Friday, December 24, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas Songs: Where they came from week 4

In 1847, Placide Cappeau de Roquemaure was comissionaire of wines in a small French town. People knew him for his poetry, not for his attendance at Church. It was a big shock when the parish priest asked him to write a poem for Christmas mass. He felt honored to share his talents with his Church.
Cappeau was thinking about the poem the priest had asked him to write, while in a dusty stage coach. It had to be religious, and had to focus on Christmas. He flipped through the gospel of Luke and read the Christmas story. By the time he got to Paris, the poem had been completed. The song was Cantique de Noel. He was moved by his own work and thought his song was more then just a poem, it should be a song.
Since he wasn't good with music he turned to a friend, Adolphe Charles Adams, and asked for help.
Adolphe studied the Cantique de Noel. He agreed quickly and set to work on a original score for the song. The song was preformed three weeks later, on the Christmas Eve mass.
The song is O Holy Night.

Here are the lyrics

O Holy night, the stars are
brightly shining;
It is the night of our dear savior's
Long lay the world in sin and
error a pining,
Till he appeared and the soul felt it's worth.
A thrill of hope, the weary world
For yonder breaks a new and
glorious morn.

Fall on your knees, O hear the
angel voices!
O night divine, O night when
Christ was born!
O night, O night, O night

Led by the light of faith serenely
With glowing hearts by his
cradle we stand.

So led by light of a star sweetly
Here came the wise men from
the Orient land.
The king of kings lay this in
lowly manger,
In all our trial born to be our


Truly he taught us to love one
His law is love and His Gospel
is peace.
Chains shall He break for the
slave is our brother
And in His Name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful
chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy


I like this song!!!!!!! :)

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Christmas Songs: Where they came from Week 3

Oops! I got forgot to do this, but here it is!

Twenty-five-year-old Joseph Mohr was an assistant priest in St. Nicholas Church in Oberndorf Austria. In 1818, during a very cold winter, he was making last minute preparations for his Christmas service, one he'd been planning for months. Everything was in place. But he had one tiney problem (well actually it was a very big problem, but back to the story) St. Nicholas's organ wouldn't play. Frantic he messed with the old instrument for hours. He fiddled with the keys, stops, and pedals, even crawled behind the console to see if he could find the problem. But no matter what he did, the organ stayed silent. He realized he could do nothing. So he prayed to find a way to bring music to the congregation. In 1816, Mohr had written a Christmas poem, and he remembered that and rushed to his office. He found the poem and decided to use it. He was really happy. He run and took it to the thirty-one-year-old school teacher, Franz Gruber. He gave it to the teacher and was very agitated since it was getting close to the service. He begged Franz to write music the choir could easily learn. Franz agreed to the challenge. Mohr rushed back to the church, leaving Franz with his thoughts, the ticking of the clock, and inspiration.
A few hours later they met at the St. Nicholas Church. The choir members were waiting for their rehearsal. What could have taken weeks was memorized in a couple hours. They sang it in front of the congregation.
Now, two hundred years later it's one of the most popular Christmas song in the world.
Silent night


Silent Night. Holy Night!
All is calm. All is bright.
Round yon virgin, mother and
Holy infant so tender and mild.
Sleep in heavenly peace.
Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent Night. Holy Night!
Shepherds quake, at the sight.
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia,
Christ the savior is born!
Christ the Savior is born.

Silent Night. Holy Night.
Son of God love's pure light.
Radiant beams from Thy Holy face.
With the dawn of redeeming grace.
Jesus, Lord at Thy birth.
Jesus, Lord at Thy birth.

Friday, December 17, 2010

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

*WARNING! CONTAINS SPOILERS!* Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Wow, it was awesome. The story is great, the acting incredible. But....there weren't many Narnians in this one and not many battles. :( Though, Lucy was awesome with her sword, and bow and arrow. :) Her acting was great in this one. :) She was very good at the emotional scenes, such as crying. Edmund's acting was good too. He also cried right and made emotional bonds correctly. Such as with Prince Caspian. That was one of my favorite parts. And Eustace, he was hilarious. Always yelling and fainting and turning into dragons. :) I liked that he and Reepicheep had a funny relationship. :) The fight scene with the serpent was cool too! Though I don't get it when it opens up, showing it's guts (Yuck.) It was cool when they rammed it against the rock. :)
The temptations part was quite interesting. Lucy had trouble with wanting to become beautiful and Edmund wanted gold to be rich and be the King of Narnia. Prince Caspian got angry, thinking Edmund wanted the throne of Narnia. They almost dueled but Lucy stopped them by yelling at them. They all gave up on the temptations and fought them off. They arrived at the gate to Aslan's land. There, Reepicheep decided to leave Narnia. Eustace got really sad, along with Edmund, Caspian, and Lucy, who gave Reepicheep a hug. (The first and only.) Then he left, over the big wave.
Aslan told Lucy and Edmund their time in Narnia was over. Lucy realized he meant this was their last time in Narnia, forever. Edmund, Eustace, and Lucy gave a tearful goodbye to Prince Caspian and Aslan. Before they left Eustace asked if he was coming back. Aslan replied- "We may yet have need of you in Narnia."

Then they went into the portal in the big wave, their last glance of Narnia, was Aslan and Caspian, standing on the beach. :) This movie was super sad in the end. I had to stop myself from crying. :)

Monday, December 6, 2010

Christmas Songs: Where they came from Week 2

Next is What Child Is This?

What Child Is This is one of the best Victorian songs ever written. Some say this song's lyrics were written by King Henry. Unfortunately we don't know who wrote this one either. :(
This is one of my favorite. :)


What Child Is This?:

What child is this, who, laid to rest,
On Mary's lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthem sweet,
While Shepherds watch are keeping?
This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and angels
Haste, haste to bring him laud,
The babe, the son of Mary.

Why lies he in such a mean estate
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christian, fear; for sinners here
The silent Word is pleading.
Hail, Hail, the Word made flesh,
The babe the son of Mary

So bring him incense, gold, and
Come, peasant, king to own him.
The King of kings salvations brings,
Let loving hearts enthrone him.
Joy, Joy for Christ is Born
The babe, the son of Mary.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Christmas songs: Where they came from

I'm going to do one for each week of advent. :) This weeks song is Angels We Have Heard On High.
It has been argued that the song has been written by a French Priest or someone in western Europe. Even today no one knows who wrote it. Only a very dedicated person who wanted to share it with there friends wrote it. :) (At least that's what we know.) I think we can all agree that this is a great song. :)
Here are the lyrics.

Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o'er the plains
and the mountains in reply
Echoing there joyous strains

Gloria in excelsis Deo
Gloria in excelsis Deo

Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
Say what may the tiding be,
Which inspire your heav'nly song?


Come to Bethlehem and see
Him whose birth the angels sing;Come, adore on bended knee
Christ the Lord, the newborn King.


See within a manger laid,
Jesus, Lord of heav'n and earth!
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,
With us sing our savior's birth.