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New Challenge (Popular Christmas Songs) Dec 2015

Postby Brian007 » 02 Dec 2015 08:38

Hi,

This challenge is all about popular Christmas songs, in other words song that have been in the popular music charts around Christmas time
as opposed to Traditional Christmas Carols. So here`s a link to give you some idea what we are looking for http://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-holiday-songs
please note they need not be on this list its just a guide, good luck and please enjoy this challenge

To start things of here my version of "Rocking around the Christmas Tree" by Brenda Lee https://app.box.com/s/gq1ogud84ee7pkxnijnvfmbbyuoypqt8

Apparently I managed to chop the last 3 seconds off :shock: will try and sort it out later when I have more time


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Re: New Challenge (Popular Christmas Songs) 02/12/15

Postby kens » 02 Dec 2015 11:14

Nice one Brian. Here is when a Child is Born sung by Johny Mathis originally Ken


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Re: New Challenge (Popular Christmas Songs) 02/12/15

Postby JohnT » 02 Dec 2015 11:26

Hi Brian007. Certainly rocking there must have knocked it over and lost the last bit. Nice sounds and style. Enjoyed it. John

Hi Ken. Nice version of the tune. An easy listen. John
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Re: New Challenge (Popular Christmas Songs) 02/12/15

Postby KRUG » 02 Dec 2015 12:42

I am having Internet problems but managed to rock along with Brian' excellent offering. Unfortunately Ken's would not load but I think that the problem is at my end as it took ages for my first tune to upload to Box. Nevertheless here is my take on "Walking In The Air."

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Re: New Challenge (Popular Christmas Songs) 02/12/15

Postby Brian007 » 02 Dec 2015 14:11

Hi Ken,

A very nice version of "When a Child is Born" good voices and well played,
you do very well with the organ you use to get such good results.

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Hi Keith,

A good performance of "Walking In The Air" some sweet sounding voices and a good steady
style made for a plesant listening experience.

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I think we will have to expect a lot of repeat posting of tunes as there isn`t really a huge amount of Christmas song
that we can all play and have access to the music to play, but variety is the spice of life.

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Re: New Challenge (Popular Christmas Songs) 02/12/15

Postby papadeedee » 02 Dec 2015 14:14

Hi Brian,
Very well voiced and played, a cracking number to start off the challenge. :D :D
I will post on here but I do think it should be remembered that there is an existing board for Christmas tunes, and it shouldn't be ignored. :)
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Hi Ken, Very well played and arranged. :D :D
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Hi Keith,
Very appropriate voices, well played. :D :D
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Re: New Challenge (Popular Christmas Songs) 02/12/15

Postby JohnT » 02 Dec 2015 15:30

Hi Keith Always like this one may have ago myself if I have time. Liked the choice of sounds suited the music. Enjoyed the relaxing listen. John
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Re: New Challenge (Popular Christmas Songs) 02/12/15

Postby papadeedee » 02 Dec 2015 17:50

Hi Guys,
I simultaneously videoed and recorded this to mp3. I am posting the mp3 here and the video in the carol board.
I played this medley last year on the Orla organ, I used the Yamaha this year.
It's Winter Wonderland followed by Slade's very popular Merry Christmas Everybody.
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Re: New Challenge (Popular Christmas Songs) 02/12/15

Postby JohnT » 02 Dec 2015 19:28

Hi BrianD. A nice medley very appropriate for the challenge. Good change of sounds and style. A pleasant Christmassy listen. John
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Re: New Challenge (Popular Christmas Songs) 02/12/15

Postby kens » 02 Dec 2015 22:45

A good selection so far and all well played. Here is Harry Delafonty's Marys Boy Child. Had a few problems with it so please be kind and don't throw any tomatoes at me regards Ken


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Re: New Challenge (Popular Christmas Songs) 02/12/15

Postby JohnT » 02 Dec 2015 22:58

Hi Ken. A nice version of that one. Some good sounds. Certainly getting in the mood. John
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Re: New Challenge (Popular Christmas Songs) 02/12/15

Postby Brian007 » 03 Dec 2015 08:51

Hi Brian D.

A fine medley you put together there, thoroughly enjoyed listening to it
some real good voice made it a good performance. Brian007 :D

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Hi Ken,

That was a good version of that classic Christmas hit, well played and voiced.
Thanks for posting. Brian007 :D
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Re: New Challenge (Popular Christmas Songs) 02/12/15

Postby KRUG » 03 Dec 2015 10:01

Hi Brian - there was a bit of everything in that medley. Good sounds and well played.

Hi Kens - a very individual version of that popular latin (originally) Christmas song. Individuality is good.

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Re: New Challenge (Popular Christmas Songs) 02/12/15

Postby KRUG » 03 Dec 2015 10:17

I have only recently found this song from the pen of Leslie Bricusse. He wrote it for the musical Scrooge and it tells of the sadness of poor people looking in the festive windows of shops that they could never afford to enter. The song then cheers up as the real Christmas is remembered. Lots of lovely minors which eventually resolve. I hope that you enjoy "Christmas Children."

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Re: New Challenge (Popular Christmas Songs) 02/12/15

Postby kens » 03 Dec 2015 10:53

Thanks for comments and enjoyed Brian & Keith Ken
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Re: New Challenge (Popular Christmas Songs) 02/12/15

Postby Brian007 » 03 Dec 2015 11:02

Hi Keith.

