Advent Calendar Day 17: O Come, O Come Emmanuel

We had our Carol Service at Christ Church today, which means I am feeling thoroughly descanted, always a pleasing feeling, and in a mellow sort of mood.  And also as though Christmas really is close, which is definitely where this music fits…

I had no idea Enya had recorded this piece.  I’m slightly bemused by it – it does sound so very Enya, and not at all what I thought I was looking for when I went hunting for a good version of O Come, O Come Emmanual.  I was looking for something a lot more plain-chanty, I think.  Or like that gorgeous version by the King’s Singers, which I feel I can’t use after having one of theirs last weekend, but which is still utterly amazing.

But I do like this one.  It has a stillness and contemplative feel that are absolutely right for this song, and Enya does preserve the feel of plainchant.  Though I do find it strange to recognise very Enya-ish chords and instrumentation below it, and the sudden chorus does make me giggle.

And speaking of giggling, as I looked at the Enya recording, another one caught my eye.  “Boys II Men did a version of O Come O Come Emmanuel,” I told Andrew, who was sitting next to me, minding his own business.

“No,” said Andrew, very firmly.

I contemplated the recording a little further.

“NO,” said Andrew, with even more conviction.

I pointed out that I had no idea what it would sound like, and now I really had to know.

I got a Look.

I don’t think Andrew likes Boys II Men.  To be fair, the recording didn’t do much for me, either.  But it would have been wrong to reject it without a fair trial…

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0 comments for “Advent Calendar Day 17: O Come, O Come Emmanuel

  1. December 17, 2012 at 9:58 am

    I am rather interested to hear the King’s Singers version, but you’ve linked to the Enya one again instead. Do I get a fixed link if I’m good?

    • December 17, 2012 at 10:11 am

      That really depends how good you have been…

      (fixed now, thanks for the heads-up!)

      • December 17, 2012 at 10:30 pm

        Ooh, it’s yummy.

        To be precise, it’s “Boyz II Men” singing “Oh come oh come Emanuel”. AND CONTINUING TO GET THE WORDS WRONG, both the spelling and the actual words. It sounds like they heard the song once, wrote down the words from memory, and then sang it when they were still waking up from a hangover. I lasted about thirty seconds.

        • December 19, 2012 at 12:01 pm

          It does rather have that look, yes…

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