Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Many Authors, Many Tunes Can Twist Things Up

This Christmas carol has been around since the 1600s, but no one can actually pinpoint who did what to the song as it evolved along the way.

The earliest manuscript was found in a library and had King John IV of Portugal’s name of the early 1600s on it as the author. The song was originally written in Latin and titled Adeste Fideles.

Even More Johns

Along came John Reading in the second half of the 1600s and then John Francis Wade in the 1700s as authors of this song.  Apparently, every time the song was set down, someone came along and added a few more verses to it until it went from four to eight. It was translated into numerous languages.

Then the English got a hold of it in 1841, and Catholic priest Frederick Oakeley penned more verses and translated the others into English. He also created the harmonies that we now sing with this song. 

There is a manuscript in Lancashire from 1751, which is supposed to be the oldest known version of this song. It was performed at Stonyhurst by the Stonyhurst Choir in 2014.

Stolen Voices

The original lyrics that King John IV of Portugal penned may have been stolen from St. Bonaventure of the 13th century or stolen from the monks of the German, Portuguese, Spanish or Cistercian orders.  The money is on the monks, no matter who else tinkered with the song.

King John IV got writing credit because he was known as a patron of the arts and music, and he was a sophisticated composer and writer. He founded music schools and had one of the largest musical libraries in the world. It was destroyed during the Lisbon earthquake in 1755.

Here are the original four Latin verses of this extremely popular song:

Adeste Fideles

Adeste fideles læti triumphantes,
Venite, venite in Bethlehem.
Natum videte
Regem angelorum:
Venite adoremus (3×)
Dominum.


Deum de Deo, lumen de lumine
Gestant puellæ viscera
Deum verum, genitum non factum.
Venite adoremus (3×)
Dominum.


Cantet nunc io, chorus angelorum;
Cantet nunc aula cælestium,
Gloria, gloria in excelsis Deo,
Venite adoremus (3×)
Dominum.


Ergo qui natus die hodierna.
Jesu, tibi sit gloria,
Patris æterni Verbum caro factum.
Venite adoremus (3×)
Dominum.

No matter who penned it, who swiped the music or who gets credit for it, this popular song is sung by choirs everywhere and is a cherished Christmas carol.

Today’s arrangement is compliments of Sir David Willcocks who published it again in 1961.


O Come All Ye Faithful

O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant!
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;
Come and behold him
Born the King of Angels:
O come, let us adore Him, (3×)
Christ the Lord.


God of God, light of light,
Lo, he abhors not the Virgin's womb;
Very God, begotten, not created:
O come, let us adore Him, (3×)
Christ the Lord.


Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation,
Sing, all ye citizens of Heaven above!
Glory to God, glory in the highest:
O come, let us adore Him, (3×)
Christ the Lord.


Yea, Lord, we greet thee, born this happy morning;
Jesus, to thee be glory given!
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing!
O come, let us adore Him, (3×)
Christ the Lord.


Because I want to present this song as a dignified Christmas carol, I am only going to give you the link to this YouTube video for you to explore on your own. It was worth watching because it was SO bizarre and made me laugh out loud long enough to disturb the dog. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=9&v=vmEfFlbqbbY 

Click at your own discretion; it’s a scream!

Here is a much more reverent and dignified version Smile from one of my all time favorite groups.


Now that Chicago Transit Authority has given you a sweet carol to hum as you shop, let’s add these goodies to the Christmas lists for friends and family.

White Pearl Drop Earrings

Pretty Gonzo 

White Crochet Flower Brooch or Pin

RSS Designs in Fiber 

White Iridescent Art Glass Plate with Blue or Green Snowflake

Resetar Glass Art 


Swarovski White Pearl Bracelet Victorian Style Bracelet

Treasures of Jewels 

PERSONALIZED BABY'S GUARDIAN ANGEL NURSERY DECOR

Kevs Krafts 

Long Black and White Lariat Necklace

Blue Morning Expressions 

Landscapes Of White Sands 10 Art Print

Colleen Cornelius 

Crocheted Baby Irish Knit Sweater w Matching Hat

Magdalene Knits 

Tropical Sticker Labels

Adore by Nat 

Frosted White Lampwork Wedding Bride Earrings

Shadow Dog Designs 

Westie Coaster

Sew Amazin 

Black and White Ebony Exotic Wood Earrings

ExoticWoodJewelryAnd

Red and White Superduo Snakeskin Beadwoven Handmade Cuff Bracelet

Kats All That 

Milky White Opalite Glass Stone Earrings

The Singing Beader 

White Glass Pearl Tibetan Bead Dangle Women's Necklace

Lady Green Eyes Jewelry 

Etched White Lampwork Beads Handmade Opaque Matte Glass Round

Covergirl Beads 

White Statement Necklace

Blonde Peach Jewelry 

White Bridge landscape painting

MarciaMcKinzieArt 


Gold White Pearl Teardrop Earrings

Linorstore 

Mother of Pearl Nugget Sterling Nautilus Charm Beaded Coil Bracelet

Diane’s Dangles 

Don’t see what you are looking for? Maybe you will find it in some of the following showcases or ask one of our talented artists to design something special for you.


