You know you like Christmas carols, you might as well admit it. *g* Even the Grinch was not immune to the strains of Bahoom Boray (sp?).
This Christmas, my father (who is the opposite of a Grinch) suggested that we all learn the different parts of "Lo How a Rose Ere Blooming" so we could harmonize the carol when we gather around the piano and sing for a while on Christmas Eve. Wow, hard tune! This carol has particular significance for Dad because it was his father's favorite. We have a grainy old recording of my Grandpa "G" (for George) singing it with his fellow Church ushers/pub mates in his beautiful Irish tenor. So it's a tribute to him. I'll let you know how it goes.
The challenge is that I don't read music! But thank you, Youtubers, for posting choir practice videos in all the parts for this carol.
While I was hunting around for a practice guide for my part, (tenor--ouch, a bit low for my natural alto) I came across the four parts for a crowd-pleasing carol that seems a bit easier to sing -- Joy To the World.
I thought I'd kick off December by posting those below for you to check out, in case you, too, would like to persuade your family/friends to learn the harmonies. If you get started soon, you should have plenty of time to practice before it's time to go a-wassailing!
(Note the main function of these vids is not to impress with their elegance, just to teach each singer their particular tune in a very simple, straightforward way.) They make your individual part very easy to focus on. Feel free to to send me your caroling samples from this season and I promise I'll share them! Enjoy! ;)
Joy To the World
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Lastly, I wanted to mention a quick seasonal reminder that if you haven't tried the kidlit series I co-write with my husband, our standalone Christmas novella is a great, low-commitment way to sample what we've got in store. What could be merrier than Christmas in Victorian London? Available in paperback or e-book -- as well as a really great audiobook version -- at all the major online book retailers.
View JAKE & THE GINGERBREAD WARS at: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
Well, that's all, folks! Until next time...think jolly! :)
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