This medieval English carol is certainly not cheerily optimistic-sounding, but might not quite qualify as pessimistic. "Somber" is better - a mood rarely evoked for Christmas. [more inside]
Arrangement of Angel's Hymn, No. 5t in the Shenandoah Harmony. First verse by Isaac Watts 1706, Second verse by Thomas Kelly, 1802. Original composition by Orlando Gibbons, 1623. [more inside]
Vaguely medieval and dirge-like. [more inside]
German, anonymous, probably 1500s. Still learning to harmonise using GarageBand. [more inside]
Six-year-old Jesus was a bit of an asshole. This is an old traditional English song. I think I first learned it off a Watersons record. [more inside]
A pragmatic carol for hungover sinners. Oh come let us eat breakast.
Extremely spartan recording, for me. Vox, piano, a simple vox harmony, and a melodica solo. [more inside]
A quick surf-punk blast thru the Ukrainian folk song which was neutered into Carol of the Bells. For the challenge, obviously! [more inside]
Paul Sjolund's choral arrangement, simplified down to 2 voices and a guitar. Merry Christmas!