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Sing We Joyous

by Terence P. Minogue & American Voices

Sing We Joyous is an amazing collection of very old and very new Christmas Songs. It tells the story of Christmas from many viewpoints, with an upbeat, joyful sound.
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1. Wake up to Christmas Morning
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2. Deck the Halls
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3. The Sheperds' Carol
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4. This Endris Night
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5. The Seven Joys of Mary
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6. We Three Kings
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7. The Huron Carol
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8. Three Wise Men
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9. That Special Grace
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About the music
SING WE JOYOUS is collection of Christmas songs that are old and new.

1. Wake Up To Christmas Morning by Terence P. Minogue
This song was written in June 2018, during a hot week, with the spirit of Christmas in mind.

2. Deck the Halls - Traditional melody, lyrics by Thomas Oliphant
The melody belongs to an ancient Welsh winter carol, "Nos Galan." The English lyrics were written by the Scottish musician Thomas Oliphant in 1862.

3. The Shepherds' Carol by William Billings (1746 –1800)
Billings was the first American choral composer. Although he worked as a tanner, his first love was music. He was a strong proponent of liberty for the American Colonies, and idolized George Washington. His strong patriotism and disdain for royalty can be heard in the words of The Shepherds' Carol.

4. This Endris Night - 15th Century English Carol
This carol is known for having unusually soft and gentle lyrics for its era. There are about 25 known verses that still survive. Here is how they looked when written:
Thys endris nyȝth
I saw a syȝth,
A stare as bryȝt as day;
And ever among
A mayden song
Lullay, by by, lullay.

5. The Seven Joys of Mary - Traditional Medieval Poem & Traditional British Hymn
This carol about Mary's happiness at moments in the life of Jesus, was inspired by a Catholic devotion. Although not written for Christmas, over the years has become a Christmas carol. The tune is based on "Kingsford," an old English tune usually associated with "O Sing a Song of Bethlehem."
Marrying "Kingsford" to these lyrics has recently become popular among Celtic singers, especially Loreena McKennitt's "The Seven Rejoices of Mary".

6. We Three Kings by John Henry Hopkins (1820 - 1891)
In 1857, while teaching at the General Theological Seminary in New York City, Hopkins wrote "We Three Kings" for the school's Christmas pageant. Because it was so well received, Hopkins decided to include his song in a book of Hymns he was publishing. The carol continued to grow in popularity both in America and England and became the first American Christmas carol to achieve worldwide popularity.

7. The Huron Carol by Jean de Brébeuf (1593-1649
English Words by Jesse Edgar Middleton (1872-1960)
The Huron Carol is Canada's oldest Christmas song. It was written in 1642 by Jean de Brébeuf, a Jesuit missionary to the Hurons in their native tribal language. The original Huron title is "Jesous Ahatonhia" ("Jesus, he is born"). The melody is from a French folk song, "Une Jeune Pucelle" ("A Young Maid"). The English words were written in 1926 by Jesse Edgar Middleton.
The nativity story is told in terms of Huron religious concepts. In the song, Jesus is born in a "lodge of broken bark" and wrapped in a "ragged robe of rabbit skin". The Three Kings are called "chiefs from afar" and they carry "gifts of fox and beaver pelts. The English version uses the Algonquian name for God: Gitchi Manitou.

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