God Rest Ye

Sent by Reader Alison, this is the funniest thing I’ve seen in a long time. Enjoy this seasonally appropriate exploration of editing.

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14 Responses to God Rest Ye

  1. Marion says:

    Thanks Isabel, and those tags/keywords are right on – Laughing Frequently, indeed!

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Marion – Quite brilliant, I think, from the concept to the writing to the video and musical execution.

  2. Tom Watson says:

    That’s hilarious!
    Thanks, Isabel.

  3. I admire the ingenuity that can pounce on a common small niggle and turn it into an art form. Thanks for the fun and for the inspiration, Isabel. Singing this Christmas carol will never again be (the) sane — I mean, same!

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Laurna – IKR? The artistry at all levels in this piece is astounding IMO. I do wonder how he chose his YouTube name (Ramses the Pigeon). I’m thinking there’s a story there . . .

  4. Yup, just what we talked about. Our choir director usually directs us not to breathe where the commas are in order to make the music flow. Thus, I ignore all punctuation in singing. Choirs can get away with this by what’s known as “stagger breathing”, in which each person silently breathes in places other singers are not breathing. And no one seems the least bit interested in the detailed meaning of the lyrics, just the overall sentiment of the song. Which is good, given how some songs are written, as we lamented on Friday. Thanks for the video!

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Judith – Well, when it’s not a legal contract, the overall sentiment would seem to be sufficient. 🙂 Interesting to think about choir management, which has not been in my line at all, from either side.

      • Jim Taylor says:

        The interesting thing about choirs (chorales, even orchestras — musicians in general, perhaps) is trying to get them to act as a single living entity. Singers, horn players, etc., have to breathe as one. Apparently, even their heartbeats tend to coordinate.

        The project work you used to do, Isabel, required people to think as one (for the duration of the project, at least). Musical rendering requires people to live and breathe as one (for a few minutes). They may have radically different politics and/or morals, but for those moments of performance, there can be no individualism.

        Jim T

        • Isabel Gibson says:

          Jim T – Ah. An interesting connection to something I do understand. 🙂 Thanks.

        • barbara carlson says:

          And when this happens, there is flow — the “hive” mind in a good sense. Some of the peak experiences in my whole life have been singing in a choir of 60 voices — a capella.

          As for horn players, the better they can SING through their instruments the better.

  5. John Whitman says:

    Isabel – my nomination for the editor’s anthem.

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