What’s your favorite Christmas song? Do you know how it came to be?
In this episode of The Drew Mariani Show, Drew dives deep into the enchanting world of Christmas songs with the expert, Ace Collins. Here’s a festive summary that’ll make you see these timeless tunes in a whole new light:
Silent Night’s Miraculous Birth – A dramatic tale unfolds around “Silent Night,” born from a crisis in a small Austrian church. The song’s journey from a humble parish to global fame is nothing short of miraculous. Joseph Moore, a young priest, and his musician friend Franz Gruber unwittingly created a Christmas anthem that stood the test of time.
Barbra Streisand’s Silent Night – Streisand’s rendition of “Silent Night” gets special mention for its exceptional beauty, even surpassing Bing Crosby’s version in popularity over the last two decades.
Oh Holy Night’s Controversial History – This beloved carol has a tumultuous backstory, from its origins in France to being shunned by the Catholic hierarchy for the composer’s Jewish heritage. It eventually gained a new life in America, resonating with the abolitionist movement and becoming the first song to be broadcast over the radio.
Drew’s conversation with Ace Collins reveals the rich and often unexpected histories behind these cherished Christmas songs, offering a fresh perspective on the music that fills our hearts each holiday season. 🎶🎵🌟
Remember to explore more about Ace and his works!