The Virtual Musical Advent Calendar, December 24: Silent Night

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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 Burt Likko says:

    Silent Night ranks only a small fraction of a point below Ave Maria as the most beautiful religious music, out of the very ample corpus of beautiful religious music out there. I don’t understand what you’ll do to top it tomorrow, but of course I’m in a pleasing state of anticipation.Report

  2. Avatar Jaybird says:

    Happy Holiday, everybody. May your own personal war on Christmas be victorious tonight.Report

  3. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    We treated music like other families treated sports.

    “I thought you guys went to the symphony.”

    “Tod got thrown out for booing the woodwinds.”Report

  4. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    (This is, as far as I know, a true story.)

    Back in the 20s there was a group in New York called the Algonquin Round Table, after the hotel where they used to gather to eat, drink, play poker, and try to top each other at being witty. They were famous writers and performers in their day. You might know some of their names (Harpo Marx, Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley, George Kaufman), while others have become almost wholly obscure (Alexander Wolcott, Heywood Broun, Franklin Pierce Adams). Some of their jokes are absolute classics:

    Wolcott arrives holding a copy of his latest book, gloating “Ah, what is so rare as a Wolcott first edition?” Kaufman skewers him with “A Wolcott second edition.”

    Benchley, who’s been spending a lot of time with his latest theatrical protege, apologizes for being late for a poker game, explaining “I’ve been cuing Helen Rogers.” Broun pipes up “No baby talk at the table.”

    Anyway, one night this group of cynics, roués, and reprobates were discussing music, and they decided to vote on the greatest song ever written, by secret ballot. They each wrote down their choice, and, as a hat was passed around the table, placed their folded answer inside. When the votes were counted, every one of them had chosen Silent Night.Report

  5. Avatar aaron david says:

    Stille Nacht. It is even prettier in the original Deutsch.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGA6djLsDgs

    Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays!Report

  6. Avatar Michael Drew says:

    I have that Brubeck album. One of the best holiday records ever made.Report

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