Instead of sending Christmas or New Year Cards, we thought to send a song to friends and acquaintances. Here’s “Christmas Bells – Classical Version“:
- The vocals are from I-Ling. Her vocal samples for this song are available here (preview) and here (zip samples).
- The piano track is from this Creative Commons BY-NC sample.
- Ivan composed the initial vocal melody to the piano sample, with lyrics adapted from this public domain poem.
- Adrian lent his listening ear (we had to credit him somewhere, LOL!)
Here’s the adapted lyrics:
There are sounds in the sky when the year grows old,
And the winds of the winter blow—
When night and the moon are clear and cold,
And the stars shine on the snow,
Or wild is the blast and the bitter sleet
That beats on the window-pane;
But blest on the frosty hills are the feet
Of the Christmas time again!
Chiming sweet when the night wind swells,
The owl that sits in the ivy’s shade,
Remote from the tower,
Shall start from his drowsy watch afraid
When the clock shall strike the hour;
And over the fields in their frosty rhyme
The cheery sounds shall go,
And chime shall answer unto chime
Across the moonlit snow!
How sweet the lingering music dwells,—
And the glorified ones from that holy hill
Are reaching their helping hands.
These be the words our music tells
Of solemn joy, O Christmas Bells!
Hope this song brings you cheer at the close of 2011, and the start of 2012.
p.s. If you enjoyed the music, you can “pay” us by sharing the music. Thanks!