Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Celebrate Christmas with Memphis and the Midtown Men!

Merry Christmas, everyone! Though I've been looking forward to Les Mis coming out on Christmas all year, that's of course not the main focus of the day.

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

"Praise be to God for his indescribable gift!" 2 Corinthians 9:15

So here are some of my favorite Christmas tunes, of course sung by Broadway people.

I've mentioned this before, but my favorite singing group, the Midtown Men, worked with writer Stevie Van Zandt on his song (originally featured in the film Home Alone 2), "All Alone on Christmas." It's a special song for several reasons, first of all that it was re-arranged just for the Men. What's great about TMM version is that it sounds very "them." What I mean by that is it doesn't sound like they pulled out a Christmas song at random and said, "Let's do this... because it's Christmas." The style of this song fits right in with the oldies on their "60s Hits" album and their touring show. It was a perfect choice and a brilliant arrangement. It's a very natural sound. Though there is a key change in the original '90s recording, it's not very prevalent. However, listen to The Midtown Men and you'll notice the modulation is the highlight of the song. That's what distinguishes it and really makes it one of my favorites. Give it a listen!


Last Christmas, The Memphis Facebook page had this contest where they wanted fans to submit Memphis-appropriate parody lyrics to the tune of "Jingle Bells." Since I've done some parodies for fun in the past, I wrote up a verse and submitted it. The one with the most "likes" on Facebook won. (Hint: here's how you win those things: stay up late Facebook-chatting all of your friends and ask them to vote for you. It might take 2 hours or so, but it's doable) The prize was that a Memphis cast member would sing the winner's song. That was probably the best moment of my life, seeing this post on the Memphis wall:
Congrats to Sally Henry: You've written the winning Memphis Jingle Bells lyrics! Stay tuned to hear your song performed by a Memphis cast member.

It's times like these that make me just want to yell in Gladys Herdman fashion, "HEY! Unto you a child is born!"

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