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…