Mar. 24th, 2011

Part of the Song a Day Project! Also part of Transformative Songs Week in honour of the OTW March Drive.

One of the oldest musical traditions is the regional or individual take on a known or shared tune. Music has a rich history of sharing and communal performance — the particular performance is at least half the magic, and that, not the piece of music itself, is the thing that is unique to the given performer. Today, a lot of this tradition is restricted to public domain works — but there's still plenty of room to create something with a unique and fascinating take on a source work.

This piece (itself a re-release of a related group) combines "Carol of the Bells" and "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" — and something totally unique to this group: their style.

Youtube Link: Transiberian Orchestra - Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24

Embedding is disabled on this vid, so please click through!

I support this kind of work — interaction with our past, our history, that contextualizes it in a way relevant to our time, that transforms past works into something unique and uniquely our own.

And that is another reason I support the OTW.



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