Blog Caroling

Blog Caroling – The Little Drummer Boy

Posted on December 21, 2018 in Blog Caroling

  Posted today for Footnote Maven’s traditional blog caroling event, held every year at Christmas time by the genealogy blogging community. You can see her 2018 announcement here .   My first encounter with the carol, “The Little Drummer Boy,” occurred while I was in high school, with the release of the initial 1958 recording by the Harry Simeone Chorale. […]

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Blog Caroling – Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella

Posted on December 20, 2017 in Blog Caroling, Christmas

Per Wikipedia, “Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella” is a carol that originated in the Provence region of France in the 17th century. It refers to two female farmhands who discover a mother and son in a stable. They tell the village residents, who all come to visit the stable. Again, according to Wikipedia, children in this region dress as shepherds […]

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Blog Caroling – O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Posted on December 22, 2016 in Blog Caroling

  Per Wikipedia, the words and the music of “O come, O come, Emmanuel” developed separately. The Latin text (“Veni, Veni, Emmanuel) is first documented in Germany in 1710, whereas the tune most familiar in the English-speaking world has its origins in 15th-century France. It was adapted by T. Helmore, 1811-1890 from a 1st Mode Responsory in a 15th century […]

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Blog Caroling – In Old Judea

Posted on December 23, 2015 in Blog Caroling

In Old Judea is the first new (as in not one of the traditional) carol I learned as a child in the children’s choir of St. Margaret Mary’s RC Church in Essington, Delaware Co., PA–back in the early fifties. It’s one of my favorites. You can hear the music of In Old Judea played on YouTube at and you […]

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Blog Caroling – Mary’s Boy Child

Posted on December 22, 2014 in Blog Caroling

I first heard this carol when I was in high school and listening to a Harry Belafonte Christmas album.  I fell in love with it, especially the way he sang it. Later our church began incorporating this carol into the Christmas liturgy, for which I was very grateful as I enjoy singing it as well as listening to it. You […]

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