21 December 2008

Silent Night, Redux

Bennie posted a list of his top ten Christmas tunes, and asked for readers to post their favorites.

I just can't.

Two years ago, I had 36 versions of Silent Night in iTunes.

This year, I'm up to 39. It's more than two hours of Silent Night, or, too much to burn to one music CD. It's a sickness, I tell you.

The funny thing about it is that if you start playing 39 version of Silent Night in a row, it takes people a while to catch on. Because the song is so sweetly innocuous and the renditions are all so very different, they don't realize what's happening to them.

Not all songs are so insidious. Once upon a time, my husband was doing some woodworking in the cellar at my mother's house. There are speakers down there, but they're connected to the stereo in the living room. David Garland was on the radio, on WNYC, playing nothing but covers of the Hawaiian War Chant. After a while, W. came out of the cellar in an altered state. I long to recreate that but I only have seven versions of the Hawaiian War Chant. Can anyone help me out?


Kirsetin Morello said...

Sorry, can't help with the Hawaiian War Chant. But I am LOVING iTunes genius this year - helping us mix up our favorite selections a bit. Enjoy your many versions of Silent Night - I bet that's lovely.

painted maypole said...

i couldn't even hum it for you.

shrink on the couch said...

no ideer.

flutter said...

phd in yogurtry just made me snort

Isis said...

I'm glad you posted about this again. We have had your "Silent Night" mix out this season, and it has been a huge hit. My mother listened to it all the way through while baking cookies, and we have it interspersed into the holiday playlist, too, where none of us were able to identify Stevie Nicks.

Hope you're well!

Mayberry said...

We discovered this weekend that we have enough holiday music to play for about 12 straight hours.

And yet, I haven't heard one of my favorites yet-- Crosby's Mele Kalikimaka. Total nostalgic bliss.

Kyddryn said...

I wish I could help...but I haven't even got one rendition of the War Chant. Sigh.

I like to play the Trans Siberian Orchestra Christmas CDs over and over, but am often thwarted by other folk' desire to hear the more usual stuff. Oh, well.

Shade and Sweetwater,

The Library Lady said...

WFMU (I miss listening to their Irish music radio show) has got their own version: 61 versions of "Tico Tico" @ " http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2005/11/61_versions_of_.html"

I don't use ITunes (I have an IBM computer and a Sansa MP3 player) but Amazon.com has about 150 different MP3 tracks for the "War Chant". I still like Spike Jones' version best :}

The Library Lady said...

PS: Forgot to mention that WNYC has the Garland show to listen to. Not sure if you can download it.

Waiting Amy said...

I love Silent Night too. But my favorite couldn't go on your iPod.

My oldest brother used to be in the NYC Gay Men's chorus. For their holiday concert they did Silent Night -- all the verses, plus one in Spanish, then the last one in American Sign Language -- it was so beautiful.

Janet said...

Silent Night, 36 times...love it!

Woman in a Window said...

I think this might just be a new form of evil genius!

Anonymous said...

Is the Hawaiian War Chant anything like throat singing? ;-)

Silent Night is one of my favorites as well.

Merry Christmas to you and yours!