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Day 6: Jesus Christ The Apple Tree

1. 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. 2. His beauty doth all things excel: By faith I know, but ne’er…

Day 5: Jingle Bells

Barbra Streisand with the most intense version of Jingle Bells these ears have ever heard combined with a ridiculous amount of Christmas lights = CHRISTMAS MANIA!!!!! Jingle Bells is one of the most flexible Christmas tunes and its incarnations are…

Day 4: White Christmas

The story goes that Irving Berlin wrote White Christmas in 1940, poolside at the Builtmore hotel in Phoenix AZ. He often stayed up all night writing — he told his secretary, “Grab your pen and take down this song. I…

Day 3: Petit Papa Noel

The third installment this year’s Advent Odyssey comes from La France (obvs). Petit Papa Noel is linked inextricably with Tino Rossi in the way that Je Ne Regrette Rien belongs to Edith Piaf. Rossi himself was, in his day, quite…

Day 2: All I Want For Christmas Is You

Day 1 was all about restraint and tradition. On Day 2, Miss Mussel is kicking off her boots and enjoying the holiday season with a side of go-go dancers. All I Want For Christmas Is You seems just the sort…

2009 Advent Calendars

The annual OM calendar is back in full force. It seems it was so successful last year that now all the other cool kids are doing one. A great bivalve once said that a man who is tired of carols…

Day 1: Once In Royal David’s City

Once In Royal David’s City has been the opening carol of the Nine Lessons And Carols Service at King’s College, Cambridge for 90 years, and, since here at the OM we adore men and boys choirs, the annual OM Aural…

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…