Advent: December 14th, 15th and 16th

I’ve had a busy couple of days and now I’m ill so I’ll just link up the last two days which I posted on LiveJournal (I actually get comments there so it seemed more important to post).

December 14th – Silent Night

December 15th – Modern Christmas Songs by female artists

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas has quite a tale to tell and I’m both excited and a little disappointed to tell it to you. The version we all know and love is not the original, but I think the original version doesn’t exist as a song, from what I understand.

It was written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane for the musical Meet Me in St Louis and was sung by Judy Garland. The original lyrics were considered too depressing by the main cast and director and were changed. Notably this verse was amended:

Have yourself a merry little Christmas, it may be your last,
Next year we may all be living in the past
Have yourself a merry little Christmas, pop that champagne cork,
Next year we will all be living in New York.

The video for Judy Garland’s version wouldn’t allow me to embed it, so here’s a link http://youtu.be/jNAyZNzLCuQ

The one everyone is bound to recognise is by Frank Sinatra and was a modified version which has become more popular than the original. It is considered the third most popular Christmas song by some.

Here’s Frank!

A version by James Taylor which I rather enjoyed.

There’s quite a few other versions out there, here’s just a few.

Katie Melua http://youtu.be/VxhS1gYpsxA

I’m not a big fan of Coldplay so I was surprised to actually enjoy this version, I didn’t love it, but it was pleasant enough. http://youtu.be/sMF8KZ5Woyw

A heavier version by John Sloman, though for the most part it’s not too different to other versions. http://youtu.be/Tdj7dPZLeJ8

Beres Hammond’s version which I’m not very sure about, not sure it really works, but it’s worth a listen…maybe… http://youtu.be/j14dy3lmT8o

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