Music/Popular Culture

Today’s Christmas Song–“Deck the Halls,” with variations

Not only do songs change their feel over time, but this can also change in the hands of an interesting arranger. Consider “Deck the Halls,” that old warhorse. Here’s a pretty strait-up version from The Sixteen. And here’s a lovely, almost sprightly version from the Elizabethan Singers (you’ll need to turn the volume up). Then here’s an older (and not very well recorded) but quite lively version from the Gregg Smith Singers.

(Full disclosure—I sang for Smith for a semester at university.)

Finally, a jazzy version from The King’s Singers:

I should note that there is some controversy over the correct lyrics for this song. See here, here and below, the last version beign brought to you by the venerable Lambert, Hendricks and Ross.

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