This is a very unique gift from the Singing Sergeants. Two of our newest members (Technical Sgts. Hannah Rigg and Daniel Anderson) improvised this arrangement of “O Holy Night” in a ‘pop’ style. Our brilliant vocalist/pianist/assistant conductor (Technical Sgt. Taylor Armstrong) followed the vocalists’ lead and improvised his part to complement the phrasings and harmonizations of the soloists. We hope you enjoy it!
…Pete tangent…rant alert!
We make an effort to appeal to everyone with our diverse musical selections. When we look at reality-music television (The Voice, American Idol, etc.) there is an undeniable demand and appreciation for performers that can grab our attention and astound us with their talents. While some may prefer a more ‘traditional’ approach to this Christmas classic, I encourage you to listen to this with an open mind, and that while this may be different, this is quite an exceptional performance. By the way, these same musicians recorded classical music minutes prior to laying this down this track…I don’t know how many of today’s “born-in-one-season” pop stars can keep up with that…
Carol of the Bells
“Carol of the Bells” is a popular Christmas carol, composed by Mykola Leontovych with lyrics by Peter J. Wilhousky. The song is based on a folk chant known in Ukrainian as “Shchedryk“. Wilhousky’s lyrics are copyrighted, although the original musical composition is not. The song is recognized by a four-note ostinato motif.
Our incredible celtic ensemble “Celtic Aire” presents “I Saw Three Ships”
A little Wikipedia backstory:
I Saw Three Ships (Come Sailing In)” is a traditional and popular Christmas carol from England. A variant of its parent tune “Greensleeves“, the earliest printed version of “I Saw Three Ships” is from the 17th century, possibly Derbyshire, and was also published by William Sandys in 1833. The lyrics mention the ships sailing into Bethlehem, but the nearest body of water is the Dead Sea about 20 miles away. The reference to three ships is thought to originate in the three ships that bore the purported relics of the Biblical magi toCologne Cathedral in the 12th century. Another possible reference is to Wenceslaus II, King of Bohemia, who bore a coat of arms ‘Azure three galleys argent’*. Another thought was the three kings that came to baby Jesus.
Back in 1580, you would have known this song…here is a “Lute Carol”
On the sixth day of Christmas…
Here’s the latest album from The US Air Force’s Concert Band and Singing Sergeants. This was another great opportunity to work with some incredible people, conduct the chorus and produce the album from start to finish.
Check out the web article here: Air Force Blue ready for “Take Off”.
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