Advent Reblog & Mariah Carey & O Holy Night

Recorded in LA (2000) I think.

This is the best rendition of O Holy Night that I know. The studio version on Mariah’s classic Christmas album (1994) is also great, but this one has some additional touches (i.e. the organ, and a bigger role for the choir) and is even better. Also, great live Gospel energy.

Oh Happy Day & Sunday Music & Sister Act 2

“Oh Happy Day” from Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993), with Whoopi Goldberg, and Ryan Toby doing the solo.

UPDATE: Thanks for the likes for this particular post, which triggered an automatic announcement informing me that I have received 1,000 likes on this blog. At 506 posts, that’s almost exactly . . . let’s see here . . . two likes per post!

By gosh, that’s gotta mean something.

I’m just not sure exactly what.

Sunday Music & Aretha Franklin & God Will Take Care of You

From Aretha Franklin, Gospel Greats (1972, re-released 1999 and 2003), with the Southern California Community Choir, directed by Rev. James Cleveland.

Whilst our Sunday offering as always urges this humble blog’s honored readers toward . . . higher matters, I regret that I am compelled, by a damnable oath sealed with drops of my own blood, to link to Nightsky’s (shudder) second Rocktober Countdown!!!!!!!!!!!!! post.

O, do not go there, good friends, I beg you. Or if you do, AVERT YOUR EYES!!!!

Sunday Music & Lonesome Valley

Lloyd Vivola put this up, after recording it on his own. He tells the story here:

Appalachian gospel tune that endures in many versions under various titles. I must say that I have a soft-spot for much old-time American music, religious or otherwise, and how it can evolve over time. In August of 2011, while hunkering down and awaiting the arrival of Hurricane Irene, I decided to arrange this three-voice rendition of “Lonesome Valley”. Armed with trusty guitar, hoarse voice, hand-held recorder, and half-full ( when I began ) bottle of wine, I played each previous track through the lap-top computer while putting down a new one live. Sans mixing board. The result was no small miracle. And much fun! All before the wind and rain came calling.