Favorite "Song of the Season"?

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  1. Marlin T

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    Anything from Mannheim Steamroller is touching to my soul.

    Good stuff for sure.
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    On the lighter side--"Grandma Got Runover by a Reindeer", serious-- Bing Crosby's--- "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas" don't know why, never enjoyed his singing, not from that era, but it just brings out the spirit.
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    "Robert Earl Keene's "Merry Christmas from the family" reminds me of my ex-inlaws, but still my favorite.
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    Ha! doug66, that was great!
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    Doug, familiarity with folks that fit the song is why I chose it too... My step-brother's wife's family is pretty close to the song, and everyone admits it. :eek:

    Her dad has a hard time not mooning people after a few hours of flowing Cuervo on Christmas Eve... :eek::p Needless to say, we don't stick around long enough for that. ;)
  7. mrkirker

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    Yes, that's a good one. Robert Earl: Soul of a poet, voice like a cement-mixer!
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    I would have to list three - - -

    The Christmas portion of the Messiah including the Hallelujah Chorus
    Lo, How a Rose Ere Blooming
    O Holy Night - We have a good friend who sings a very nice version at church.
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    I favor very little by Garth Brooks, but one of not so big hits I just love. "Bellau Wood"

    "Belleau Wood"

    Oh, the snowflakes fell in silence
    Over Belleau Wood that night
    For a Christmas truce had been declared
    By both sides of the fight
    As we lay there in our trenches
    The silence broke in two
    By a German soldier singing
    A song that we all knew

    Though I did not know the language
    The song was "Silent Night"

    Then I heard my buddy whisper,
    "All is calm and all is bright"
    Then the fear and doubt surrounded me
    'Cause I'd die if I was wrong
    But I stood up in my trench
    And I began to sing along

    Then across the frozen battlefield
    Another's voice joined in
    Until one by one each man became
    A singer of the hymn

    Then I thought that I was dreaming
    For right there in my sight
    Stood the German soldier
    'Neath the falling flakes of white
    And he raised his hand and smiled at me
    As if he seemed to say
    Here's hoping we both live
    To see us find a better way

    Then the devil's clock struck midnight
    And the skies lit up again
    And the battlefield where heaven stood
    Was blown to hell again

    But for just one fleeting moment
    The answer seemed so clear
    Heaven's not beyond the clouds
    It's just beyond the fear

    No, heaven's not beyond the clouds
    It's for us to find it here
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    dc,
    Bellau Wood sounds as though it refers to the events related in the song Christmas in the Trenches.

    My name is Francis Tolliver, I come from Liverpool.
    Two years ago the war was waiting for me after school.
    To Belgium and to Flanders, to Germany to here,
    I fought for King and country I love dear.

    'Twas Christmas in the trenches, where the frost so bitter hung,
    The frozen fields of France were still, no Christmas song was sung,
    Our families back in England were toasting us that day,
    Their brave and glorious lads so far away.

    I was lying with my messmate on the cold and rocky ground,
    When across the lines of battle came a most peculiar sound,
    Says I, "Now listen up, me boys!" each soldier strained to hear,
    As one young German voice sang out so clear.

    "He's singing bloody well, you know!" my partner says to me,
    Soon, one by one, each German voice joined in harmony,
    The cannons rested silent, the gas clouds rolled no more,
    As Christmas brought us respite from the war.

    As soon as they were finished and a reverent pause was spent,
    "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" struck up some lads from Kent,
    The next they sang was "Stille Nacht." "Tis 'Silent Night'," says I,
    And in two tongues one song filled up that sky.

    "There's someone coming toward us!" the front line sentry cried,
    All sights were fixed on one long figure trudging from their side,
    His truce flag, like a Christmas star, shown on that plain so bright,
    As he, bravely, strode unarmed into the night.

    Soon one by one on either side walked into No Man's Land,
    With neither gun nor bayonet we met there hand to hand,
    We shared some secret brandy and we wished each other well,
    And in a flare-lit soccer game we gave 'em hell.

    We traded chocolates, cigarettes, and photographs from home,
    These sons and fathers far away from families of their own,
    Young Sanders played his squeezebox and they had a violin,
    This curious and unlikely band of men.

    Soon daylight stole upon us and France was France once more,
    With sad farewells we each prepared to settle back to war
    But the question haunted every heart that lived that wonderous night,
    "Whose family have I fixed within my sights?"

    'Twas Christmas in the trenches where the frost, so bitter hung,
    The frozen fields of France were warmed as songs of peace were sung,
    For the walls they'd kept between us to exact the work of war,
    Had been crumbled and were gone forevermore.

    My name is Francis Tolliver, in Liverpool I dwell,
    Each Christmas come since World War I, I've learned its lessons well,
    That the ones who call the shots won't be among the dead and lame,
    And on each end of the rifle we're the same.
  12. Dcd, the best version of "Mary's Boy Child" I think I ever heard was the one done by Harry Belafonte many years ago. I think I still have it in my music collection.
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    My favorite Christmas Carol would have to be "O Holy Night" and my favorite version is Nat King Cole's rendition. So melodic and moving.

    Silent Night is quite moving as well, and comes it a close second.

    Classical - Handel's Messiah, Cannon in D, Beethoven's 9th with Choral

    Childhood - Gene Autry's "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer" album reinged supreme when I was a kid. I have it on tape now since my sister lost OUR original album in a divorce.

    http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFtOQfuNZLA

    Childhood - Linus & Lucy from "A Charlie Brown Christmas" by the Vince Guaraldi Trio

    http://http://www.last.fm/music/Vince+Guaraldi+Trio/_/Linus+and+Lucy


    Comtempoary - "Merry Christmas from the family" and "Walking Around in Women's Underwear" "Mary Did Yoy Know"


    O Holy Night

    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 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 wisemen from out of the Orient land.
    The King of kings lay thus lowly manger;
    In all our trials born to be our friends.
    He knows our need, our weakness is no stranger,
    Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!
    Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!

    Truly He taught us to love one another,
    His law is love and His gospel is peace.
    Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother.
    And in his name all oppression shall cease.
    Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
    With all our hearts we praise His holy name.
    Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we,
    His power and glory ever more proclaim!
    His power and glory ever more proclaim!

    Silent Night

    Silent night, holy night
    All is calm, all is bright
    Round yon Virgin Mother and Child
    Holy Infant so tender and mild
    Sleep in heavenly peace
    Sleep in heavenly peace

    Silent night, holy night!
    Shepherds quake at the sight
    Glories stream from heaven afar
    Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
    Christ, the Saviour is born
    Christ, the Saviour is born

    Silent night, holy night
    Son of God, love's pure light
    Radiant beams from Thy holy face
    With the dawn of redeeming grace
    Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth
    Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth "​
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    I Saw Santa Kissing Momma Under The Mistletoe
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    Bing Crosby's White Christmas
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    I just found this and never knew.....

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    Thanks Lori, this is the first I've heard of this. Interesting story that makes sense. ;) :)


    Art

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