Joy to the World?
  • MarkB
    Posts: 360
    Just listen. And when you think you have heard enough, keep listening. Really. Listen to the bridge between verses. Study the instrumentation/arrangement. Notice the vocalist's embellishments on the melody. Quite a lot to take in.

    https://www.ocp.org/en-us/songs/86471/joy-to-the-world

    OCP recommends this for Christmas Day Mass. Sigh.
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  • Don9of11Don9of11
    Posts: 355
    I one point I thought there was a skip in the record and just kept repeating. Did you ever have a record that did that?
  • Liam
    Posts: 4,079
    Because Joy to The World is one of those arcane and difficult hymns that's best left as a soloist anthem during common worship.
  • When I was a teenager I did the LifeTeen Mass thing, for which I am still doing penance. Nevertheless, when Christmastime came around our "band" knew better than to mess with Christmas carols...at least as little as we could mess with them while trying to incorporate drums, guitars, bass, etc. We certainly didn't go to lengths rearranging or adding silly "refrains" like this.

    Besides, nothing says "joy" better than forcing tenors like myself to decide whether to grovel a low A or sing up the octave at zero-dark-thirty.
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  • Carol
    Posts: 575
    That is an abomination! Whatever "clams" we may accidentally sing on Christmas Eve will be nothing compared to this.
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  • Parallel fifths all over. Just overall tacky.

    I'm sure they'll be doing this at "rebuilt" parishes. Ugh.
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  • CHGiffenCHGiffen
    Posts: 4,383
    Noise to the earth, this is so dumb,
    Let no one smell this thing.
  • I still prefer the Three Dog Night version!
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  • I like it. It's got a good beat and you can dance to it.

    It makes me wonder how OCP can still be in business.
    Thanked by 3MarkB cesarfranck Carol
  • I mean, I love chant, but a "chant" version would be tacky, too.

    Just let things be what they are.
    Thanked by 2MarkB cesarfranck
  • 1 Handel vs. 4 Arrangers.
  • jcr
    Posts: 81
    The "podcast" of a suggested liturgy is interesting. It does seem that the concept of appropriateness has been lost in the culture in general. Amazing!
  • Shake your rump to the funk! This is an awful arrangement and even more so for church music on Christmas Day.
    Thanked by 2MarkB Carol
  • ViolaViola
    Posts: 354
    Wow, it is pretty awful, not least because of the ridiculously low pitch (seems to be starting on G?)
    We will be having this as our final hymn at Midnight Mass, but in the splendid arrangement by John Rutter, with trumpet descant. From previous experience I know that the congregation will join in with enthusiasm. Key = D
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  • If you listen to some of the Christmas song on the radio, this is in the same style. The singer is 'interpreting' the song.
  • Mr Cordova -
    You just multiplied my reasons for never ever listening to the radio.
    Nor do I own a TV.
    (I used to listen to the radio when we had a PBS classical station here. But they went digital or something or other and went off the air. Now, there is nothing on the radio, AM or FM, that I would suffer my ears to hear for as much as two seconds.)
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  • Don9of11Don9of11
    Posts: 355
    Mr. Osborn,
    I take it then you have been spared the impeachment proceedings!
  • Indeed!
  • ghmus7
    Posts: 1,222
    Thank you MJO for your sanity...it speaks well of you and benefits is too!
  • ghmus7
    Posts: 1,222
    *us
  • I didn't like it. So I didn't buy it. It was a fairly straightforward process.
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