Carol

We are participating tonight in the Nanaimo Carol Festival, a wonderful community concert with nine different local choirs and lots of in-between carol singing. I think my favourite song in the repertoire of the choir I accompany this year is a new arrangement by Jordan Sparkman of “Here We Come A-Caroling” published this year. On this night of caroling for us, it feels like the right piece to share here.

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Jingles

It seems my mom is not satisfied with just choral music on this December tour of carols and has requested some instrumental and ‘less formal’ pieces. Since her wish is my command here this month (!!), here is the Annie Moses string band with a rousing version of “Jingle Bells”. Enjoy, Mom.

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Only In Sleep

Ēriks Ešenvalds’ setting of Sara Teasdale’s nostalgic poem, “Only In Sleep” was recently recorded by the Choir of Trinity College Cambridge under the direction of Stephen Layton. The result is simply stunning.

Only in sleep I see their faces,
Children I played with when I was a child,
Louise comes back with her brown hair braided,
Annie with ringlets warm and wild.

Only in sleep Time is forgotten—
What may have come to them, who can know?
Yet we played last night as long ago,
And the dollhouse stood at the turn of the stair.

The years had not sharpened their smooth round faces,
I met their eyes and found them mild—
Do they, too, dream of me, I wonder,
And for them am I too a child?

Sara Teasdale (1884-1933)