Something a bit different … yes, I listen to more than “classical”. :-)

(I’m just home from New York, so I’m posting this at 11:59 PM EST, but of course it’s well past the new year in parts of the world, so there’s that! I guess I could have posted it much earlier and pretended I was in Australia, right?)

Hey Rosetta! New Year Song

lend me a walking stick and i’ll lean on it
and i’ll walk on out through the snowbound yard
past the neighbours on the lawn, drinking last year out
i’ll leave this town, cut the year off clean

cauterized by leaving, sick and tired of living last year

roll out the tarmac and baptize the aircraft ‘escape and loss’
and push me off

the cold can bleach us out and freeze our doubt
so all that you knew becomes muffled and mute

i’m done with this all this standing stiff
when i move my mouth only snow comes out

euthanized by whiteness but i’ll arise, despite this last year

so roll out the tarmac and baptize the aircraft ‘escape and loss’
and push me off

should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?
should old acquaintance be forgot, and old lang syne?

for auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne.

Bright Morning Star, arr. Shawn Kirchner
PopUp Choir #11; Tom Trenney, Conductor; Taylor Quinn, Baritone Soloist

Jacobus Handl Gallus: Pater Noster
Komorni Zbor Megaron; Damijan Mocknik, Director

Voctave sings with the songwriter Mark Lowry on his song “Mary, Did you Know?”

Music: Buddy Greene; Lyrics: Mark Lowry

Kim André Arnesen: Cradle Hymn
Nidaros Cathedral Girls’ Choir; Anita Brevik, Conductor

Oslo Fagottkor/Celine Hristov – Jeg er så glad hver julekveld

ENGLISH LYRICS TRANSLATION

1. I am so glad each Christmas Eve,
The night of Jesus’ birth!
Then like the sun the Star shone forth,1
And angels sang on earth.

2. The little Child in Bethlehem,
He was a King indeed!
For He came down from heaven above
To help a world in need.

3. He dwells again in heaven’s realm,
The Son of God today;
And still He loves His little ones
And hears them when they pray.

4. I am so glad on Christmas Eve!
His praises then I sing;
He opens then for every child
The palace of the King.2

5. When mother trims the Christmas tree
Which fills the room with light,
She tells me of the wondrous Star
That made the dark world bright.

6. She says the Star is shining still,
And never will grow dim;
And if it shines upon my way,
It leads me up to Him.

7. And so I love each Christmas Eve
And I love Jesus, too;
And that He loves me every day
I know so well is true.

Traditional Norwegian Christmas Carol available on our CD To Whom We Sing.
Arranged to Kammerkoret NOVA by Andrew Smith.
Text: Marie Wexelsen
Melody: Peder Knudsen
Title in English: I am so glad each Christmas eve
Conductor: Elisabeth Holte

1. I am so glad each Christmas Eve,
The night of Jesus’ birth!
Then like the sun the Star shone forth,1
And angels sang on earth.

2. The little Child in Bethlehem,
He was a King indeed!
For He came down from heaven above
To help a world in need.

3. He dwells again in heaven’s realm,
The Son of God today;
And still He loves His little ones
And hears them when they pray.

4. I am so glad on Christmas Eve!
His praises then I sing;
He opens then for every child
The palace of the King.2

5. When mother trims the Christmas tree
Which fills the room with light,
She tells me of the wondrous Star
That made the dark world bright.

6. She says the Star is shining still,
And never will grow dim;
And if it shines upon my way,
It leads me up to Him.

7. And so I love each Christmas Eve
And I love Jesus, too;
And that He loves me every day
I know so well is true.

Todd: My Lord Has Come
Atlanta Master Chorale; Dr. Eric Nelson, Conductor

Maria durch ein Dornwald ging
Janacek Conservatory

Sibelius (arr. Sofia Söderberg): Julvisa (Giv mig el glans)
Svanholm Singers; Sofia Söderberg Eberhard, Conductor