Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Stolen Angelic Voices

They called it a derivative in 1862. Today, it might be called plagiarism. None the less, the copyright laws declare this carol a derivative work that is wholly owned by James Chadwick, Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle.

This carol is almost the exact same as it was in the 1800s. The words were written to the music of a French song titled Les Anges Dans Nos Campagnes. The music is not only the same, the lyrics are a rather loose interpretation of the French to English. That is why this is considered a derivative work – there are too many similarities to let it stand on its own.

Chadwick made some changes to the work and gave it a new title, but that still does not make it totally a new, original work. A Scottish Gaelic has been made of a translation of the English translation of the French. Whee!

The carol is based around the Gospel of Luke’s telling of the Christmas story. It specifically speaks of the meeting between shepherds and angels.

It did not take long for this carol to become a favorite among the West Country faithful.

Today, the song is most commonly sung to the hymn tune Gloria arranged by Edward Shippen Barnes.

Here is our  English version of

Angels We Have Heard on High     

Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o’er the plain
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be?
Which inspire your heavenly songs?

Gloria

Come to Bethlehem and see
Christ Whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee,
Christ, the Lord, the newborn King.

Gloria

See Him in a manger laid,
Jesus, Lord of heaven and earth;
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,
With us sing our Savior's birth.

Gloria

Let me tell you why I chose REO Speedwagon Smile 

Growing up, I lived in a town where Dan Folgelberg’s dad was our band director. Ruth of RSS Designs in Fiber didn’t live too far from where I grew up, and she had a chance to watch Dan perform quite often. I digress.

My little town also had a recording studio called Golden Voice Recording Studio where our neighborhood kids took their bands to cut records, and EVERYONE had a garage band back then.

REO Speedwagon, Styx and John Prine were all standards at our 4-H fairs and such because they were local and we were cheap.

This rendition of Angels We Have Heard on High is the first thing I have heard from REO Speedwagon that has not been driven into the ground in my memory, so it’s good to share something from a group that figured prominently in my formative years. We just lost Gary Richwrath, REO founder, two years ago. It’s been a long time since the days of 4-H fairs. I think they did a great job with this carol, and I hope you enjoy it.

Now, let’s shop! We only have a couple more weeks and the Countdown to Christmas 2017 comes to an end.  Time flies.


Bird Nest Fiber Art Doily

RSSDesignsinFiber 

        

Coral and Orange Art Glass Plate with Stringer Accents

Resetar Glass Art 


Pumpkin Patch Hanging Dish Towel With Hand Knit Topper and Ties

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Ammonite Fossil Pendant Necklace

SolanaKaiDesigns 

Autumn Mums Dog Bandana

SewAmazin 

Justice Word Necklace

Pretty Gonzo 

Whimsy Rainbow Barn Original Watercolor

WatercolorsNmore 

Dark Topaz Swarovski Crystal Earrings

Magdalene Jewels

Double Horn Necklace,

Blonde Peach Jewelry 

Southwestern Stained Glass Business Card Holder

2GlassThumbs 

Distressed Organic Brown Handmade Polymer Clay Beads

Blue Morning Expressions 

Antique Copper Heart Lady's Wrist Watch

Lady Green Eyes Jewelry 

Silver mist Jasper Pendant with Artistic Jasper

Kats All That 

Fairy Tales Wedding Favor Tags

Adore by Nat 

Cappuccino Jasper Oval Gemstone Pendant

The Singing Beader 

Etched Light Brown Lampwork Glass Beads

Covergirl Beads 

Boho Gold Topaz Earrings

Linorstore 

Zen Necklace

Shadow Dog Designs 

Custom tree painting original impressionistic watercolor batik

Marcia McKinzie Art

Picture Jasper Gold Black Onyx Beaded Bracelet Memory Wire Wrap Earth-Tones

Diane’s Dangles 

Vintage Walnut Colored Wooden Dominoes

Butterfly in the Attic 

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The First Noel
Silver Bells
Jingle Bells
O’ Come all Ye Faithful
Angels from the Realms of Glory
While the Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
O Come O Come Emanuel

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Enjoy!
Julie

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Latin for the Masses

Today’s Christmas hymn is steeped in tradition and in history. Without going into the entire history, suffice it to say, this hymn was written for Advent and Christmas based upon Veni, Veni, Emmanuel, which is based upon the O Antiphons. These antiphons are used during the last few days of Advent and on the same days in Catholic Mass.

