Aural Advent Calendar: Day 22

We seem to be oscillating between the austere and the ridiculous on this calendar, not a bad thing considering that’s how Miss Mussel’s mind generally works. It’s all about keeping it real here at OM Headquarters…er…or something. Foshizzle et al.

*Sigh*

There’s not even any teenagers about and Miss Mussel still managed to outed herself as Terminally Uncool And Out Of Touch With The Kids.

Anyway….this should cure any case of the Mondays that might be lurking in your place of employment. Crank up those speakers, gather folks around your Microsoft-approved hearth and take a listen to this Christmas classic. It will knock the socks off that Messiah on Crack thing that is circulating at present.

The song in question is the heavyweight of the Christmas repertoire. It’s the one everyone man of a certain age with a moderately decent set of pipes fantasizes about conquering each Christmas Eve. Personally, Miss Mussel has witnessed 5 years of a man well into his eighties and barely able to climb the altar stairs unassisted, teeter into position, give a slight nod to the organist and proceed to belt this lovely out of the park with astonishing conviction.

Other friends have reported versions in their hometowns, one involving a pair of men who have, for years, happily transformed the piece into a duet. They mark the significance of this event by making their performance the only time of the year they upgrade from black sweatpants to something with a non-elasticated waist and a zipper.

It’s very likely our featured soloist is doing this on purpose…..but that somehow makes it all the more impressive.

The carol was composed in 1847 by the French composer and critic Adolphe Adam. A teacher of Léo Delibes, Adam was a prolific composer of operas and ballet and is most famous for his ballets Giselle and Le Corsaire.

Dubious factoid you can wow your family with: “On 24 December 1906, Reginald Fessenden, a Canadian inventor, broadcast the first AM radio program, which included him playing “O Holy Night” on the violin. The carol therefore appears to have been the first piece of music to be broadcast on radio.”

What would Christmas be without a little Wikiality?

Just another Thursday.

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