Christmas carols have a lot of verses
By Judy Evans
November 28, 2017 7:01pm CST
My second last post was about the old man who was sick of hearing Christmas carols. I’m not fussed about Christmas carols either. In a previous life Vince and I played in brass bands and at Christmas time there would be a number of engagements which would involve playing carols. At one time we were living in Esperance on the south coast of Western Australia and a long way from any other big towns. That year we played at carol services in four nearby tiny towns and once in a shearing shed. It was always difficult to find players and especially someone to conduct the band. I was conducting at the time for better or worse but when we played carols I always had trouble trying to remember how many verses we had played. For instance, Good King Wenceslas has five. I couldn’t hear the singing and try as I might I’d lose count of the number of verses. But I soon learnt not to worry. The players knew exactly how many verses we’d played and when they’d played the requisite number they stopped and if I was quick enough I’d stop waving my arms around and stop with them. It was a fail-proof system.
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• East Tawas, Michigan
That's awesome! Our adult band put on a Christmas concert, each year. I got too busy, so decided to quit for a few years. What instruments did you play? I play the trumpet:) We would play through each Christmas carol twice!
• East Tawas, Michigan
@JudyEv Good for you, music is a big part of our life! I can't spell flugelhorn, but that's an instrument our instructor put me on, its tone is lower than the coronet. I played French-horn in concert band, which I loved above all the rest. Piano? Organ? I'm mediocre, for sure.
I am also not a fan of Christmas carols. I remember that one Christmas, in Monte-Carlo, we bought a CD of French Christmas carol, we played in during the Christmas lunch. There was one carol that was so sad and depressing (La Légende de Saint Nicolas - St. Nick legend) that almost made me cry. The CD spoiled my Christmas lunch.
• Riga, Latvia
Sounds like you had it all planed out just right. The radio begins Christmas carols and songs in the beginning of December and it goes on all month. Then sometimes they continue a bit in January and by that time I don't want to hear any more.
• Bunbury, Australia
It was just that I had a much wider musical background and knowledge. I had studied piano for years so could read bass and treble clefs, knew all the musical terms, etc and really there was no-one else. I only did it for a couple of years until a 'real' conductor came along.
• United Kingdom
I love Christmas carols, I think it's because you don't hear them often (or we don't in the UK) that when one is played it brings back happy memories (of before the days when every boy band in existence had a 'novelty' Christmas tune played on the radio throughout December!)