Monday, December 9, 2013

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day...

Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote this incredible song on Christmas morning in 1863. He'd had a rough couple of years leading up to it. The Civil War was in full swing, and he'd just gotten word that his son was wounded in it. His wife had recently died in a fire. There wasn't any Christmas cheer for him that day he'd given up all hope. That is, until he heard church bells. What he wrote is not one of the more well-known Christmas songs. It wasn't even turned into a song until at least 10 years after it was written, by an English organist named John Baptiste Calker. But it may just be the best Christmas song ever written. This is Sarah McLachlan's version.

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