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man¡± a huge hit in 1951.
Even the great geniuses of American musical
theater, Rodgers and Hammerstein, gave us
some great Christmas tunes with ¡°My Favorite
Things¡±, from the 1959 Sound of Music. In the
stage version, Maria sings a duet with her Mother
Superior in the covenant, listing the many things
in her life she could not give up as a nun - whis-
kers on kittens, brown paper packages tied up
with string¡­.
When it comes to Christmas recordings, here
are some of our family favorites: A Very Special
Acoustic Christmas by assorted artists, My Kind
of Christmas by Christina Aguliera, Go Tell it
on the Mountain by The Blind Boys of Alabama,
When My Heart Finds Christmas by Harry Con-
nick, Jr, Yule B¡¯ Swingin¡¯ by assorted artists, and
of course the timeless classic of all classics, The
Christmas Song by Nat King Cole.
George Frideric Handel composed the oratorio,
¡°Messiah¡± in 1741, and the ¡°Hallelujah¡± chorus
is perhaps one of the most celebrated works of
the Christmas season. There is a story told about
this chorus... that Handel¡¯s assistant walked in to
Handel¡¯s room after shouting to him for several
minutes with no response. The assistant reported-
ly found him in tears, and when asked what was
wrong, Handel held up the score to this move-
ment and said, ¡°I thought I saw the face of God.¡±
My prescription for the holiday season is to ¡®eat,
drink, and be merry¡¯ - eat rich but healthy, drink
in moderation, and merrily enjoy the simple
beauty of the songs that celebrate the reason for
the season.
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My Christmas Music Prescription
If laughter is the best medicine, then I¡¯d like to
think music is a close second. Not having the op-
portunity to study music as a child, I discovered
around the age of 18 that I actually play music by
ear, which is a blessing and a curse. I must con-
fess that my love for music, specifically playing
the piano, borders on problematic. Most days if
I¡¯m running behind I can blame it on the irresist-
ible gravitational pull of that glorious black and
white keyed beast that lives in our living room.
When I¡¯m too busy to help with supper, again the
piano is impugned. If the jazz bars would have
me and I could pay the bills, I¡¯m afraid medicine
might become my hobby.
Listening to music is equally appealing. Mo-
zart helps the infant brain grow and the college
student score higher in math. Whether it¡¯s Beatles
or Stones, Rock or Country, Jazz or Classical,
music can lift the spirit, infuse the soul and send
us flying. Have you ever seen someone singing in
the car, smiling, oblivious to the hubbub around
them? Or, how about after your first breakup,
when somehow every song on the radio seemed
perplexingly written just for you.
The Christmas season brings with it some of
our favorite music, and to my wife¡¯s delight, my
children and I start practicing around September.
Not that we need the practice, but it¡¯s a good
excuse to cover up our sentiment. The classics, so
jazzy and light, so uplifting and spiritual ¨C aaah,
there¡¯s a reason they are classics. Being a music
buff, I¡¯d like to share some little known history of
a few Holiday favorites.
Austrian Catholic priest Joseph Mohr penned
one of the most beloved and well-known songs,
¡®Silent Night¡¯, in 1818. The church pipe organ had
broken and Franz Gruber hastily composed the
music for a tenor, a bass and two guitars. That
same night it was heard for the first time at Mid-
night Mass. The song quickly became a favorite
around Austria, then the world, and it was the
1850s before the anonymous composers knew of
its success.
¡°Gloria in Excelsis Deo¡± was called from peak to
peak on Christmas Eve by shepherds in the south
of France, announcing the birth of Christ. The
song, ¡°Angels We Have Heard on High¡± was first
published in a carol collection that dates to 1855.
¡°Joy to the World¡±, penned in 1719 by English
hymnist and cleric Isaac Watts was based on
Psalm 98 in the Old Testament. The ¡°Carol of
the Bells¡± was originally a Ukrainian folk song
intended to be sung a-capella, celebrating the joy-
ous bounty of the season.
¡°Adeste Fideles¡± was written in France around
1750 by British exile John Francis Wade, and a
century later British clergyman Frederick Oakeley
turned out the English version, ¡°O Come, All Ye
Faithful¡±. He translated the song because he felt
if congregations had good literary texts to sing,
they would sing well.
Modern day composers, such as Johny Marks
who wrote ¡°Rockin¡¯ Around the Christmas Tree¡±,
¡°A Holly Jolly Christmas¡± and ¡°Rudolph the Red-
Nosed Reindeer¡±, provided the songs for legend-
ary singers like Nat King Cole and Bing Crosby,
who made the Christmas songs into classics. Judy
Garland made ¡°Have Yourself a Merry Little
Christmas¡± famous in the 1944 film Meet Me in
St Louis. Gene Autry wrote ¡°Here Comes Santa
Claus¡± and his singing made ¡°Frosty the Snow-
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Some tips for staying
safe and healthy when
temperatures drop:
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-Get your car ready
for cold weather use
before winter arrives.
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the weather service
has issued advisories.
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emergencies, includ-
ing power outages.
-Wear appropriate
outdoor clothing:
layers of light, warm
clothing; mittens; hats;
scarves; and water-
proof boots.
-Be prepared to check
on family and neigh-
bors. If you have pets,
bring them inside.
If you cannot bring
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shelter and unfrozen
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