Category: 2010

Willcocksapalooza

Although the title of this post seems wrong from almost every angle and presumably in every light, it seems to really capture the essence of this, the penultimate, advent posting. Sir David Willcocks’ arrangements of many carols are simply my…

The Final Three

We are now coming to the end of our aural Advent Calender, I have tried to show some good, some bad, some pop, some classical and whatever else came to me in various moments of Christmas inspiration. As you have…

I have returned….

Hello everybody, ’tis I, Frere Mussel. I have returned, here, to the Advent calender after a weekend of gigging. In retrospect 3 concerts in 2 days in 2 different cities may have been a bit much. However, the trumpet has…

In Dulci Jubilo

It has become a tradition here on the OM to post the complete Mass for Christmas Morning by Michael Praetorius on….uh…Christmas morning. Technically, it’s not all his composition but rather Paul McCreesh’s recreation of a Christmas morning church service in…

It Was The Holly

From Trololo to a Cornish village. The Sans Day Carol was written sometime in the 19th century. Wikipedia postures that the it was notated from a singing villager in St Day parish, perhaps during the folk song collecting craze that…

Happy Trololo To You

Because gigs are apparently more important that the OM Advent Calender, Frere Mussel has begged off this weekend. Honestly, some people’s kids. Never mind. On to Christmas greetings courtesy of Gifford Children’s Choir from Racine Wisconsin. It’s cute and frightening…

Lo, how a rose

After several posts of ‘lighter’ music, we return to something a bit more satisfying to the ear. The tune of Es ist ein Ros entsprungen most familiar today appears in the Speyer Hymnal (printed in Cologne in 1599), and the…

I have been manipulated

Brace yourselves dear public, today I give you a song that I love and I have no idea why. Where are you Christmas? is the theme song from How the Grinch Stole Christmas . I needn’t explain the plot in…

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…

In honour of the rather large snow storm that is hitting most of the American Midwest and Canada today, I’d like to offer a Christmas snippet about snow. Not the usual Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…

The other, other Christmasy Oratorio

This year around Christmas I have the strange opportunity to sing all three of the major Christmas oratorios: Messiah, Weihnachts Oratorium and L’enfance du Christ and all in different cities at that. We are, of course, all familiar with Messiah…

well just praise the Lord for that….

This video was first brought to my attention by, of all people, my voice teacher in Toronto. It may be familiar to some of you but for those of you who are ‘first timers’ sit back and enjoy Henrietta and…

The Santa Narratives

Earlier this week we had 3 Kings, and now we have songs about dear Saint Nick. 1. Zat you Santa Claus — This mischievious little number conjures up an image crossed between the Grinch and something from the mind of…

Pearl, I couldn’t agree more.

Here we have a little selection submitted by Miss Mussel to me Frere Mussel. It is simply really really funny. For me, it totally surpasses Santa Baby, by our favourite blonde bombshell. Pearl Mae Bailey (March 29, 1918 – August…

3 Songs for 3 Kings

Today we visit the Three Kings, well before Epiphany. Instead of the usual ‘We three Kings’ that as children went more like this: Three Kings of Orient Are, Trying to smoke a rubber cigar! It was loaded and it exploded,…

So, how’s YOUR Polish Part II

That’s right ladies and gentlemen “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly” is originally a Polish carol, also originally WITHOUT Kenny G, or whoever that was. I think baby Jesus would sleep better without the soprano sax, and so would I. The original…

So, how’s YOUR Polish?

Mine is really quite bad. I have been to Warsaw twice in the last six months and have learned how to say “Airport” and “Okay”, but not in that order. It is a very beautiful language so it might be…

Like it or lump it

I would now like to draw your attention to O Holy Night. I don’t feel I need to go through all the hullabaloo of explaining to everyone the origins etc… If you do not know this carol you clearly live…

Dirty Minds

Next we travel back in time. To a time when I was 12 and able to sing a high C, those days have since marched on. Tomorrow Shall be my Dancing Day is an English carol usually attributed as ‘traditional’;…