I was never a huge fan of O Holy Night as a kid. I think there was something about its slightly unusual structure, and a melody I could never quite get a handle on.
By last year I heard Josh Groban sing it, and then was introduced to both the Celine Dion version and the Canadian Tenors version, and it quickly rocketed to my top 25.
I love the rising emotion in the song. It starts peacefully, a soft hymn to the glory of the night. Then slowly it builds in fervour and power, becoming an ecstasy of passion.
That’s it for now. Enjoy the music, and I’ll have another post later — only a couple more days to get through them all!
This is part of a series of posts I’m writing every day of December until Christmas, musing on my 25 favourite Christmas songs. The first one is here.