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The Story Of Carols | White Christmas

The Story Of Carols | White Christmas

December 5, 2021

On the morning of January 8th, 1940 Irving Berlin, turned up at his Broadway publishing office. Without missing a beat he announced he’d written a song over the weekend. “Not only is it the best song I ever wrote,” he told Kresa. “It’s the best song anybody ever wrote.”

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Listen to The Story Of Carols Playlist on Spotify From classical to classics, perennials to pop tunes, you get more than a hundred of the best Holiday tunes, and their most interesting recordings. Oh! It also includes the music from The Story Of Carols! Happy Holidays!

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3tSMBpNpX9bnpQBWtoLK15?si=d43ebb02bda64d4b

Or Check Out the Jim Holthouser Holiday Playlist Listen to piano versions of all of Jim’s Holiday Songs

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The Story Of Carols | The Nutcracker

The Story Of Carols | The Nutcracker

December 5, 2021

The Nutcracker is the Olympics of ballet. Even people who actively dislike sport - watch the Olympics, and are be moved by the pageantry, dedication and physical skill. For the participants, it’s the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. Exactly the same can be said for The Nutcracker.

But no one expected a children’s fairy tale to become the worlds best known ballet.

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Listen to The Story Of Carols Playlist on Spotify From classical to classics, perennials to pop tunes, you get more than a hundred of the best Holiday tunes, and their most interesting recordings. Oh! It also includes the music from The Story Of Carols! Happy Holidays!

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3tSMBpNpX9bnpQBWtoLK15?si=d43ebb02bda64d4b

Or Check Out the Jim Holthouser Holiday Playlist Listen to piano versions of all of Jim’s Holiday Songs

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4QW6El8om0CMH1SU8ZHlQz?si=fa49d81d81cd4ccf       

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The Story Of Carols | Good King Wenceslaus

The Story Of Carols | Good King Wenceslaus

December 5, 2021

We tend to think of “Good King Wenceslaus” as an Old English carol. But Wenceslaus, is an historic figure from first millennium Bohemia... what is now the Czech Republic. And he wasn’t a king - he was a Duke. His story though, has all the palace intrigue of a Shakespeare tragedy.

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Listen to The Story Of Carols Playlist on Spotify From classical to classics, perennials to pop tunes, you get more than a hundred of the best Holiday tunes, and their most interesting recordings. Oh! It also includes the music from The Story Of Carols! Happy Holidays!

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3tSMBpNpX9bnpQBWtoLK15?si=d43ebb02bda64d4b

Or Check Out the Jim Holthouser Holiday Playlist Listen to piano versions of all of Jim’s Holiday Songs

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4QW6El8om0CMH1SU8ZHlQz?si=fa49d81d81cd4ccf       

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The Story Of Carols | Carol Of The Bells

The Story Of Carols | Carol Of The Bells

December 5, 2021

The main motif of Carol of The Bells is only four notes, but Mykola Leontovych managed to get far more out of them than the sum of their parts. Considering the strife going on all around him, it’s amazing that he was able to write music at all.

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The Story Of Carols

Listen to The Story Of Carols Playlist on Spotify From classical to classics, perennials to pop tunes, you get more than a hundred of the best Holiday tunes, and their most interesting recordings. Oh! It also includes the music from The Story Of Carols! Happy Holidays!

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3tSMBpNpX9bnpQBWtoLK15?si=d43ebb02bda64d4b

Or Check Out the Jim Holthouser Holiday Playlist Listen to piano versions of all of Jim’s Holiday Songs

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4QW6El8om0CMH1SU8ZHlQz?si=fa49d81d81cd4ccf       

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The Story Of Carols | The Christmas Song

The Story Of Carols | The Christmas Song

December 1, 2021

1945 was one of the hottest on summers on record. And that’s when the power of positive thinking produced one of the best loved Christmas songs of all time.

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The Story Of Carols

Listen to The Story Of Carols Playlist on Spotify From classical to classics, perennials to pop tunes, you get more than a hundred of the best Holiday tunes, and their most interesting recordings. Oh! It also includes the music from The Story Of Carols! Happy Holidays!

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3tSMBpNpX9bnpQBWtoLK15?si=d43ebb02bda64d4b

Or Check Out the Jim Holthouser Holiday Playlist Listen to piano versions of all of Jim’s Holiday Songs

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4QW6El8om0CMH1SU8ZHlQz?si=fa49d81d81cd4ccf       

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The Story Of Carols | Snow Flakes

The Story Of Carols | Snow Flakes

November 24, 2021

George Gershwin never officially wrote a Christmas tune. But one of his little known, show tunes, “Snow Flakes,” is beginning to turn up as a carol in waiting.

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Listen to The Story Of Carols Playlist on Spotify From classical to classics, perennials to pop tunes, you get more than a hundred of the best Holiday tunes, and their most interesting recordings. Oh! It also includes the music from The Story Of Carols! Happy Holidays!

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3tSMBpNpX9bnpQBWtoLK15?si=d43ebb02bda64d4b

Or Check Out the Jim Holthouser Holiday Playlist Listen to piano versions of all of Jim’s Holiday Songs

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4QW6El8om0CMH1SU8ZHlQz?si=fa49d81d81cd4ccf           

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The Story Of Carols | Here We Come A Wassailing

The Story Of Carols | Here We Come A Wassailing

November 17, 2021

We’ve all heard of having a cup of wassail at Christmas time. We’ve even heard of wassailing as an event, - a celebration of merriment, as in “here we come a wassailing.” But did you know we still go a wassailing today?

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The Story Of Carols

 

Listen to The Story Of Carols Playlist on Spotify From classical to classics, perennials to pop tunes, you get more than a hundred of the best Holiday tunes, and their most interesting recordings. Oh! It also includes the music from The Story Of Carols! Happy Holidays!

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3tSMBpNpX9bnpQBWtoLK15?si=d43ebb02bda64d4b

Or Check Out the Jim Holthouser Holiday Playlist Listen to piano versions of all of Jim’s Holiday Songs

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4QW6El8om0CMH1SU8ZHlQz?si=fa49d81d81cd4ccf       

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The Story Of Carols - A Civil War Christmas

The Story Of Carols - A Civil War Christmas

December 21, 2020

The Story Of Carols - A Civil War Christmas

It’s ironic that an act as divisive as the Civil War, would unify the way Americans celebrate Christmas. But, the holiday we know today largely came into existence in and around the war.

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The Story Of Carols - Silent Night Holy Night

The Story Of Carols - Silent Night Holy Night

December 21, 2020

The Story Of Carols - "Silent Night, Holy Night"

A damaged pipe organ, a part time organist, and a forgotten poem all came together to create one of the best loved carols of all time.

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The Story Of Carols - Rise Up Shepherd and Follow

The Story Of Carols - Rise Up Shepherd and Follow

December 17, 2020

The Story Of Carols - Rise Up Shepherd and Follow

A young woman working as a secretary, helped save more than a hundred African American Spirituals , and she did it all in the south, during the Civil War.

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