I was wandering vacuously through the mall listening to my favourite [insert expression of extreme sarcasm here] secular christmas carol, “The Little Drummer Boy”, for the 316th time this week. It has been performed by every illustrious talent with a Facebook following of more than three, including the Kazoo and Snare Drum Band of Paxton Illinois. Unfortunately, I think I’ve heard them all.
Everywhere I was reminded to BUY in celebration of the pagan festival of the birth of consumerism. Ain’t life in a consumptive society wonderful – no cure for this disease except maybe bankruptcy. I was a man struggling through a cultural desert seeking some remnant of a musical culture that after a rich 2000 years of expression, now survives almost as an underground spring.
Fortunately, I knew where to dig for real Christmas music in celebration of the birth of my saviour, Jesus Christ. Here is the Fountainview Academy with this year’s Christmas medley arrangement.
I’ll throw in my two favourite christmas carols from the past.
From the 16th century is “Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen” (lo, how a rose) by Michael Praetorius.
From the 19th century is “See, amid the Winter’s Snow“.
I first went to one of my favourite contemporary composers, Dan Forest, whom I knew had made an arrangement of this carol. At no extra charge, from the 20th century,here it is:
In this dark time, Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones. Remember:
Christ Is Born!