** Update***

Thanks to all who sent recordings of the songs below.  As we combine them, the resulting composites are sounding very nice!  Be sure to “attend” the Christmas Eve service to hear how it all comes together.  I’ll leave the accompaniment recordings in place below for a few weeks, if you want to sing some more on your own.  – Wanda

** End update***

Hi Choir,

Christmas Eve will be an abbreviated service of Candles and Carols – meaning there will be some favorite carols as in past years, probably ending with Silent Night. We have an opportunity to add voices to some of these songs.  It would be great to have at least Silent Night bolstered with people singing, and maybe a few other Christmas Eve and Advent songs.   Many of you have indicated you are interested in doing this – wonderful, thank you!

We have the final music list available.  The accompaniments and lyrics are all below.  So that your vocal parts can be incorporated in the video, we need to receive your recordings fairly quickly.  If you can’t do them all, that’s OK; it would be ideal if you could at least do the first two on the list.

Here is the plan summary:

  • A.  Send your recording by Friday Dec. 4:  Advent benediction hymn, “Until Jesus Comes”
  • B.  Send your recording by Friday Dec. 11:  “Silent Night”
  • C.  Send your recording by Tuesday Dec. 15: “O Come, All Ye Faithful” and “Away in a Manger”
  • D. Send instrumental recording by Tuesday Dec. 15:  “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”

Please follow the instructions below – let me know if anything is not clear.  Recordings sent after the dates noted above may not be able to be included in the final version of the song.

I’m looking forward to seeing (and hearing) this all come together!

Regards,
Wanda

Doing a vocal recording:

  1. You need a quiet place to record (no vacuums, dishwashers, fans blowing, people or animals calling, etc.).
  2. See the accompaniment and lyrics below for each song.
  3. Listen to the accompaniment on one device (tablet, desktop, laptop) using earbuds.
  4. Using a second device (probably a phone), use the “voice recorder” or similar app to record your singing while listening to the accompaniment.  You can sing whichever part you like – melody line or other part. Start the recording when you hear the accompaniment intro begin, and end the recording after you finish singing.
  5. Send me your recording by email.  This is your singing part only, not the accompaniment. On many phones, this can be done using the “share” feature in the recording app.
  6. Dave Tuttle or I will merge the voice recordings with the accompaniment for the final recording.

A.  Advent benediction hymn:
“Until Jesus Comes,” Worship & Song #3050
Please record and send me your vocals before Friday December 4.

Until Jesus comes, until Jesus comes,
I’ll be watching and waiting until Jesus comes.
Until Jesus comes, until Jesus comes,
I’ll be watching and waiting until Jesus come.


B.  “Silent Night”
Please record and send me your vocals before Friday Dec. 11.

“Silent Night,” UMH #239, vs, 1, 2, 3, 4
You can hear this on YouTube here.  It may not be in the same key, so please sing to the recording provided below. 

Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright
round yon virgin mother and child.
Holy infant, so tender and mild,
sleep in heavenly peace, sleep in heavenly peace.

 

Silent night, holy night, shepherds quake at the sight;
glories stream from heaven afar, heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ the Savior is born, Christ the Savior is born!

 

Silent night, holy night, Song of God, love’s pure light;
radiant beams from thy holy face with the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord at thy birth, Jesus, Lord at thy birth.

 

Silent night, holy night, wondrous star, lend thy light;
with the angels let us sing, Alleluia to our King;
Christ the Savior is born, Christ the Savior is born!


C.  “O Come, All Ye Faithful” and “Away in a Manger”
Please record and send me your vocals before Tuesday Dec. 15.

“O Come, All Ye Faithful,” UMH #234, vs. 1 and 3
You can hear this on YouTube here.  It may not be in the same key, so please sing to the recording provided below. 

O Come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye, to Bethlehem.
Come and behold him, born the King of angels;
O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.

 

Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation;
O sing, all ye citizens of heaven above!
Glory to God, all glory in the highest;
O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.

“Away in a Manger,” UMH #217, vs. 1 and 2
You can hear this on YouTube here.  It may not be in the same key, so please sing to the recording provided below. 

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
the little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head.
The stars in the sky looked down where he lay,
the little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay.

 

The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes,
but little Lord Jesus, no crying he makes;
I love thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky
and stay by my cradle till morning is high.


D.  Instrumental 
“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” UMH #211, vs. 1 and 2
Please record and send me your instrumental parts before Tuesday Dec. 15.