We thought readers who enjoy Christmas Carols and music history in general would like to check out a series of blog posts on the topic. Thad Garrett, a friend of blog, pens the entries for “What’s Up,” the blog of the University Libraries of The Catholic University of America. Here is his description of what to expect:
I’ve decided to share posts over the next 16 business days leading up to Christmas in which I’ll shed some light on the conception of some of our most beloved Christmas melodies. As I am admittedly one who can grow tired quickly from hearing the same tunes recycled, re-imagined, and replayed over and over again, I thought that you, like me, might find a new appreciation for them by learning the stories of their origins.
Each blog entry begins with The American Christmas Songbook and the title of the song Thad will be exploring. We have found them to be super interesting and well researched. So far he has covered hits like Sleigh Ride, The Christmas Song, and Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Also – bonus- Thad will be writing a few guest blog posts for the Brookland Bridge in 2018!
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will be having it’s annual Christmas concert for Charity on Friday night December 1st at 7:30 PM in the Great Upper Church. The concert, a longstanding neighborhood tradition in its 28th year, will feature the Choir of the Basilica and Catholic U’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music Chorus and Symphony Orchestra. The concert is free, but donations are requested for charity. This year the concert will benefit Catholic Charities USA Hurricane Relief and will feature a new composition, “Hush” from CUA doctoral student Valencio Jackson, who hails from St. Croix,U.S. Virgin Islands. Sounds like a fantastic concert! Check out more information here. The Basilica is located at Michigan Ave and Harewood Rd. NE.
This story came out a while ago, but we thought readers who missed it would enjoy this lighthearted article from the Washington Post about Force of Habit, a band led by nuns who live and study at Catholic University. Along with religious music the band plays jazz standards. Here is a clip.
The sisters, and those who know them, note that the band is part of a larger mission — to be a presence on the campus, connect with other students, and share and demonstrate their faith. It also serves as a reminder of what makes Catholic, the Vatican’s university in the United States, unique.
You can check out another video of a Force of Habit performance here.
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