Advent Carol for December 20: In The Bleak Midwinter

In The Bleak Midwinter is maybe the prettiest tune of all, as long as you make sure to listen to the Gustav Holst setting of Christina Rossetti’s poem rather than the less lovely tune by Harold Darke, which dates from 1911 rather than Holst’s 1906 and therefore is definitely a pale imitation of the original. Sorry, Harold Darke, but there it is.

Actually tomorrow’s carol might be the prettiest of all. I’ll let you make your own mind up.

Advent song for December 1: Happy Christmas, Tom!

This is one of my favourites, and as well as it being a good song to start with, Tom is a good person to start with, because he is EVERYONE’S FRIEND. I have almost never met anyone as kind, open, generous and without side as Tom: when Tom looks happy to see you, it’s because he’s happy to see you, and he’s always happy to see you. He also looks after my little sister like a big brother, and although she already has one big brother, there’s nothing wrong with having a spare.

Happy Christmas, Tom. I don’t know which tune you prefer, so have one of each:

Advent song for December 14

The folksy edge in Bert Jansch’s voice turns this song into something completely different from other, more traditional, versions of it. Which is not to say I don’t like the traditional versions just as much, but this is a pop advent calendar, approximately, so it suits our purposes better. And I do like a bit of guitar on a bluey-grey Monday.