Thursday, December 21, 2017

Blog Caroling - Downunder Style

Footnote Maven aka LindaRae Palmer was one of my first online genimates. Each year Footnote Maven challenges we genies to blog or post to Facebook our favorite Christmas Carol for her Blog Caroling activity. Read all about it here and please join in. 

I first participated in 2010 and, because the carols I nominated then remain my favourites I am editing and resharing that post for 2017.

Blog Caroling - Downunder Style

In Australia where Christmas falls in our hot and humid summer we sing traditional carols and Christmas songs about snow and mistletoe and open fires with gusto.

My favourite carols are those that are written with our Australian conditions in mind. I recently blogged about Six White Boomers - one of my favourite fun Christmas songs. Another favourite is Aussie Jingle Bells in a Rusty Holden Ute.

We also have some beautiful  Christmas carols. One of my favourites, because it conjures up memories of a solo sung by my angelic, blonde six year old son surrounded by classmates in his school's Christmas concert many years ago, is The Silver Stars are in the Sky. There a a few versions of this carol on Youtube, I am posting one by The David Jones Choir, the choir members are staff of Sydney's iconic department store, David Jones.

In case you feel like singing along here are the lyrics:

The Silver Stars are in the Sky
Words: John Wheeler.  Music William G James

The silver stars are in the sky,
The red-gold moon goes riding high,
O, sleep my little one sleep!
  Once long ago, against her breast,
A mother rocked her child to rest,
Who was the Prince of Heav'n above,
The Lord of happiness and love.
O, sleep, my little one sleep!
  The boobook calls across the night,
The brown moths flutter in the light,
O, sleep, my little one sleep!
  In Bethlehem long, long ago,
When roads and paddocks gleam'd with snow;
On this same night, that mother mild,
Lull'd into dreams her royal child.
So, sleep, my little one, sleep!

Another favourite that conjures up images of our red, dusty plains is "The North Wind is  Tossing the Leaves". This Youtube version is by Bucko and Champs who have posted a great collection of Australian Christmas Music on Youtube.

The North Wind
 Words: John Wheeler.  Music William G James

The north wind is tossing the leaves
the red dust is over the town
The sparrows are under the eaves
And the grass in the paddock is brown
As we lift up our voices and sing
To the Christ child the heavenly king.
The tree ferns in green gullies sway
the cool stream flows silently by
the joy bells are greeting the day
And the chimes are adrift in the sky
As we lift up our voices and sing
To the Christ child the heavenly king.


Linda Stufflebean said...

Both are beautiful songs and new to me. I have enough trouble feeling like it is Christmas in Tucson - with highs of 25C expected on Christmas. Hot and humid would be over the top! Thank you for sharing Downunder style Christmas.

Jane Taubman said...

Just a quick note to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas, hear in the south west of England it's not too cold at the moment and little grey, but with the long dark nights and the festive lights it's beginning to feel like Christmas.

Nancy said...

I am a little embarrassed to admit that I did not know that Australians had different Christmas carols than we commonly sing in the U.S. and Europe. They are beautiful and I love how the lyrics include the environment of your Australian summers. Thanks so much for sharing.


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