Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Clay Aiken Montage Spans 4 Tours

Clay Aiken: O Holy Night and More
Montage by SueReu

Joyful Noise 2004-07

Cyber Tour Embraces New Video

In one fell swoop, SueRue's new montage of Clay Aiken singing "O Holy Night" and 'O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" steered the "virtual tour" bus through seven concert performances across the country and four holiday seasons, 2004-07.

OHN videos included are Atlanta 04 (Scarlett); Louisville 05 (Secretly Loves Clay), Portland 05 (Spotlightlover); and Erie 07 (Scarlett). The 2006 Emmanuel videos by SLC are from the Red Bank, Englewood, and Williamsport concerts.

Clickable OHN screen cap
Secretly Loves Clay/SueRue

My students and I have performed both songs in a variety of solo and ensemble settings. The Russell Mauldin arrangement of "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" will be part of the Lessons and Carols choral-orchestral program my oboe and I will play this weekend.

The histories of O Holy Night and Emmanuel could not be more different. These brief background sketches are from Wikipedia:

"O Holy Night" ("Cantique de Noël") is a well-known Christmas carol composed by Adolphe Adam in 1847 to the French poem "Minuit, chrétiens" (Midnight, Christians) by Placide Cappeau (1808-1877), a wine merchant and poet. Cappeau was asked by a parish priest to write a Christmas poem. It has become a standard modern carol for solo performance with an operatic finish.

In the carol, the singer recalls the birth of Jesus. It was translated into English by Unitarian minister John Sullivan Dwight, editor of Dwight's Journal of Music in 1855, and lyrics also exist in other languages.

On 24 December 1906, Reginald Fessenden, a Canadian inventor, broadcast the first AM radio program, which included him playing "O Holy Night" on the violin.

"O Come, O come, Emmanuel" is a translation of the Catholic Latin text ("Veni, veni, Emmanuel") by John Mason Neale in the mid-19th century. It is a metrical version of a collation of various Advent Antiphons (the acrostic O Antiphons), which now serves as a popular Advent and Christmas hymn.

Its origins are unclear, it is thought that the antiphons are from at least the 8th Century, but "Veni, veni Emmanuel" may well be 12th Century in origin.

The text is based on the biblical prophesy from Isaiah 7:14 that states that God will give Israel a sign that will be called Immanuel (Lit.: God with us). Matthew 1:23 states fulfillment of this prophecy in the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.

It is believed that the traditional music stems from a 15th Century French processional for Franciscan nuns, but it may also have 8th Century Gregorian origins.

In addition to the player above, Clay Aiken - O Holy Night and More can be viewed at YouTube. You can download the montage with this Sendspace link.

PHOTO INTERLUDE: These clickables highlight the 2007 Christmas in the Heartland Tour. Included are AmazingCA 's graphic, photos by Riversend, 1; concert photos by Five Goldens, 2, and Invisible926, 3; graphic by cindilu2, photos by toni7babe, 4; and ACA's graphic, photos by ClayIzzaQT, 5.

Internet 'Aunties' Create Montages

With the huge bundle of photos and videos received during Thanksgiving Weekend, two online "aunties" -- Ashes and Aspiegirl -- surprised me with montages of grandchildren Kai and Lia.

Punchy from a full day of visiting, the two were entertaining themselves before bedtime. Thankfully, their mother grabbed her camera.

Lia giggles throughout most of the montage by Ashes. Upon receiving a preview, a North Dakota auntie-friend suggested that Kai is his sister's personal comedian, while a Canadian counterpart remarked, "You can't help but laugh out loud when babies laugh right from the bottom of their tummy. Kai is really a great little brother!"

Montage by Auntie Ashes

Big brother, who has always been intrigued with buttons on all devices, understands speed-dialing, last caller, redial, etc., at aged 2. Last week Poppy, in the midst of substituting at a local high school, was flabbergasted to receive a phone call from our two-year-old grandson. I need to make sure he knows Grandma Caro's number, too!

Aspiegirl's montage, which also incorporates scenes from Kai's first year, is accompanied by Clay singing "On the Wings of Love." Many thnx to our grandchildren's special, talented aunties!

