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This glorious Christmas carol was originally written as a poem (Cantique de Noël) by Placide Cappeau 1808-1877 and set to music in 1847 by Adolphe Charles Adams. The English translation is by John Sullivan Dwight in 1855.

The music here started as a downloaded midi file which was altered a fair bit by me. The instruments are: English horn, harpsichord, tubular bells, a synth bass, and Alchemy's Sacred Choir preset. Since I don't sing well, I decided on a dramatic reading, of the first two verses only (the length of the midi file). I should point out that I am an agnostic but was raised in various protestant Christian churches, and carols such as this still resonate with me at Christmastime: I don't mind being a hypocrite for a few weeks a year ;-)

Last year at this time I posted an instrumental version of "What Child is This?", made in a similar fashion. I may have started a tradition ;-)

I realize that I am a bit premature in posting a Christmas carol but with the end of the world approaching at a dizzying pace I wanted my carol to have a little time to be enjoyed (I hope) before everything disappears/ends/fizzles out.

I have just listened to Yet Another Holy Night by Leon and was blown away by the power and purity of his vocals. So, if you like this tune I recommend his version very much.
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O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining, 

It is the night of the dear Saviour's birth. 

Long lay the world in sin and error pining. 

Till He appeared and the Spirit (soul) felt its worth.

A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices, 

For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!

O night divine, the night when Christ was born; 

O night, O Holy Night , O night divine! 

O night, O Holy Night , O night divine! 

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming, 

With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.

O'er the world a star is sweetly gleaming, 

Now come the wise men from out of the Orient land.

The King of kings lay thus in lowly manger; 

In all our trials born to be our friend.
He knows our need, our weakness is no stranger,

Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!

Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!
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rok41 said 1634 days ago (December 1st, 2012)
I am a fan of Christmas Carols, and even if we have three weeks before the end of the world...or Christmas shortly thereafter :) this song still moves me every time I hear it. It's hard sometimes here in Texas to get into the spirit when it's 80 degrees outside, but this helps! Very nicely put together!
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richard13 said 1633 days ago (December 2nd, 2012)
As long as we make the most of those 3 weeks
Thanks Chris; it moves me too. But 80 degrees? I should have done O Tannenbaum or some snowy piece. I don't think I could get into the Christmas spirit at 80 either.
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lyzak said 1634 days ago (December 1st, 2012)
Relatable song description, and delivery that has me listening with new ears. Guess it's time to start a new MJ holiday playlist which shall commence with this. !gracias! for dl.
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richard13 said 1633 days ago (December 2nd, 2012)
Oh boy! I'm first on your new playlist
Thanks for the honor, and you are quite welcome. I hope you get to enjoy it for a long time ;-)
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Philip18 said 1633 days ago (December 2nd, 2012)
O Holy Night
One of the things I like about Christmas is the music! A chance to play/ listen to beautiful music that plays on the emotions and just maybe touches something deeper, too. Well done, Richard!
richard13 said 1633 days ago (December 2nd, 2012)
Me too, Philip.
Thanks for the visit and the props.
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magnatone said 1633 days ago (December 2nd, 2012)
O Holy Night
really nice interpretation rich - much enjoyed!
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richard13 said 1633 days ago (December 2nd, 2012)
Thanks Karen
Glad you like it.

It was good chatting with you this morning. I guess we won't be able to do that much longer ;-)
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alackbass said 1633 days ago (December 2nd, 2012)
O Holy Night
Great idea to bring together the lyric's spoken word origin with the melody that would follow. Now it feels like Christmas.
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richard13 said 1633 days ago (December 2nd, 2012)
Andrew, I like your take on why I did it this way
much better than a simple "I can't sing". Thanks; I'll try to think of something similar next time (if there is one).
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Doug Somers said 1632 days ago (December 3rd, 2012)
Very nice interpretation with the arp synth, choir synth and the bells tying into the traditional sounds we normally associate with this carol.

But apart from your lovely arrangement I'm blown away by your speaking/narration voice. And you say you were a book publisher and author! With pipes coupled with arranging skills like this you could have a great day and a great night job then.

Thanks for the post and dload Richard. Merry Christmas.

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richard13 said 1631 days ago (December 4th, 2012)
Thanks for the fine props Doug but you forgot: I'm retired. Don't need no stinkin' day OR night job. I'm happy to pass the rest of my days playin' golf or makin' music ;-)

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mana_junkie said 1626 days ago (December 9th, 2012)
Holy Night'd
A very cool rendition of a timeless classic that's for sure. Love your reciting.
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paul f. page said 1625 days ago (December 10th, 2012)
Great addition...
...to last year's post, Richard. You do quite an inspirational job in narrating this wonderful old song. Most pleasant listening. Thank you.
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davajonah said 1623 days ago (December 12th, 2012)
I missed this!
Don't know how. I love carols you know and it's reassuring to hear someone mashing midis too! But you are much braver than me. You've used some vox! And it sounds just right too. I love the tubular bell sound in this. As you know, I'm a sucker for bells. I'd have really pumped it up, brought it right to the front of the mix.

Anyway, great job here Richard. Another for my Christmas playlist, which I listen too in order to block out Slade, Paul McCartney and all the other awful Christmas tunes we are bombarded with when out shopping at this time of year. Thanks.
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Jarvoid said 1621 days ago (December 14th, 2012)
Ah you do have a voice !!
And you have used it very nicely too.....a different and yet still festive take to this classic carol.....nicely done.....sorry I am late but have got a project on the burner that is taking over my life !!


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