Friday, December 22, 2017

BOTB Results: "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel"

Wow, that was a great battle between The Franz Family, The Piano Guys, and Pentatonix. And I was a little surprised at the two that kept the race close: The Franz Family and the Piano Guys! Seriously, Pentatonix scared the mistletoe outta me, fearing they'd run aware with it. They're everywhere!

Final Scores:
Franz Family 6
Pentatonix 1
Piano Guys 8

My own thoughts on the choices:  Love them all. The Franz Family are new to me, but I was pleasantly surprised 

So, let those little boys (look above - they can't be more than 6 or 7 inches tall) play us out once more: 

Check out the results on everyone else's blog and spread the Christmas love while you are at it. I'll be back on the 15th of the New Year  - how about you? I'm praying it will be less hectic, more peaceful, and you all will be practically bragging about how great life is treating ya! 

Merry Christmas to all!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Battle of the Bands: O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Tis the season to be doing the BATTLE OF THE BANDS - EMMANUEL STYLE!

As always, this love fest is the product of my friends, FAE (never absent in my heart, always in my prayers) and Stephen T. McCarthy (praying for totally different reasons, ahem...) and I'm taking part once a month on the 15th, and returning on the 21st with results. That's where you come in!

For this month's humble offering, I'd like to share different versions of one of my favorite Christmas-y songs:  "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel."  In fact, one of the ways I measure my December 2016 funk level is to look at the Battle of the Bands song I chose: "Baby, It's Cold Outside" is a sign of low holiday effort on my part. Now you know my dark, inner most secret: holiday funkdom.

Back! Back! Let no funkdom raise it's head!! Onward to tune-dom!

The origins of this hymn go back to the monasteric heydays of Latin lovers (that's lovers of Latin, as opposed to Latin lovers...let me assure you I have experience with the language affictionados only...not sure that is something I should boast...veni, vidi, vici...), with the original version being sung seven days before Christmas Eve as part of the 'O antiphons,'  then "the eighth antiphon, “O Virgo virginum” (“O Virgin of virgins”) would be sung before and after Mary’s canticle, the Magnificat (Luke 1:46b-55)."  A little more info from the source...go ahead, click it. Dont' be afraid. 

Let's get this show on the road (to Bethlehem): 

The Franz Family



Three different styles of a great song; surely, one of these can win your vote? Hey, you don't even have to listen to words on the third one! Could I be any more accommadating?  Vote in the comments below and I'll be back here on the 21st with PLENTY of time for all the "Merry Christmas" wishes and New Years warnings. 

Don't leave my peeps miss out of the fun - go check out their battles, too.  Go on...go! They have busy lives and they need to get this show on the road. We ain't getting any younger.

Till then, I'm flippin' out in a jingley bell way,
Hugs, Cherdo