Category: 2008

Aural Advent Calendar: Day 24

Not much to say today other than do what the song says and have a good one. [The deets for those that are dying to know: Judy Garland – Meet Me In St Louis 1944 – third most recorded Christmas…

Aural Advent Calendar: Day 23

The penultimate installment of this year’s Advent Odyssey comes from La France (obvs) and is the song Petit Papa Noel. Papa does have his own Facebook page but details about the song are not to be found anywhere on the interwebs, making it far and away the most mysterious installment in our Advent journey.

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….

Aural Advent Calendar: Day 21

What is Christmas without superfluous strings swells, and key-change via meat cleaver? B to the O to the RING. To all those musicians who have slogged their way through the inevitable Christmas pop concerts: this year Miss Mussel feels your…

Aural Advent Calendar: Day 20

Today’s installment is brought to you courtesy of Frere Mussel who is celebrating his birthday in La Suisse. The carol is Quelle est cette odeur agréable?, which is awkwardly translated in English versions as Where Is That Goodly Fragrance? The…

Aural Advent Calendar: Day 19

The tree of life my soul hath seen, Laden with fruit and always green: The trees of nature fruitless be Compared with Christ the apple tree. His beauty doth all things excel: By faith I know, but ne’er can tell…

Aural Advent Calender: Day 18

Reader Pat suggested these 3 minutes of silliness in the comments from yesterday’s post and really, who among us has not sat through a performance that pretty well matches this one? Its generous lashings of earnest and awful combined with…

Aural Advent Calendar: Day 17

It’s 1977, Jimmy Osmond is still a treble and powder blue was the wardrobe colour of choice for the Mormon Tabernacle costume department. Heady days in Salt Lake City, folks. With the whole Osmond family on hand to close out…

Aural Advent Calendar: Day 16

Jingle Bells and Deck The Halls are carol-sing basics and for good reason. They’re peppy and have words that are easy remember and are nostalgic for a time none of us where alive to remember, so there aren’t any spoilsports…

Aural Advent Calendar: Day 15

A bit of a backlog in the Calendar department these last couple of days folks. A terrible disappointment indeed, but there is a bright side, so not all is lost. What is this mysterious upside of which Miss Mussel speaks?…

Aural Advent Calendar: Day 14

With its premiere performance completed a mere 22 days ago, this tune could quite possibly be the newest Christmas song around. Here are the lyrics, in case you have a special someone to serenade this season. I want a cold,…

Aural Advent Calendar: Day 13

We’re back to Jolly Old today, more specifically, St George’s Chapel, Windsor. The choir has been singing for 660 years although it is thought that its members have changed substantially during that time. I Saw Three Ships belongs to that…

Aural Advent Calendar: Day 12

In honour of the tripartite birthday celebrations going on this week, today is a 3-for-1 offering of 20th century Christmas songs. Who is the third celebrant, you ask? Well, even bivalves have birthdays. The 20th-century selections featured on this, the…

Aural Advent Calendar: Day 11

So far, we’ve had Gloucester Cathedral and King’s College choirs. Today, we go to Worcester Cathedral in Worcestershire. It was built between 1220 and 1386, dates that register as DO NOT COMPUTE in most North American brains. To add a…

Aural Advent Calendar: Day 10

For those readers who are worried all the crap holiday music they have heard oozing out of stores, restaurants and other such public places will soon cause them to lapse into some sort of hyperglycemic coma: Fear not! Miss Mussel…

Aural Advent Calendar: Day 9

Is it Herman? Is it Sherman? Is it Eddie, is it Freddie? Oh no! It’s Bing Crosby and Judy Garland with a rather amusing version of Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer complete with what would now be considered wildly inappropriate references…

Aural Advent Calendar: Day 8

Day 8 of this Adventual Odyssey is a hat tip to great arrangements. Usually, Miss Mussel loathes The 12 Days of Christmas but, as you have no doubt already discovered in the video, it’s not the tune but what you do with it that counts. Watching The Kings Singers force feed Julie Andrews beer, pfeffernüsse and kügel is entertaining no matter which way you slice it.

Aural Advent Calendar: Day 7

The Sans Day Carol, performed here by the Strathroy Chorale, is a Cornish carol written sometime in the 19th century. Wikipedia postures that the carol was notated from a singing villager in St Day parish, perhaps during one of the…

Aural Advent: Day 6

A little bit outside of the remit of this site but it’s the weekend and who doesn’t love Elvis? OR LEATHER JUMPSUITS? The solution to “the overarching problem with classical music“, perhaps? Miss Mussel is reliably informed that Blue Christmas…