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A great way to get into the holiday spirit through music is to attend the New York Sings celebration at St. Patricks Cathedral. They usually have several choirs from the metro area, a childrens chorus, the St. Patricks choir, and a brass band all backed up by the massive organ in the rear of the church.
With the Cathedral decorated for the season and the close proximity to Rockefeller Center and the tree, it is wonderful Christmas experience. During the concert ushers come through the assemblage and hand out candles for the finale where the lights are turned down and with lit candles the attendees form a processional out onto Fifth Avenue, a truly memorable experience.
This year it will be held on Thursday, December 15th at 7PM. If you go and want to get good seats, get there around 6. A good place to meet friends is on the front steps at the Fifth Avenue entrance, the people watching there is great and you never know who you might run into.

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Colleagues:

 

  At the risk of getting obscure, my favorite Christmas CD is "Noels Celtiques" by the "Ensemble Choral du Bout du Monde".  This Celtic Christmas music from Brittany is just about the most beautiful thing I have ever heard.

 

  It is available from Green Linnet Records.  I always keep multiple copies on hand to give out as gifts.

 

- Bill '66

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Is that Brittany Spears?
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Fresh from Advent Sunday Procession and Carols, yesterday at 4 at St. Thomas, 53rd&5th,  I'd like to remind the live music crowd about the SThomas  awesome Lessons and Carols at 4pm on Sun 12/18.  Need to be inside before 3:30 for reasonable seating.Great way to end a afternoon of ogling midtown in it's splendor. 

Fordham Choirs sing Lessons and Carols this Sat 8pm at St. Paul the Apostle, 59St. and again Sunday 12/4 at University Church(campus) at 3pm.


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Dear Francis,

 

  No, that is Brittany, France.  If you had been paying attention to Sr. Rosaria, you dunce, you would know that when you face East at Rockaway, there is more land on the other side of the water.

 

  We will not put you in the dunce row this time.  You have spent too much time there already, and we need the desk for Mr. Nicholson.

 

- Bill '66

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Hey Web Guy,

 

This nasty b+st*d isn't following the new guidelines.

Must be another reactionary.

 

As for Mr. Curatolo,

 

Sister Rosario, on those infrequent occasions when she was awake, was an inspiring teacher.  During those interminable post school hymn practices, she would inspire me to sing while pounding the back of my skulls with her knuckles and screeching "Sing you big dummy!"  After a new notes, she would alternate to "Shut up you old froggy!" while kneugging the top of my noggin'.

 

And, I'm sure Mr. Nicholson's seat in Dunce Row was, (much like a table a Rao's),  reserved for him on a daily basis.

 

As for Brittany France, never heard of her.  Is she blond?

 

Be good,

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I'm surprised nobody has mentioned anything from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, especially Faith Noel or Christmas Canon Rock.

 

KK 

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I'm surprised nobody has mentioned anything from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, especially Faith Noel or Christmas Canon Rock.

 

KK 

 

I wish I'd hear OTHER cuts from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and OTHER cuts from the various artists' albums featured on the radio.

 

The playlist at WLTW in NYC as of now seems to be limited to about 15-20 songs. Miss a song now and the songs will repeat in about an hour.


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I have always liked "O Come O Come Emmanuel", although it is an Advent song rather than a Christmas song.

 

It is hard for me to pick a favorite Christmas carol/song ... I guess I like them all! 

 

In the secular songs category, I always enjoy hearing Keith Richards cover of Chuck Berry's "Run Rudolph Run" at least once each Christmas season.  "Santa Baby", sung by Eartha Kitt, written by Javits & Springer, reminds me of the commercial aspects of Xmas a.k.a. Christmas.  I could do without Alvin and the Chipmunks contribution to the sounds of Christmas.

 

I recall that "Little Drummer Boy" was the Christmas favorite of Terry Lahiff, MCHS '71.

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Does anyone remember a "New Wave" Christams song called "Christmas Rapping" by The Waitresses. I need to hear that at least once in the season.

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"Mary, Did You Know ?"-- beautiful and moving

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Mary Did You Know is a favorite of our choir. Also - Mary had a Baby. Yes Lord -  but my favorites from childhood  - O Little Town of Bethlehem - sung by my dad and his brothers (they were their own barbershop quartet) and O Holy Night.  Silent Night sung in German by my daughter at the candlelight service on Christmas eve.

 

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I remember Christmas Rapping...I actually saw the Waitresses one year at The Peppermint Lounge.

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"Grandma got run over by a Reindeer, walking home from our house Christmas Eve. Now, you can say you don't believe in Santa, but as for me and Grandpa, we believe".

One Christmas morning years ago, I went next door to my recently arrived neighbor from the Bronx. Noticing a Raccoon had walked across the patio in the snox (damn, just CAN'T get that word out), I got an idea. Went home, got some raisins, sprinkled them about the footprints and knocked on her door. "ROSE, Merry Christmas! I see Santa was here last night!" She asks how I know and I say "Look, those are Reindeer tracks". She asks how can I tell, to which I point at the raisins and exclaim that they had pooped on the patio. "How do you know that's Reindeer poop"? Bending over, I take a couple in my hand and say "Well it looks like Reindeer poop. Snifffff, it smells like Reindeer poop." Finally, popping them into my mouth and chewing I say, "Yep, that's Reindeer poop all right"! It was soon after I noticed she began drinking. Heavily!

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Bob, I repeat, you are too funny................and bad too!

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