Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Carol Spotlight: Hear the Glad Tidings

This is a surprisingly obscure Polish Carol,  Dziasiaj W Betlejem. (It's obscure to us, not to the Polish.)
It reminds me of everything I love about Eastern European Christmas traditions.  It even sounds something like a cuckoo clock.  I love the translated version that Motab included on this album.  I don't find any other recordings of the English translation, and that makes me sad.  Why aren't contemporary artists taking advantage of these opportunities instead of recording the eleventy-millionth recording of "Blue Christmas" (??!!??!!) (The fact that the recording of this by Justyna (below) sounds so very Bollywood kind of makes me smile. - Not often in my world do Bollywood and Christmas collide.)


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