Hello, everyone. Welcome back to the countdown.
A vintage Christmas card image found on Pinterest. (Image found online. Original source unknown.)
Time to add some soul to the countdown. Today’s song is another well loved classic but this one dates back to the middle of the 19th century. It is based on the French poem “Minuit, chrétiens” (“Midnight, Christians”) by Placide Cappeau & was set to music by fellow Frenchman, composer Adolphe Adam.
In 1855 it was translated to English by American classical music critic, John Sullivan Dwight. Both versions of the song celebratate the religious aspect of the holiday. And today’s R&B master recorded my favorite male rendition of this track in 1983. It is just stunning.
“Led by the light
of Faith serenely beaming
With glowing hearts by
His cradle we stand“.
The front & back of Al Greeb’s 1983 albun, “White Christmas”. (Image found online. Original source unknown.)
Al Green: “O Holy Night” (1983, written by written by Adolphe Charles Adam and John Sullivan Dwight).
What are some of your favorite Christmas songs?
Until next time, happy listening!!!