A very emotional piece of music that, never heard it before :lol: ( no surprise there )
but you made a excellent job of playing that it came across really well . Brian007 :D

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Re: New Challenge (Popular Christmas Songs) 02/12/15

Postby KRUG » 03 Dec 2015 11:54

This is a much more lighthearted piece and Brian could probably manage a jig to it on the new bedroom carpet. I hope that we do not get one but this is "A Marshmallow World" from 1949.

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Re: New Challenge (Popular Christmas Songs) 02/12/15

Postby Brian007 » 03 Dec 2015 12:50

Hi Keith,

I have heard that one before recently, can`t for the life of me think where :lol:
Anyway nice one well played and voiced. Brian007 :D
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Re: New Challenge (Popular Christmas Songs) 02/12/15

Postby JohnT » 03 Dec 2015 13:46

Hi Keith. Something different a nice easy listen. John
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Re: New Challenge (Popular Christmas Songs) 02/12/15

Postby JohnT » 03 Dec 2015 20:40

Hi Everyone Just did this one after putting up xmas decorations. A John Lennon song. Happy Xmas (War is over). Seems appropriate with what is going on. Hope you enjoy your listen. John

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Re: New Challenge (Popular Christmas Songs) 02/12/15

Postby Brian007 » 03 Dec 2015 21:04

Hi John,

A very nice version of that classic Christmas hit for John Lennon,
Nice voices and style and you made a good job of it. Brian007 :D
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Re: New Challenge (Popular Christmas Songs) 02/12/15

Postby kens » 03 Dec 2015 21:42

Hi! John. Havnt heard that one in years , Enjoyed Ken
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Re: New Challenge (Popular Christmas Songs) 02/12/15

Postby kens » 04 Dec 2015 11:50

Remember this one sung and co written by Elvis? Blue Xmas.


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Re: New Challenge (Popular Christmas Songs) 02/12/15

Postby KRUG » 04 Dec 2015 16:50

Hi John, A brave attempt at quite a difficult song timing wise. The trumpet section was great.

Hi Kens, a very different approach to when I play it and very refreshing for that.

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Re: New Challenge (Popular Christmas Songs) 02/12/15

Postby Brian007 » 04 Dec 2015 16:57

Hi Ken,

A good arrangement of that classic Elvis Christmas song, well played and voiced.

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Re: New Challenge (Popular Christmas Songs) 02/12/15

Postby KRUG » 04 Dec 2015 17:43

This one is from 1935 and should probably be done as a swing or foxtrot but just to be different I went for a bossa. Well I have heard some long endings but I think that this takes the biscuit. Anyway "I'm Going Home For Christmas" happens to be true. Is it just me or is there a strong hint of Dad's Army in this?

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Re: New Challenge (Popular Christmas Songs) 02/12/15

Postby Brian007 » 04 Dec 2015 18:56

Hi Keith,

Yes definitely shades of Dads army and a touch of jingle bells thrown in also
and yes a a long ending to it. well played and voiced. Brian007 :D
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Re: New Challenge (Popular Christmas Songs) 02/12/15

Postby JohnT » 04 Dec 2015 20:09

Hi Ken. Different to what I expected, but that's the beauty of playing. Enjoyed my listen John

Hi Keith. Thought it wasn't going to finish and yes snippets of Dads army. Enjoyed my listen. John
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Re: New Challenge (Popular Christmas Songs) 02/12/15

Postby papadeedee » 05 Dec 2015 12:04

Hi John,
A nice version of the John Lennon song. :D :D :D

Hi Keith,
A nice selection of tunes, all well played. :D :D :D

Hi Ken
I enjoyed Blue Christmas, Well played. :D :D :D
p.s. It is my understanding that the colonel told song writers to credit Elvis as a co writer or he doesn't record the song. :roll:
Half a cake is better than no cake at all. :)
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Re: New Challenge (Popular Christmas Songs) 02/12/15

Postby KRUG » 05 Dec 2015 12:42

Do you remember Ruby Murray? If so you will probably remember this Christmas hit she recorded in the mid 50's - "The Very First Christmas Of All."

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Re: New Challenge (Popular Christmas Songs) 02/12/15

Postby Brian007 » 05 Dec 2015 13:35

Hi Keith,

Yes I can remember Ruby Murray but not the song, a nice easy tune to listen to and a good arrangement and well played.

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Re: New Challenge (Popular Christmas Songs) 02/12/15

Postby JohnT » 05 Dec 2015 19:34

Hi Keith. Yes remember Ruby. A nice pleasant listen some good sounds. John
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Re: New Challenge (Popular Christmas Songs) 02/12/15

Postby kens » 05 Dec 2015 22:54

Hi! Well played John & Keith. By the way I fell in love with Ruby Murray. Then she disappeared ken
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Re: New Challenge (Popular Christmas Songs) 02/12/15

Postby KRUG » 07 Dec 2015 10:40

Well I am surprised that this has not been done already. Perhaps, like me, you don't want one! A "White Christmas" that is.

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Re: New Challenge (Popular Christmas Songs) 02/12/15

Postby Brian007 » 07 Dec 2015 10:57

Hi Keith,

A good old Bing Crosby favorite of mine, you made an excellent job of that both the playing and the voicing
a nice easy seasonal tune to listen to. Thanks for posting.

I think most people ( ok the 5 or so of us ) must be busy as there`s not a lot of posts this time around in this challenge
I know I have been really busy in the house and now its Christmas present shopping :? so its understandable.


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