Friday, August 19, 2011

Christmas In August

Behold! It's the time of year when I dig out my Christmas tunes and start practicing them in earnest. This is a brief post, sharing some of the music that I'm focusing on this year. The best thing about Christmas 2011 music? I get to play these with Sonya, my harper friend. We're going to make a CD for family gifts (thank you, Multi-Track GarageBand.)

So, here are a few examples of what we're working on, an eclectic mix of mp3 and midi. Midi files are wretchedly electronic, but midi was all that was available for several of these. Alas. At least you'll get an idea of what the carols/hymns sound like, if you're not familiar with them.


Laudate Nomen Domini - new for Sonya and me, a big challenge with the different parts.

'Twas In the Moon of Wintertime - a little fancier (vocal) version


St. Basil's Hymn - a snippet, but at least it's a longish snippet.


Carol of the Bells - a dulcimer-friendly version that will take me all the way to December 1 to learn, probably.

We have all the traditional tunes, of course. And a good thing, too, because we can only learn so many new ones.

By the way, if you would like to listen to some excellent dulcimer music, visit Hammered Dulcimer MP3. It's where I found several of those mp3s up there.

Overheard on Twitter: Kid, to me: "You're as old as Kourtney Kardashian." Let me set the record straight, people: I'm closer to KIM's age. (Every month counts.)

Until next time. . .