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O Holy Night
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Enjoy!
Julie

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Christmas Carol too Scandalous for the Choir to Sing

Cover your mouth with your hand and clutch your pearls because this Christmas carol was deemed too dirty for the choir to sing in church. Suggestive, racy and just too scandalous for the kids to sing, the song, One Horse Open Sleigh was banished to the heathens in the street.

Of course, the heathens picked it right up and sang it with gusto!

Truthfully, this song had absolutely nothing to do with Christmas to start with as it was penned in 1957 as a Thanksgiving Day song. Along the way, it got lumped into the songs that were sung during the Christmas season in the 1860s and 1870s.

This dashing and daring song was a fun parlor song that first sung in public in Washington Street in Boston in 1857. It was first recorded in 1889 on an Edison cylinder.

This poor song is rife with controversy and rumors. There are no less than TWO places who declare themselves to be the place with James Lord Pierpont penned it. Medford, Massachusetts claims the song as theirs saying that Pierpont wrote the song at the Simpson Tavern and was inspired by the town’s sleigh races.

“Au contraire”, says Savannah, Georgia. Mr. Pierpont was in Savannah at the time of the copyright of that song, so it was NOT penned in the Simpson Tavern, but in the Unitarian Church.  So they say in Savannah.

The  tussle over this song comes from conflicting copyright dates. One is for One Horse Open Sleigh and one is for Jingle Bells, but it is the same song with two titles at filed at two different times. Both towns have rather bold historic markers that declare their ownership to the song.

None the less, the real  story is what made this song a blush on the good girl’s cheeks. Rosy cheeks and all.

Jingle Bells became a tavern song that was great for drinking and carousing. After all, the extended lyrics have people rolling around in the back of that sleigh playing patty-cake and slap and tickle. A Victorian Tunnel of Love, if you will.

Here are the lyrics we are most familiar with:

Jingle Bells

Dashing through the snow
In a one-horse open sleigh
O'er the fields we go
Laughing all the way


Bells on bob tail ring
Making spirits bright
What fun it is to ride and sing
A sleighing song tonight!


Jingle bells, jingle bells,
Jingle all the way.
Oh! what fun it is to ride
In a one-horse open sleigh.


Jingle bells, jingle bells,
Jingle all the way;
Oh! what fun it is to ride
In a one-horse open sleigh.

Ah, but here are the forgotten verses:

Ooops! We lost control over the sleigh – hey!

A day or two ago
I thought I'd take a ride
And soon, Miss Fanny Bright
Was seated by my side,
The horse was lean and lank
Misfortune seemed his lot
He got into a drifted bank
And then we got upsot.

This can be best described as – someone is laughing at me.

A day or two ago,
The story I must tell
I went out on the snow,
And on my back I fell;
A gent was riding by
In a one-horse open sleigh,
He laughed as there I sprawling lie,
But quickly drove away.

Since everyone learns from other’s mistakes, his advice to other guys is to get a faster horse and ride like the ghost of Christmas past is chasing you.

Now the ground is white
Go it while you're young,
Take the girls tonight
and sing this sleighing song;
Just get a bobtailed bay
Two forty as his speed
Hitch him to an open sleigh
And crack! you'll take the lead.


Since I am having so much fun with this song, I have to share this wonderful recording. It came in 1965 from far, far away.


Here is the transcript from those zany clowns on the Gemini VI. They also smuggled a harmonica on board…

Gemini VII, this is Gemini VI. We have an object, looks like a satellite going from north to south, up in a polar orbit. He's in a very low trajectory traveling from north to south and has a very high climbing ratio. It looks like it might even be a ... Very low. Looks like he might be going to reenter soon. Stand by one ... You might just let me try to pick up that thing.

Jingle Bells has been parodied and goofed on for years. The worse is the barking dogs! The Three Stooges even got in on the act at one point, but I tried to find a suitable and fun version to share.



Now that we got the drinking song out of the way, let’s go shopping!

