Monday, December 24, 2018

"Silent Night" is 200 Years Old. Today.

"Silent Night" was first performed on December 24, 1818.  That's 200 years ago, today.  I know you needed to know this, so I'm telling you.  You're welcome ;-)

If you don't know the history of this beloved Christmas hymn, here's a nice article relating it.

Here are some of my favorite renditions that I listen to every year:







Do you have a favorite rendition of "Silent Night"?

10 comments:

  1. That's awesome that it was 200 years ago today! I did not know that!

    My favorite version is this Gaelic one by Enya:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMjCwCubFeQ&list=PLLrHCf8iYn2FBSI7-aGkCkjUi2Dj3E3hl&index=2&t=0s

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    1. Jessica, I hadn't heard that one before! How lovely. Thanks for sharing it! I haven't heard much by Enya since leaving college.

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    2. I'm glad you liked it!! Isn't Enya wonderful?

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    3. Jessica, I must admit I enjoy Enya as background noise or in small doses, but am not what you'd call a fan.

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  2. That is incredible. It is such a beautiful song!

    One of my favorite versions is the Cherish the Ladies:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=iMPsgzNu4jM

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    1. Thanks for sharing that one, MC! I hadn't heard it before either. Very pretty :-)

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  3. I like all of these. I usually prefer Dean Martin -- but for this song, I have to put Bing at the top, followed by Elvis, then Deano and Darin.

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  4. "Silent Night" is a special song to me! My parents didn't become Christians until I was about 3, and at the time my mother didn't really know any hymns or Christian songs-except for Christmas ones. So, since she wanted to sing to us about Jesus, "Silent Night" was her go-to lullaby song she'd sing to us every night before bed. It has such lovely memories associated with it, and I always feel peaceful (and a bit sleepy!) whenever I hear it. :)

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    1. Hayden, that's so cool! It works beautifully as a lullaby. I sang "Away in a Manger" to my kids a lot when they were littler for a lullaby, which is also technically a Christmas song, but hey.

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