It was translated into English in 1861, as well as other languages such as German. The traditional singer, like Loreena McKennitt, uses the Latin version of this song, which gives it a majestic and sober sound. The version I chose of this song is by Enya, and even though she sings a combined version, she also gives it a very sober and reverent sound. Lyrics are interchanged among a number of English versions with a touch of Latin.

Latin

Veni, veni Emmanuel!
Captivum solve Israel!
Qui gemit in exilio,
Privatus Dei Filio,
Gaude, gaude, Emmanuel
nascetur pro te, Israel.
Veni o Jesse virgula!
Ex hostis tuos ungula,
De specu tuos tartari
Educ, et antro barathri.
Gaude, gaude, Emmanuel
nascetur pro te, Israel.
Veni, veni o oriens!
Solare nos adveniens,
Noctis depelle nebulas,
Dirasque noctis tenebras.
Gaude, gaude, Emmanuel
nascetur pro te, Israel.
Veni clavis Davidica!
Regna reclude coelica,
Fac iter Tutum superum,
Et claude vias Inferum.
Gaude, gaude, Emmanuel
nascetur pro te, Israel.
Veni, veni Adonai!
Qui populo in Sinai
Legem dedisti vertice,
In maiestate gloriae.
Gaude, gaude, Emmanuel
nascetur pro te, Israel.

English

O Come O Come Emmanuel

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here,
Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan's tyranny;
From depths of hell Thy people save,
And give them victory o'er the grave.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel


Shall come to thee, O Israel.
O come, Thou Dayspring, from on high,
And cheer us by Thy drawing nigh;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death's dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Key of David, come
And open wide our heav'nly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.


O come, Adonai, Lord of might,
Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai's height,
In ancient times didst give the law
In cloud and majesty and awe.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

As we head into the final weeks of the countdown, don’t forget that handmade sells fast, so if you see something you want for your stocking or want to give as a gift, now is the time to grab it.

Yellow Flower Doily with Double Ruffled Lace

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Dragonfly Necklace Dragonfly Locket

Treasures of Jewels 

Neon Yellow Cover fits the Silhouette Cameo

Simple Embroidery Sew 

Tie Dye Doggie Bones Pocket Tissue Holder,

Sew Amazin 

Sparkling Yellow Gold Dichroic Glass Earrings

Resetar Glass Art 

Lemon Yellow Tangerine Orange Vintage Czech Glass Bead Bracelet

Shadow Dog Designs 

Owl Earrings

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Fickle Lady Multi-colored Tear Drop Glass Necklace

Umeboshi 

Lemon Drop Chain Necklace

Blue Morning Expressions 

Traveling Route 66 California Desert Canvas Print

Colleen Cornelius 

Floral Necklace for Mom

Blonde Peach Jewelry 

Yellow Baby Elephant Water Bottle Labels for Baby Shower Party

Adore by Nat 

Bali Diamond-Swarovski Citrine-Chartreuse Gold Chandelier Earrings

Kats All That 

Acid Yellow Lampwork Beads

Covergirl Beads 

Sunflower Abstract Acrylic Impasto Painting on 6x6 inch Cradled Board

MarciaMcKinzieArt 

BumbleBee Jasper Teardrop Sterling Pendant Necklace Black Leather Cord

Diane’s Dangles 

Yellow Necklace

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Newborn Girl's Yellow Crocheted Sweater & Maryjanes 0 3 mo

Magdalene Knits 

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O Holy Night
The First Noel
Silver Bells
Jingle Bells
O’ Come all Ye Faithful
Angels from the Realms of Glory
While the Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day


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Enjoy!
Julie

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

A Bitter Divide Drove a Man to Pen a Poem

This Christmas carol has a lot of sadness attached to it, but it was written in an attempt to bring hope to the rest of the world at a time when everyone was so divided.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, an American poet, writes from the depth of his deepest despair to bring us the poem that became a beloved Christmas carol.

