One of the best things about Christmas Carols are the many interpretations of the songs that are out there.
As a Writer I know that a story is meant to be told and that the best thing that can happen to it is that it will grow legs and run on it’s own- and if you’ve really done your job it will inspire others to tell a story too.
Here are three standard Carols ( I couldn’t chose just one as suggested by the prompt )with a new ‘do’ that I really do enjoy.
Give them listen!
Sing It With Me Now!
I mean it..I’m waiting…and a one- two–three and four
The boar’s head in hand bring I, (Or: The boar’s head in hand bear I,)
Bedeck’d with bays and rosemary.
And I pray you, my masters, be merry (Or: And I pray you, my masters, merry be)
Quot estis in convivio (Translation: As many as are in the feast)
Caput apri defero (Translation: The boar’s head I bear)
Reddens laudes Domino (Translation: Giving praises to the Lord)
The boar’s head, as I understand,
Is the rarest dish in all this land,
Which thus bedeck’d with a gay garland
Let us servire cantico. (Translation: Let us serve with a song)
Our steward hath provided this
In honour of the King of Bliss;
Which on this day to be served is
In Reginensi atrio. (Translation: In the hall of Queen’s [College, Oxford])
For me, Christmas is all about the music.
Not the gifts, not the tinsel, not the decorations but the music.
Each year I have a few songs that become part of the soundtrack of the holiday season and so far these are turning out to be my ‘go to’ songs.
Mozart is here, he’s not Christmas but he is energetic and a great listen when I get overwhelmed during prep time. I guess he sort of gets me back on track:
Carol Of The Bells is cool- no matter how you arrange it this piece always sounds spooky. So you know, it’s a must hear over the holidays:
This has not been a good year here in the States, so more then in previous years I’m feeling this song- which didn’t start out being a Christmas Song but is now considered one
Stop The Cavalry:
So there they are. The songs that say Christmas Time.