The 26 Days of Advent: 12/15/15

Speaking of darkness and forlorn, Loreena McKennitt performs my favorite version of “The Holly and the Ivy.”  It is in the minor key, and I believe I use it as an example in my Major/Minor Switching article.

Former versions of this carol have always been very light and bubbly.  Not so with the Canadian songstress’ rendition.  There’s a melancholy to her muse in the morbid melody.  I know Christmas is supposed to be a happy time, but that joy is a bit of a veneer when we recall that birth is for death and sacrifice.

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