Gabrielle’s Holiday Concert


 I saw Gabrielle’s concert last night. 8th graders are a little more polished than 6th graders. G had a substitute chorus teacher, Mr. Reynolds,  who really has most of his experience with band, so she was missing her regular chorus teacher who everyone loves. G’s chorus won awards last year.  Nonetheless, Mr. Reynolds must know something because they sounded great.

Song list:

Christmas Medley

Al Shlo Sha  (Hebrew

Carol of the Bells

Circle of Life – all the songs from the movie with soloists

G’s favorite is Carol of the Bells. She said, “It’s dark, not really dark, but not so la la like other Christmas songs. It’s different. We sound good all together.”

Saturday Night Live did a spoof of this song on a dysfunctional family Christmas and I’d sing it to Mom when she was getting frantic trying to make our holiday PERFECT.

Leave me a alone /I’m doing fine/ Get away from me


Here are the actual lyrics followed by some history of the song:

Carol Of The Bells

Hark! how the bells
Sweet silver bells
All seem to say,
“Throw cares away.”
Christmas is here
Bringing good cheer
To young and old
Meek and the bold

Ding, dong, ding, dong
That is their song
With joyful ring
All caroling
One seems to hear
Words of good cheer
From ev’rywhere
Filling the air

Oh how they pound,
Raising the sound,
O’er hill and dale,
Telling their tale,
Gaily they ring
While people sing
Songs of good cheer
Christmas is here
Merry, merry, merry, merry Christmas
Merry, merry, merry, merry Christmas

On, on they send
On without end
Their joyful tone
To ev’ry home

Ding, dong, ding, dong.

Composed by Mykola Dmytrovych Leontovych (1877-1921) in 1916. Originally titled Shchedryk, this Ukranian folk song is about a sparrow and the bountiful year that awaits a family. It was first performed in the Ukraine on the night of January 13, 1916, on the Julian calendar this is considered New Year’s Eve. In the United States the song was first performed on October 5, 1921 at Carnegie Hall.

Carol of the Bells, also known as the Ukrainian Carol, was adapted from Shchedryk by Mykola Leontovych (1877-1921), which was first performed in December 1916 by students at Kiev University. The original Ukrainian song is based on an old Slavic legend that every bell in the world rang in honour of Jesus on the night of his birth.


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