Montage by Auntie Aspiegirl

12/11 ADDENDUM: Happy Birthday to the mother of Kai and Lia! In years past, I have blogged about the mid-December morning that Santa came early. The 2006 entry was titled Musical Weekend Alters Birthday.

Have a wonderful week celebrating this holiday season, Clay Nation!


SueReu said...

(am I first???)

Caro, thanks for using my montage and thanks for all the information about both songs! When I was out searching for the composer of Emmanuel, I was fascinated with what I read - I hope everyone else feels it's just as interesting.

Gorgeous blends (I think I miss home most at Christmastime and it's great to relive special moments in your photo interludes)

The Auntie Montages are great! There's NOTHING like children to brighten a day. Bet both Ashes & Aspiegirl had just as much fun making them as we have had watching them.

Hope the rest of your week goes well.

Thanks again!

PaulaBear said...

Thanks for posting sue's beautiful montage. No one can sing Christmas songs like Clay Aiken... especially those two beautiful songs! I also enjoyed the Auntie Montages. They were great!

Ashes said...

Caro, thanks for this next stop on Clay Aiken's virtual tour! It's full of delight from start to end.
SueReu's montage is lovely, Aspie's is so sweet - perfect song, and of course you know I just Love That Laugh! Thanks for sharing it :)

Anonymous said...

How cute are those videos..I love them!! Such wonderful children! Thanks for sharing !! I hope You and Yours and Clay Nation have the best holiday season!! Take care, A Clay music fan, Donna in Wi.


Hi Caro.
Thanks for posting the montage of suereu, really beautiful.
Very nice videos from your granddaughters.

LovesClaysVoice said...

Caro, thanks for the blog! I love Sue's video and your grandchildren are adorable! I miss Clay very much this Christmas!!!

Ashes said...

A wonderful blog to visit! Thank you so much for all the treats you share :)

IamMesmerized said...

Bravo to Sue for the wonderful Christmas montage. The blends are beautiful and the montages of the children are sweet.

Caro, your blog was a delight to read and watch, as usual.

Thank you.

MissSally said...

All of the montages are delightful.

The adorable Kai and Lea are touching reminders that Christmas is indeed for children; can't wait to see them open their holiday presents, ( that was a gentle reminder for momma capture this special time for all of the grand-kid's "Aunties"):)

Great blog, Caro!

SueReu said...

Caro, my daughter was born on 12/20 - they are the best gifts ever and nothing can ever top it.

Happy Birthday to DD!!!

katy said...

Happy Birthday to Kai and Lea and all the other December birthdays! Interesting history of OHN and OCOCE, both favorites of mine especially when Clay Aiken sings them.

Ashes said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your DD, Caro.
It's wonderful of her to share her sweet young 'uns with us :)

MAE said...

Wonderful blog!! Loved Sue's montage, just beautiful with Clay's amazingly blessed voice! Love all his Christmas songs! Adorable montages of your grandchildren! Thanks Ashes and Aspiegirl! Thank you Caro!!

chel4clay said...

All I can say is bravo, bravo. OMG that montage was wonderful, you can just feel the emotion. He sings right to my heart. I loved the pictures. The children are all so beautiful. They are so much fun at these ages.

Sandy said...

Hi Caro,
Clay sang both of these songs with such passion and emotion, that the hairs on my arms stood on end. Every note that he sings just wraps my body with such warmth. It is so easy to love him!

How nice for the "cyber aunties" of Kai and Lia to do those montages for you. These will be something they can cherish for a lifetime!

On a sad note...Ottawa Senators beat the Carolina Hurricanes tonight. 4-2 Final Score

Have a wonderful week,


Anonymous said...

Hi Caro. Great blog. Loved reading abot the history of the 2 songs. I knew what o Holy night was about but I did not know the origin of Emmanuel. Thank you to my "teacher Caro" I learned somethng new tonight. :)

Great photo's that you shared and also love the montages by Ashes and Suerue.

I think Lia's giggle is so cute. Thanks also for sharing my montage. It was so much fun to make and I had fun starring the talents of my lil nephew drummer.