BUCKING BRONCO CHRISTMAS TREE ORNAMENT

Kevs Krafts 

Orange Flower Table Top Doily

RSS Designs in Fiber 

Coral and Orange Art Glass Plate with Stringer Accents

Resetar Glass Art 

Wire Wrapped Red Agate Bracelet

Crafting Memories 

Carnelian Earrings

Treasures of Jewels 

Autumn Maple Leaves Dog Bandana

Sew Amazin 

Crocheted Baby Teddy Bear Crib Garland

Magdalene Knits 

Yellow and Orange Flower Pendant Beaded Necklace for Women

Blue Morning Expressions 

Clip-On Boho Earrings

Pretty Gonzo 

So Thankful For You Pumpkin Tags

Adore by Nat 

Glossy Tangerine Sparkle Lampwork Beads

Covergirl Beads 

The Coyote Mine Canvas Print

Colleen Cornelius 

Gemstone Drop Earrings

Lindab142 

Czech Rose Gold Picasso Copper Floral Crystal Topaz Dangle Earrings

Kats All That 

Women's Wire Wrapped Brown Tigers Eye Necklace

Lady Green Eyes Jewelry 

Long Dangling Guitar Earrings Acoustic Ukulele With Crystals

The Singing Beader 

Red Orange Agate Gemstone Square Stretch Wide Bracelet 7 inch

Diane’s Dangles 

Orange and White Mitra Shell Earrings

Shadow Dog Designs 

Yellow Hummingbird Painting Watercolor Batik on Japanese Rice Paper

MarciaMcKinzieArt

Clip on Earrings for Women

Blonde Peach Jewelry 

Don’t see what you are looking for? Maybe you will find it in some of the following showcases or ask one of our talented artists to design something special for you.
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O Holy Night
The First Noel
Silver Bells
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Enjoy!
Julie

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Tinkle Bells

Yep, that is exactly how this song was titled when it was penned UNTIL one of the song’s authors’ wife – said “are you out of your mind?” That means urinate!

Oops.

Good thing they changed it, and it is one of those songs that we all know and love. It has been covered by everyone, but it was originally written for and performed by Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell in the movie, Lemon Drop Kid.

Bing Crosby hit the charts with its first recording released in 1950. Once it became popular, Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell were called back into the studio to do a more polished version of the song.

The authors, Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, have given conflicting stories about the origin of the song, but it was either the bells from the Santas and the Salvation Army or the bell that sat on an office desk top that brought us Silver Bells.

Silver Bells, Silver Bells
It's Christmas time in the city
Ring-a-ling, hear them ring
Soon it will be Christmas Day


City sidewalks
Busy sidewalks
Dressed in holiday style
In the air there's
A feeling of Christmas

Children laughing
People passing
Meeting smile after smile
And on every
Street corner you'll hear


Silver Bells, Silver Bells
It's Christmas time in the city
Ring-a-ling, hear them sing
Soon it will be Christmas Day


Strings of street lights
Even stoplights
Blink a bright red and green
As the shoppers rush home
With their treasures
Hear the snow crunch
See the kids bunch
This is Santa's big scene
And above all
This bustle you'll hear


Silver Bells, Silver Bells
It's Christmas time in the city
Ring-a-ling, hear them sing
Soon it will be Christmas Day
Silver Bells, Silver Bells
It's Christmas time in the city
Ring-a-ling, hear them sing
Soon it will be Christmas Day
Soon it will be Christmas Day
Soon it will be Christmas Day
Soon it will be Christmas Day
Soon it will be Christmas Day

As much as I love this song, I thought it would be fun to hear it in its original state by Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell rather than a more polished and familiar Bing version.



Let’s see what Santa has in his goody bag for you this year!

Green Elephant Favor Tags

Adore by Nat 

Winter Crochet Hat

RSS Designs in Fiber 

Tree Of Life Bracelet

SolanaKaiDesigns 

Green Earrings Turquoise Teardrop with Picasso Czech Glass Earrings

Treasures of Jewels 

Waiting for Santa crochet Christmas Holiday stocking

Peace Love Frog


Black Cats in Witch Hats Halloween Dog Bandana

Sew Amazin 

Lizard In Hunters Green Canvas Print

Colleen Cornelius 

Wire Wrapped Spiral Necklace with Green Pendant

Crafting Memories 

Silver Birds Green Seaglass Pearl Women's Necklace and Earrings Set

Lady Green Eyes Jewelry 

Green Garnet and TierraCast Tree Spirit 14k GoldFilled Dangle Earrings

Kats All That 

Labradorite Necklace with Pendant chunky beaded wire wrap silver

watercolorsNmore 

Ivory Handmade Big Hole Lampwork Glass Bracelet Bead With Teal Band

Covergirl Beads 

Crocheted Sage Green ArtYarn Scarf w matching Cuffs

Magdalene Knits

Light Olive Sage Green Pearl Rococo Shell Pendant Necklace Earrings

The Singing Beader 

Green Boho Earrings with Polymer Clay Beads

Blue Morning Expressions 

Copper Tree of Life Yggdrasil Earrings

Shadow Dog Designs 

Ruby in Zoisite Gemstone Beaded Necklace

Dianes Dangles 

St. Jude Chaplet Bracelet

Pretty Gonzo 

Emerald Swarovski Crystal Earrings

LinorStore 

Fiddlehead Fern Giclee Print From Original Painting

MarciaMcKinzieArt 

Green Statement Necklace

Blonde Peach Jewelry 

JOHN DEERE 317 GARDEN TRACTOR AND 49 SNOWBLOWER HANDMADE BIRCH

Kevs Krafts 

Don’t see what you are looking for? Maybe you will find it in some of the following showcases or ask one of our talented artists to design something special for you.
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3

Here are more shopping opportunities for you:

O Holy Night
The First Noel
Hurry because handmade sells out fast, and when they are gone, they are gone! Buy now.
Enjoy!
Julie