived again in the 20th century.During The Battle of Britain in WW2, the Germans bombed Coventry on the 14th of November, 1940.  On Christmas, 1940, the BBC played The Coventry Carol live as it was being sung from the bombed out ruins of the Coventry cathedral.

So the song went from the poor woman resigned to their fate when brought up against powers beyond their understanding to the women shaking their fists at the sky when brought up against these powers.  You may bomb us and kill our children, but we will rise from the ashes. Continue reading

Dark Jingle Bells

Earlier today I posted about recording a dark version of Jungle Bells.  I said I wasn’t going to post it, but I changed my mind :)  I’ve had zero views in about 3 hours, so I think it’s safe that nobody is going to see it anyway, so this isn’t a big risk…  The big bass sound I talked about in the first post is hard to hear in the video – making it into a video takes out all of the heft.  But it should stillbe dark.  and i hope fun!

Click here if you don’t see the video
https://youtu.be/cwdr7IRg4Ys

I hope you enjoyed that bit of analog modular synthesizer madness….

 

A Smile a Day – Day 18 – Wilton

 

Paper Lanterens, WiltonI live in a little village in New Hampshire, Wilton.  One of the cool traditions of this small town is the Christmas music.  Around Christmas time they play Christmas music from the bell tower of the town hall.  The music is all bell music, though I’m pretty sure it is recorded.  Tonight was the first night they had the music playing.  There was also something special going on in town because there were paper lanterns lining both sides of the street through the short “downtown”. Continue reading

Video – Greensleeves

OK, I’ve posted this version of the song before, but I just made a quick video.  And since my A Smile A Day post today was about making music :) All sounds were made with a Moog Minimoog Voyager and played by me.  Some winter pictures and Christmas pictures.  Enjoy!

(Click here if you don’t see the video)

Here is a post where I introduced the music.

Greensleeves – (un)Traditional Song

Snow Tree

Greensleeves is my favorite Christmas song. OK, technically Greensleeves is not a Christmas song, it’s a song about somebody’s lover or a prostitute, but somebody once wrote religious lyrics to the tune and called it “What Child is This?” 90% of the time you hear the tune it is an instrumental and called Greensleeves.  So yeas, I guess I like listening to songs about illicit love at this time of year. Continue reading