Joy To The World-Cello

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Dec 252012
 

I’ve become a huge fan the cello, and someday I’d love to take lessons. This is performed as a multi-track recording by Sharon Gerber. It really showcases what a dynamic instrument the cello can be in the right hands. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas Day and that the New Year is your best ever.

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxG3hSoGAmE]

O Holy Night-Piano

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Dec 252012
 

I stumbled across Chris Commisso’s YouTube channel some time back. He doesn’t his own arrangements of carols and hymns, and does a great job with arrangements and the performance. This is his arrangement of the old standby, “O Holy Night.” I love this carol and especially this arrangement. It’s totally true to the original tune, but with just enough embellishment to really showcase this pianist’s talents.

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGyrqUWfsa4]

Still, Still, Still

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Dec 232012
 

Maybe my favorite Carol. This version is performed by Aled. I first heard this song performed by the Tampa Gay Men’s Chorus when I lived down here the first time in the Tampa Theater. Things weren’t great in my life at the time, but I remember looking up at that blue lighted ceiling with the tiny lights in it as stars, and I finally felt like things would be OK. This one is worth taking a few minutes out of your day to hear.

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZL-B2B-aB0]

Joy to World-Piano

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Dec 212012
 

This is a piano arrangement of Joy To World I found on YouTube which is pretty good. It’s one of the great classics and had been performed in nearly every combination of voice and instruments imaginable, so it’s never been hard to find one more really good one. I hope you enjoy this few minutes.

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-XxzQ-BRbM]

Go Tell It On The Mountain – Amazing Organ Version

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Dec 172012
 

This is an amazing organ version of the old classic, “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” played on the organ in the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City. The pedal work is beyond outstanding. You have to see it to believe it.

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_HdrywerGE]

Good King Wenceslas-Unbelievable Organ Arrangement

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Dec 152012
 

This is a really cute and amazing organ arrangement played on the Mormon Tabernacle organ. I believe the arrangement is by the organist. It’s really fun to try to see how many other Christmas songs he managed to slip into it. In addition, it an amazing showcase of his skills and the capabilities of that organ. I hope you enjoy.

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8EYtirfF4I]

Carol of the Bells-The Muppets

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Dec 112012
 

I confess, I love the Muppets. I have since I was a kid, and I’d still watch their show if it was on. Here’s a version of Carol of The Bells with a few of their more interesting characters. Yes, it’s cheesy, but that’s what makes it fun, and isn’t that a whole lot of what the season is supposed to be about? Take a minute, and put a smile on your face. You won’t be able to help yourself.

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysIzPF3BfpQ]