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):
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The Franz Family
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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,