Category: Religion & Philosophy

the metaphysical and speculative

Christmas 4

This one’s included for my parents.

It’s a pity it is called the “perfect” version because that is boastful … and yet, it’s a very good version all the same.

“The Little Drummer Boy” (originally known as “Carol of the Drum”) is a popular Christmas song written by the American classical music composer and teacher Katherine Kennicott Davis in 1941.

First recorded in 1951 by the Trapp Family Singers, the song was further popularized by a 1958 recording by the Harry Simeone Chorale; the Simeone version was re-released successfully for several years and the song has been recorded many times since.

In the lyrics the singer relates how, as a poor young boy, he was summoned by the Magi to the Nativity of Jesus. Without a gift for the infant the little drummer boy played his drum with Jesus’ mother, Mary’s approval; recalling, “I played my best for Him” and “He smiled at me.”

[Much of the text for these carols comes from Wikipedia.]… More here ...

Christmas 3

Still not really getting the Christmas season off to a start but we’re nearly there.

Seriously, it’s near impossible to find a decent version of Joy to the World without “celebrities” grandstanding, Mariah Carey murdering it or some other horror.

I found two reasonable versions, one by Libera, a boys’ choir:

… and one by an Eastern European girls’ choir, though methinks they’ve snuck a couple of boys in there as well:

Not a bad way to kick off the Christmas carolling season.… More here ...

Christmas 2

The Boar’s Head Carol is ancient compared to most of the carols for Christmas. It was written in Middle English and titled, “The Bores Heed in Hande Bring I” and wasn’t considered a Christmas Carol except for the custom of eating your finest meal at Christmastime. In that way, wild boar became associated with Christmas.

Oh dear, will we ever become serious about this carolling? Maybe tomorrow evening.

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Bringing politics into sport

An amusing enough article at the Beeb [who wish to teach kids about fake news] but the implications are still interesting:

‘I don’t think I would be allowed’ – Mourinho on Guardiola’s ‘political message’

Guardiola has recently worn a yellow ribbon – a symbol of protest against the imprisonment of pro-independence politicians in the Spanish region of Catalonia.

He dedicated City’s Champions League win over Napoli last month to the campaigners.

Mourinho said: “If the rules allow us to do that, he is a free citizen. My doubt is if the rules allow any political message on the pitch.

“I don’t think I would be allowed to.”

Had to smile at Mourinho who has to have a match against Guardiola coming up, otherwise he wouldn’t bother. Jose’s usual mindgames at work but what are the rights and wrongs of what he says?

A certain revered reader says we must separate the spiritual and political as if they’re two entirely different things, when in fact Jesus of Nazareth was quite political indeed and it was for political reasons the Romans allowed the Jews to kill Him.… More here ...

The Christmas programme

It’s taken me a couple of hours to put it together, even using many of the offerings from last year which were too good to leave out this time round. The difficulty was getting the order of the music right, starting with the lighter hearted and ending with a fairly OTT number at King’s College.

The first evening’s offering is on Wednesday, December 13th, and the twelfth is on December 24th, all offerings being at 18:00. They’re called Christmas 1, Christmas 2 etc.

They will replace [* please see comments section for a late change to this] Sunday jazz and Tuesday classical during that time [this Sunday’s and Tuesday’s being the last for two weeks]. I’ll not post the programme here ahead of time, to create a bit of anticipation perhaps, but will follow it on Boxing Day with the programme and links, should you wish to go back.

Just finished listening to [testing] all twelve and they work at this stage of proceedings.… More here ...

Jerusalem – here we go

‘He’s declaring war on 1.5 billion Muslims’: Trump will recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital TODAY despite international fury from the Pope, Britain, Russia, China and Palestinians

I say bring it on.

Last post until tomorrow evening

As this is the start of the big one, the three posts scheduled for this afternoon, evening [on the Mitford sisters] and tomorrow morning are held over until Friday.  Next post from me is tomorrow, Thursday evening, at 18:00.

Some pre-readingMore here ...