The Virtual Musical Advent Calendar, December 20: Good King Wenceslas

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Tod Kelly

Tod is a writer from the Pacific Northwest. He is also serves as Executive Producer and host of both the 7 Deadly Sins Show at Portland's historic Mission Theatre and 7DS: Pants On Fire! at the White Eagle Hotel & Saloon. He is  a regular inactive for Marie Claire International and the Daily Beast, and is currently writing a book on the sudden rise of exorcisms in the United States. Follow him on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Jaybird
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    I admit: this is my favorite of the various carols. My preferred rendition is the old man strong baritone trading verses with the boy soprano and I was going to find a youtube of such but I listened to the Beatles version and, I’ll be darned, if they didn’t do a good job capturing what I liked about it even as they were goofing off.Report

  2. Avatar greginak
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    Happy Winter Solstice btw. And to the readers in the other hemisphere, Happy Summer Solstice.Report

  3. Avatar Maribou
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    Where I’m from, every Christmas there is a holiday performance by various choirs, the symphony, some dancers doing bits of the Nutcracker, etc. – in the very large theater that seats 1100 people and is *always* sold out for that one performance.

    Mostly, it is a performance, but there is also about a half-an-hour carol sing. So, every year, the choir leads the entire audience in King Wenceslas, low voices on the low part, high voices on the high part.

    I grew up thinking 1100-person harmonies were just what one *did* this time of year…Report

  4. Avatar J@m3z Aitch
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    I’m amazed how well Finnish rhymes in English.Report

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