Category: Advent Calendar

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…

Aural Advent Calendar: Day 5

All I Want For Christmas Is You seems just the sort of song to that might have been blaring from the jukebox at the pub round the corner from the Inn; out of sight of the newly born child but…

Aural Advent Calendar: Day 4

It’s back to England for the next bit of ear chocolate only this time we go west from Cambridge to Gloucester Cathedral. At 102 years old, this carol is a relatively new addition to the Christmas hymn repertoire and joins…

Aural Advent Calendar: Day 3

The evergreen quality of the fir tree inspired many songwriters over the years, so there are several versions of this carol in its original German. The version that is the most well-known to English speakers was written in 1824 by…

Aural Advent: Day 2

A trip in the way back machine to Perry Como’s 1958 Christmas Special. It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas was written in 1951 by Meredith Willson 6 years before The Music Man opened on Broadway. Perry Como recorded…

Aural Advent Day 1

Once In Royal David’s City has been the opening carol of the Nine Lessons And Carols Service at King’s College, Cambridge for 89 years, so opening the first annual OM Aural Advent Calendar with the same seemed the only appropriate…