Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Music || O Come, O Come, Emmanuel


   Hi all! I hope that those of you up here with me in the northern hemisphere are staying safe and warm this week. Though it's difficult to imagine as I type with icy fingers, I also hope that you who hail from the south are enjoying some warm, mild summer days. A new year has come upon us, and just like that 2016 is history! More on that later...meanwhile, I have a long overdue Christmas song to offer.

   O Come, O Come, Emmanuel is one of my favorite Christmas carols. Unlike many other seasonal hymns, it has a mournful sound, almost a musical expression of the deep longing for a Savior. Its lyrics have origins the in Latin O Antiphons (responsory chants) of the names of Christ which were sung or recited during Advent. We now sing a song that was translated into English by an Anglican priest named John Mason Neale. The music it is set to is also quite old, a 15th century French processional melody.

   All that being said, this song is a treat to play on the hammered dulcimer, though I don't do it justice. Despite my amateur skill, I am glad to have only needed two takes to get through the song without playing the wrong notes, as I often do. ;) Please enjoy my presentation, and read along with a copy of the lyrics if you wish!


 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.
Isaiah 7:14


16 comments:

  1. I love this song too! Beautiful job!

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  2. What a wonderful way to start 2017 with you playing O come O come Emmanuel just beautifully. I do so love when you take time to share your talent on the Hammered Dulcimer. It sounds so peaceful and full of love. I look forward to hearing more songs on your Dulcimer. Take care, have a great start to your weekend:) Your Friend, Stephanie

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    1. Thanks for your sweet words! :) I am so encouraged that you enjoy my dulcimer songs, and will be happy to continue sharing in the future. Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

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  3. I finally listened to this!! It was so beautiful :) I got goosebumps, especially for the harmonization bits. I don't think I realized how good you've gotten at using the hammered dulcimer :) keep up the good work! I'm impressed :D 10/10 would listen again

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    1. Aw, thanks so much! <3 Your comment totally made my night when I read it!

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  4. So beautiful!!! I've actually never heard that intrument played!

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    1. Thank you! Oh, well I am happy to introduce you to it then. :)

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  5. Wow, that was beautiful! Good job!

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  6. Amazing! This is definitely my favorite Christmas song, and I loved hearing it played on the hammered dulcimer. Great job! It sounded perfect :D

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    1. Aw, thank you so much Amanda. I'm so happy you enjoyed my version of your favorite Christmas song! :)

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  7. You really did a nice job on this song, Paige! And your dulcimer is beautiful. I've tried recording a piano song before, and wow, it's hard to get through a piece without making a mistake. Your performance is beautiful.

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    1. Thanks! :D Yes, 'tis a feat. Thank you for your sweet words. <3

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  8. You have a lovely blog, Paige. The video is wonderful, and you did an amazing job on this song! Even though I am much older than yourself we already have at least one thing in common...I, too, am an only child. God bless you, and warm greetings from Montreal, Canada.

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    1. Thank you so much Linda! I'm glad that you enjoy my blog and this song. Oh, neat! There are a few of us out there. :D

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