An oldie from the 1980 television special “John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together” comes this version of “Silent Night.”
It is one of our favorite versions of the song not only because of the simplicity of the music and vocals (which make it easy to sing along with) but also we love the history of the song as told by John Denver.
If you’ve been following the site, since the day after Thanksgiving we have been posting daily a video that has a Christmas theme. Some have been normal videos and others have been “flash mob” videos. We like them all, some more than others, but we like ’em all.
However, flash mobs with the best intentions don’t always go well. Take for example some kids from Henley High School in Klamath Falls, Oregon who went caroling into a local WalMart.
Watch what happens:
Oh dear Lord, one of the managers kicked the kids out and threatened to call the police if they did not leave.
The media picked up the story and ran with it. (more…)
Nothing like a bunch of college kids putting their time and faith into action.
Bringing the joy of Advent and the promise of Christmas into the marketplace, some 150 Thomas Aquinas College students descended on Ventura’s Pacific View Mall on the first Saturday of December to stage a choral “flash mob.”
After stealthily gathering around the mall’s Christmas central lobby — by the Santa Claus photo center — the students simultaneously burst into song. They began with “Angels We Have Heard on High” and “O Come, All ye Faithful,” and then concluded with a rousing rendition of “Go Tell it on the Mountain.” The mall’s surprised customers and employees seemed to delight in the performance, stopping whatever they were doing to take in the music, to sing along, and to cheer afterward.
Organized by sophomore Giorgio Navarini, the yuletide event is fast becoming a regular College tradition. Last year’s inaugural “mob” was so widely and well received — generating nearly 50,000 views and coverage from EWTN’s World Over — that students were especially enthusiastic about doing it again, preparing in their spare time for weeks in advance.
Improv Everywhere is a New York City-based prank collective that causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places. Created in August of 2001 by Charlie Todd, Improv Everywhere has executed over 100 missions involving tens of thousands of undercover agents.
This year, the group decided to go Christmas caroling, but ramped things up a bit.
My original idea was to stage this guerrilla style, actually showing up at random houses, ringing the doorbell, and seeing what happens. Practically there were several reasons why this wasn’t the best way to produce this, even it was the most fun version. What if no one was home? What if the family doesn’t celebrate Christmas? There were just too many variables to be able to go up to a random house, especially when you’re going to all the trouble to transport a 39-person cast to New Jersey.
So we came up with a solution: we rented a house and then invited families into the home under the guise of getting a family photo taken. We reached out to our NYC-area email list looking for families in the Bergen County, NJ area who were up for a surprise. In all we surprised five families over the course of the evening. The moms acted as our accomplice– they were the only ones in the family who knew that something was going to happen, but they didn’t know what. They kept the secret from their husband and kids. Once the families arrived for the photo, a producer told them to wait their turn in the living room and to please answer the door if the doorbell rings as we were expecting more families soon.
Sounds like the group and the families had a good time.
There has been a lot of buzz concerning the Pentatonix version of the song “Mary Did You Know?” this holiday season, but for us, we are going for the more simply produced and beautiful voice of Kathy Mattea.
As one reader said, “the Pentatonix version is beautiful, but you get caught up in who’s singing what parts instead of the lyrics, which is what makes the song great.