Audio Christmas Card ’07 — Hark This

Well, I told you I’d post it, and here I am a whole week early. In between all the gift giving and receiving and hustle and bustle, we threw this little ditty together to complete our three song homemade gift for family and friends (ya’ll :) Perhaps you’ve heard about the so-called “War on Christmas.” [...]

54 Tidbits About Grammy

1. I sang in hootenannies for remote Nike sites in Alaska when I was a teenager. I wasn’t that good a musician but I was easy on the eyes—especially for servicemen who hadn’t seen any non-Eskimo female for several months. 2. When I was 27, my older and younger brothers were both killed while flying [...]

15 Hymns in 15 Days

Addison Road Proudly Presents 15 Hymns in 15 days. This is the evolution of Aly’s project from last Christmas, listing lyrics from some of our favorite Christmas Carols. This year, it’s all about the ear candy. I want audio. From December 10th through the 24th, I’m going to post one Christmas Hymn per day. In [...]

Fav Carols: O Come, O Come Emmanuel

And the granddaddy of my favorites (and Rod’s, apparently), as well as one of the oldest caroles still sung at Christmas. (But Michael wins the award for most ancient with “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silent.”) They just don’t write them like this anymore. Its lyric dates to the 12th century (that’s old, folks!) and [...]

Fav Carols: Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne

I guess women hymnists were more common than I thought. This gem was written by Emily E. Elliott in 1864. Her father was rector at St. Mark’s Church in Brighton. (Go pastor’s daughters!) Music by Timothy R. Matthews, 1876. Thou didst leave Thy throne and Thy kingly crown, When Thou camest to earth for me; [...]

Fav Carols: In the Bleak Midwinter

Female poets were getting to be quite common in the 19th century, but it was rare for poems by women to make it into the hymnal. This was written by Christina Georgina Rossetti sometime before 1872 and has been set to music three different times by Gustav Holst, Harold Edwin Darke, and Thomas B. Strong. [...]

Fav Carols: No Eye Had Seen

I only miss singing in a choir at Christmas. Back in the UCO days, this was a favorite…though I would be shocked if anyone listening could make out one word we sang. The way Al conducted sforzando on the second choir part, I bet it sounded like percussive gobbledygook. (“WHY…EH…EE…ITH…O…UN…A…ING!” is probably what people heard [...]

Fav Carols: Jesus, Born On This Day

I really hesitated to post this one, because when you read the lyrics without hearing Mariah wailing away on this song, it just ain’t the same. Be that as it may, this series is about favorite carols, not snootiest indy-cred carols. If you don’t have Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas, you are doing yourself and your [...]

Favorite Carols: O Holy Night

I’ve always loved the song “O Holy Night”. It wasn’t until I found this stirring rendition, however, that it became permanently fixed as one of my all-time favorites. It’s amazing how you can hear a song for years, and yet someone can come along and perform it in a way that makes it brand new.

Favorite Carols: O Little Town of Bethlehem

A classic, words by Phillip Brooks and music by his organist at Holy Trinity Church, Lewis Redner. Brooks gave Redner the lyrics a few weeks before Christmas, but the organist couldn’t come up with a melody. The tune slammed into his brain in the wee hours of Christmas Eve 1868, and was performed that night. [...]

Favorite Carols: I Wonder As I Wander

This is another doosie. It’s a traditional Appalachian folk song, author unknown: I wonder as I wander out under the sky How Jesus the Savior did come for to die For poor orn’ry people like you and like I I wonder as I wander out under the sky When Mary birthed Jesus, ’twas in a [...]

Favorite Christmas Carols

I thought it might be nice, in the week running up to Christmas, to post the lyrics to some of our best-loved Christmas carols. To kick things off, I submit “A Stable Lamp is Lighted” by Richard Wilbur: A stable lamp is lighted Whose glow shall wake the sky The stars shall bend their voices [...]