Wednesday, December 24, 2008

O, Helga Natt

As those who know me well can attest, I'm neither a Father/Son/Holy Ghost believer nor a fan of the schlocky Christmas music that all the restaurants and retail stores insist on playing from Halloween to New Years. I also am not a big fan of the tenor voice and generally would much prefer to hear a good bass-baritone. However, this version of "O, Holy Night," sung in Swedish by the late Swedish tenor Jussi Bjorling, is a piece of Christmas music to which I can happily listen over and over again. Hearing this particular version of this lovely tune makes me think that maybe there is something holy about this night after all, although I might disagree with my Christian friends about the source of that divine nature. Even if you're not a fan of Christmas, Christmas music, or operatic voices, I suggest that you give this one a boy scout try. Merry Christmas to all my blog friends!

P.S. The last time that I posted a Jussi Bjorling song, I didn't blog again for a month. This time, however, I plan to return to the blogosphere in a few days!


Barbara said...

The really good music is the part of Christmas that lives on for me. It almost makes it worthwhile going through the other not-so-pleasant aspects of this holiday season.

I wish you an enjoyable relaxing Christmas and a very happy new year.

Reya Mellicker said...

Merry Christmas, dear Adrianne!

Owen said...

The only reason I never mind going to the Lovefeast is the last three songs. "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name" gets me every time. Maybe because it is last and I know I get to leave after. Just kidding, that is my favorite hymn.

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

tut-tut said...

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to you!

Merle Sneed said...

Great music touches the human spirit, regardless of our religious leanings. My best wishes, my friend.

Barry said...

How many times can you hear something to the point of wanting to bang your head against a wall to make it stop, only to stumble upon a fresh new version that also has the power to move you?

Well, obviously, in my case, one more time.

Thanks Adrianne, that was beautiful.