Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The 24 Days of Christmas

Happy December 1st everyone!! 24 more days until Christmas woot! I have decided I am going to do something fun from now to December 25th. Since I am a musician and I LOVE music and performing (no I am NOT performing for you lol - I want you all to come back every day to see what I put up) I have decided to put up a video each day of a Christmas song. It will get you not only in the spirit (and help me to not be depressed that I have been unemployed for 7 months now and may once again not be able to go spend Christmas with my family), but also to help you reflect on the reason for the season - the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

So today's song with a video is......Mariah Carey singing Joy to the World. I LOVE Mariah Carey. Let's face it, the girl can sing. Loved her album she did that had BOYZ II Men on it (One Sweet Day). So enjoy and sing along!! Instead of just having the video with her singing on here, I thought that I would throw in some music history for you :) (blame it on the teacher in me lol) and then I shall include the lyrics for this version that Mariah does so you can sing with her :)

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The words of Joy to the World were written in 1719 by Isaac Watts as a paraphrase of Psalm 98. It was published in Psalms of David: Imitated in the language of the New Testament, and applied to the Christian state and worship He wrote the words as a hymn glorifying Christ's return at the end of the age instead of as a Christmas song. In 1839 Lowell Mason took the words and adapted and arranged it to music from an older melody that was believed to have originated from Handel.

Mariah Carey's version of Joy to the World is off her album Merry Christmas which came out on November 1, 1994.

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Joy to the world
The Lord is come
Let earth receive her King
Let every heart prepare Him room
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and heaven and nature sing

Joy to the world
The Lord is come
Let earth receive her King
Let every heart prepare Him room
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and heaven and nature sing

Joy to the earth
The Savior reigns
Let men their songs employ
While fields and floods
Rocks, hills, and plains
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy

Joy to the world
All the boys and girls
Joy to the people everywhere you see
Joy to you and me

Joy to the world
All the boys and girls
Joy to the people everywhere you see
Joy to you and me

He rules the world
With truth and grace
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness
And wonders of His love
And wonders of His love
And wonders, wonders of His love

Joy to the world
All the boys and girls
Joy to the people everywhere you see
Joy to you and me

Joy to the people everywhere you see
Joy to you and me

2 comments:

Heather Hekman said...

Love your upbeat attitude, Kathi. Merry Christmas to you.

MissMegan85 said...

This is greatness! Love Old School Mariah! Can't wait to see what you have tomorrow! :)