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21 December 2005 @ 10:09 pm
Music for Solstice and Christmas  
Happy Solstice, to those who celebrate it! May the light return and make your new year joyous. :)

Proserpina, by Ivoux, is the story of Proserpina, daughter of Ceres, and her descent to the underworld. It's her return that we celebrate every year.

The Christmas Wish, by Kermit and the Muppets, recognizes other traditions and faiths and invites them to celebrate too. It's still a little Christmas-leaning, but as always Kermit's heart is in the right place.

Alfie the Christmas Tree, by John Denver and the Muppets, is another song that recognizes that it doesn't take celebrating Christmas to understand peace, love, and brotherhood.

In What's This?, Jack Skellington finds out about Christmas. My favorite line: "There's children throwing snowballs instead of throwing heads!"

Sick of Christmas music? Kidnap the Sandy Claws will make you feel better.

The White Witch, another Ivoux song, prays to Aslan for delivery from the White Witch of Narnia, who makes it always winter and never Christmas.

Koturine tells a winter story of the youngest daughter who saved her village from death in a blizzard by marrying the Lord of the North Wind.

John Denver sings The First Noel. I grew up hearing John Denver, and I love him.

Enya sings Silent Night. In Gaelic, because she's Enya.

Dickens' Dublin is a song of a person longing for a home, coupled with the story of the birth of Jesus told by a little girl who's very sincere, if not letter-perfect.

Uterus Hodie is a traditional medieval carol, although I can't figure out what the title means. "Hodie" is "today," so it's... Uterus Today? It sounds like a TV show that I wouldn't want to watch. But I like the song.

This is my favorite version of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. Loreena McKennitt is so good at this.

Good King Wenceslas is a St. Stephen's Day carol, not Christmas, but so what?

And now go guess the songs. Go!
 
 
 
beachtreebeachtree on December 21st, 2005 08:03 pm (UTC)
You're busy here tonight! So much to explore....

Does this mean you're in the Chrismukkah spirit? And who would name their kid Wenceslas?
overnighter: Mangerovernighter on December 21st, 2005 09:51 pm (UTC)
Awesome! Thanks for the treat -- and I've been looking for a copy of that Enya song, so double thanks!
Holy Shit, I am someone's Momacogswell on December 22nd, 2005 04:51 am (UTC)
You know, I have a wonderful memory of you bringing music over to the Arlington house when you and R were in a sewing frenzy once. Even then I thought that you had good taste in music and this post along with one from the past reminds me of this. Thank you so much for all of the awesome music - I am amazed at your ability to have the patience to put this together. :) Hope you have a wonderful holiday. Hugs.
High-velocity pie of deathnixieq on December 22nd, 2005 06:06 am (UTC)
Uterus Today? It sounds like a TV show that I wouldn't want to watch. But I like the song.

congratulations! you are now the holder of the Make Nixie Snarf Award. (it's harder to do than you might think, but you got me JUST after i'd taken a big bite of cereal, dammit.)

thanks for sharing these. >:) you might check out cr0wgrrl's journal for the past couple weeks for some other non-standard xmas songs, including stuff by the ramones, tom lehrer, and louis armstrong (but not together, sadly).