12 Carols: Riu, Riu, Chiu

Carol #12, Riu, Riu, Chiu, is a traditional 16th-century Spanish carol, though it may have originally been written in Portuguese. It has a dancing tempo and a nice, albeit confusing story about being protected, like God protected Jesus. It’s a fun song you may have heard at a madrigal dinner, if you’ve ever been to…
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12 Carols: I Saw Three Ships And The Coventry Carol

Our two Christmas carols for this morning are both traditional English carols. The first, #10, I Saw Three Ships, is an upbeat song from the 17th century that some people believe is a happier version of Greensleeves (better known to Christmas aficionados as "What Child Is This"). I love this tune but the lyrics are…
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We Wish You A Merry Blizzmas

Christmas plans don’t always work out. Thousands of people across the country have discovered that fact today, if they didn’t already know it, and I am sure it’s hitting some people very hard. Take heart. Christmas comes just once a year, but nobody said it had to be on December 25. Many people work on…
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12 Carols: The Holly And The Ivy And Lo How A Rose E’er Blooming

Our songs today are horticultural in nature. Carol #8, "Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming," was written in the late 16th century, and translated into English in 1894. It’s in the green Lutheran hymnal, if anyone still uses those (I love the green book). Here are the lyrics, once in the original German and three…
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12 Carols: Lullay My Liking And Patapan

Carol #6, Lullay My Liking, also called "I Saw a Fair Maiden," is another lullabye tune meant to distract Baby Jesus from the fact that there are not only noisy, smelly barnyard animals around, but also shepherds, kings and a whole fargin’ chorus of angels, so that the kid can sleep. This may have been…
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