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


  1. Normally, I'm a huge Pentatonix fan so I expected to like their version the best. BUT NO! It's very dreary. And the soloist in The Franz Family version has no soul whatsoever behind those cold, blank eyes. So my vote is going to ThePianoGuys and their nice instrumental version.

    1. Confession: I laughted out loud when you said "has no soul whatsoever..."

      THE PIANO GUYS! Thanks, Debra! Merry Christmas!

  2. I've always liked this song.

    These are all very good versions. Winners all. But if it's going to come down to one that gets my vote, tonight at least it's going to go to The Franz Family. I think their version has such a haunting sound. And I'm digging some newgrass sounds.

    A vote for Franz Family.

    Tossing It Out

    1. Newgrass is a great word! Why didn't I know that?

      Thanks, Arlee!


  3. Howdy, DOC MacSIS ~
    Prayers are always greatly appreciated. (So is a million dollar$ received as a free gift. ...But I can settle for the prayers if the dollar$ are out of the question.)

    Great song! I've always dug it.

    I liked the instrumentation in The Franz Family version, but did not care for the vocals much. All of that last-note shifting from soprano to super-soprano was a bit nails-meet-chalkboardy to me.

    For my tastes, the Pentatonix version was a bit too slow.

    THE PIANO GUYS? Now that porridge was just right.

    Merry Christmas and a Peaceful 2018 to ya, Doc!

    ~ D-FensDogG
    STMcC Presents 'Battle Of The Bands'

    1. Off topic: what is wrong with this darn computer?? I get one comment in and it freezes up on me? AHHHHHHHHHH.

      Merry Christmas, Hugs, and Laughter in 2018. AND A VOTE FOR PIANO GUYS!

  4. Pentatonix was a little too much like elevator music. The Piano Guys were good. But I'm going with The Franz Family. They looked country but didn't sound country.

    And I was really impressed how the microphone picked up the singers in The Franz Family considering how far away from it they were.

  5. Very different versions. I liked the first one best. Unless TSO's version is an option, then I'd pick that one for sure.

  6. Such a diversity of styles! The Franz family's arrangement was good, but the vocals, not so much. I also felt that Pentatonix's style was ill-suited to this song. The Piano Guys, on the other hand, did it beautifully! Please give my vote to them.

    Here's hoping you find the joy and banish the holiday funkdom. ♥ Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  7. Merry Christmas, Cherdo!

    This was an easy decision for me. The Piano Guys get my vote. The Franz Family vocals weren't anything special and the tempo was too fast. Pentatonix just didn't deliver like I hoped. Have a blessed holiday season, dear friend!

  8. The singer with The Franz Family sounded like her voice was cracking. Pentatonix, who normally I really like, just didn't sound right doing this; I think they need a better arrangement. The Piano Guys did a nice, tasteful version, so they get my vote.

  9. Every year on Christmas Eve when we sing this hymn in church, I get chills because I love it so much. I vote for The Piano Guys because I'd love to hear them in person.


  10. I'm not one to vote against The Piano Guys - unless you pit them against One Republic, then its a tough choice. And if this battle was instrumental only - well, The Franz family would give them a close battle.

    I did not care for Pentatonix.

    Because I don't think instruments alone can impart the true meaning of this song, I'm voting for Franz family. They are truly talented, and the minor hitch in the lead singers voice did not turn me off the song. What a beautiful rendition they gave.

  11. Just not big on Pentatonix, I know, put down the pitchforks. Plus the vocalist on FF reminds me of our visiting nurse at work. #1 for me. Piano was nice, too.

  12. The Piano Guys have my vote. I actually like the words, but not the first two renditions here.

  13. I go for the Piano Guys became it was warm, haunting and sweet. I like be the words to this as well but I didn’t care for the first one and I am not a fan of Pentatonix

  14. I will vote for the Franz Bros. Happy Holidays

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo