It’s December 1st today, and Christmas is just around the corner. If you’re like me, as you’ve enjoyed singing carols year in and year out, you come across songs and lyrics and realize, “I have no idea what I’m singing about, but hey, it feels good to be a part of this tradition of music.” Like who is “Good King Wencelass”, why are the “Three Ships” important, where did the “drummer boy” come in to the Christmas story, and what is up with all the ridiculous types of birds, like turtle doves, French hens, and partridges.
There is such a beautiful tradition of music surrounding our holiday of Christmas, and it is my goal this Christmas to be a better informed carol singer. Long gone will the days be when as I sung a carol tune I would wish I knew the context of the song.
Join me as we explore together the beautifully rich tradition of music that stretches back to the time of Christ. We will explore the backdrop to some well known carols that everyone is familiar with, and lesser known ones as well.