Christmas music is an important and pervasive aspect of the season. The music at mass thankfully goes up a notch, and Mrs. Dr. J. and the lil resident’s favorite radio station (the maudlin love song station, you know, the one with Delilah, is replaced with 24/7 Christmas music). Also, the little ones are getting ready for their Christmas Concerts which range from a a mix of fun and uplifting spiritual music, like at the Jedi Academy, to scrubbed secular favorites with a token Hannukah song thrown in so as not to affect the delicate sensibilities of secular atheist liberals who want to assuade their guilt about supporting Palestinian terrorists against the Jewish State at the public and secular humanist private schools.
So, as his present to you this Christmas Season, Dr. J. has picked 12 of his favorite Christmas Songs, and will be playing the hits, one each day for the next 12 days. He certainly hopes that you enjoy them. But if you don’t it simply means you have no taste, we will drag you back to the Castle where you will be subjected to ‘Puter singing Klingon opera while The Czar recites Vogon poetry.
Number 12 goes out to our twitter buddy @fwoodbridge that tweeted a few weeks ago, “Any one here like Charpentier?” Why yes, Dr. J. has not only heard of M.A. Charpentier, but had the privilege of singing his Christmas Midnight Mass back in High School Choir.
For those not in the know. Mark Antoine Charpentier is a 17th century French Baroque composer. He was actually The Czar’s neighbor back in pre-revolutionary France. He is most famous for the prelude to his Te Deum.
Dr. J.’s favorite piece from the Messe de Minuit pour Noel (Christmas Midnight Mass) is the Kyrie. It is a layered and complex piece with beautiful intertwining vocals that are both haunting and joyous at once.