At this time in his life, he faced the loss of his wife of 18 years to a tragic fire, and the loss of his son as his son took up arms for the Union during the Civil War against his father’s wishes. While his son survived, he was severely injured during the Battle of New Hope Church in Virginia during the Mine Run Campaign in December of 1863.

As Mr. Longfellow embraced his sorrow and watched the country become torn from the bitter fight between the states, he sat down and wrote about his feelings.

His poem Christmas Bells speaks of the sadness that he felt whenever he heard the sounds of the bells chiming. Since there was no peace between men, they reminded him that the land was divided. He said that the hate was strong and mocked the song of peace on earth and goodwill to men. Luke 2:14

In conclusion, he decided that the sound of the bells may bring hope for peace among men.

Mr. Longfellow wrote this poem on Christmas Day in 1863 right after the Mine Run Campaign. It was first published in 1865 and included the verses regarding the Civil War that we normally do not sing when we sing this song. Here is the original poem:

Christmas Bells

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,

and wild and sweet
The words repeat

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom

Had rolled along
The unbroken song

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Till ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,

A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,

And with the sound
The carols drowned

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent,

And made forlorn
The households born

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
"There is no peace on earth," I said;

"For hate is strong,
And mocks the song

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!"

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;

The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,

With peace on earth, good-will to men."

The poem got its music in 1872 and was titled I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day. It has had a couple musical accompaniments attached to it over the years, but the one most commonly heard is the one from 1956 when Johnny Marks of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer gave us the version that Bing Crosby and others recorded.

While we normally hear the version by Marks, the original from 1848, the Calkin version, is still sung by more traditional singers like Johnny Cash or the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Here are the lyrics that we sing today:

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men

I thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along the unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men

And in despair I bowed my head:
"There is no peace on earth," I said,
"For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men"

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth he sleep,
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men"

Till, ringing singing, on it's way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime,
Of peace on earth, good will to men!

I SO miss this lovely voice and have for many years. May her voice bring you joy.

As we head into the final weeks of the countdown, don’t forget that handmade sells fast, so if you see something you want for your stocking or want to give as a gift, now is the time to grab it.

Fused Dichroic Glass Cufflinks

Resetar Glass Art 

Black and White Potholders or Hot Pad Set of 2

RSSDesignsinFiber 

Adjustable Shambala Style Crystal Black Bracelet

Lady Green Eyes Jewelry 

Hand Knit Marvelous Marble Black and White Super Scrubby

HollyKnitterCreation 

Reusable Grocery Bags

Sew Amazin 

Owl Wood Wall Hanging Portrait Handmade From Oak Or Birch

Kevs Krafts 

30 Days of Horses ACEO 2

Gunilla Wachtel

Black and White Necklace and Earrings Set

Blue Morning Expressions 

Magic Show Favor Tags with Boy Magician, Personalized

Adore by Nat 

North Star Handmade Dichroic Fused Glass Pendant with Cubic Zirconia

Umeboshi 

Glossy Black Handmade Lampwork Beads

Covergirl Beads 

Black Onyx Diagonal Frame Earrings

Shadow Dog Designs 

Treble Clef Leather Cord Choker

The Singing Beader 

Chainmail Bracelet, Unisex Jewelry, Diamond Shape

Crafting Memories 


Black Clip on Earrings

Blonde Peach Jewelry 

Bat Mitzvah Kippah Womans Kippah Kippot Yarmulke Women Chapel Cap

LinorStore 

 

Black and White Giclee Print from Original Painting

MarciaMcKinzieArt 

Jumping Horse Statue Canvas Print

Colleen Cornelius 

Crochet MaryJanes w Flower Motif Merino Wool Infant 6 9 mo

Magdalene Knits 

Halloween Ivory Skull and Spiderweb Dangle Fashion Spooky Earrings

Kats All That 

Square Hematite Gemstone Fine Silver Dangle Crystal Earrings

Diane’s Dangles 

Don’t see what you are looking for? Maybe you will find it in some of the following showcases or ask one of our talented artists to design something special for you.
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Here are more shopping opportunities for you:
O Holy Night
The First Noel
Silver Bells
Jingle Bells
O’ Come all Ye Faithful
Angels from the Realms of Glory
While the Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night

Hurry because handmade sells out fast, and when they are gone, they are gone! Buy now.
Enjoy!
Julie