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The History of Christmas Carols

Most of us grew up singing Christmas carols, learning the lyrics to classics such as Jingle Bells or Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, at a very young age. But believe it or not, carols have been sung for thousands of years and didn’t start for the sake of Christmas. They were sang pagans who were celebrating Winter Solstice. Carols were accompanies by celebrations and people dancing around stone circles. This is why the word carol is actually has Greek roots, originally pronounced choraulein, meaning “an ancient circle dance performed to flute music.”

Because the carols became a custom and tradition, early Christians decided to take over the celebrations rather than ban them, changing out the songs for more Christian ones. In AD 129, a Roman Bishop said that a song called ‘Angel’s Hymn’ should be sung at a Christmas service in Rome. Soon many composers all over Europe started to write carols. However, not many people liked them as they were all written and sung in Latin, a language that the normal people couldn’t understand. By the time of the Middles Ages (the 1200s), most people had lost interest in celebrating Christmas altogether.

St. Francis of Assisi changed this in 1223, when he started his Nativity Plays in Italy. The plays included songs or ‘canticles’ that told a story during the play. The songs were typically written in the people’s language which then gave rise to carol’s popularity again among the masses. The earliest carol that was actually written down came out in 1410. Only a very small fragment of it still exists in historic records. The carol was about Mary and Jesus meeting different people in Bethlehem.

Most carols from this time and the Elizabethan period were untrue stories, very loosely based on the Christmas story, about the holy family and were seen as entertaining rather than religious songs. They were usually sung in homes rather than in churches. Traveling singers or Minstrels started singing these carols and the words were changed for the local people wherever they were traveling.

When Oliver Cromwell and the Puritans came to power in England in 1647, the celebration of Christmas and singing carols was stopped. Puritans at that time disapproved as well of the celebration of Christmas, and did not close shop on that day, but continued to work through December 25. However, the carols survived as people still sang them in secret. Those caught singing Christmas carols could be fined five shillings for demonstrating Christmas spirit. Carols remained mainly unsung until Victorian times until 1660 when King Charles II restored the Stuarts to the throne. The public was once again able to practice the singing of Christmas carols.

Before carol singing in public became popular, there were sometimes official carol singers called ‘Waits’. These were bands of people led by important local leaders (such as council leaders) who had the only power in the towns and villages to take money from the public (If others did this, they were sometimes charged as beggars!). They were called ‘Waits’ because they only sang on Christmas Eve (This was sometimes known as ‘watchnight’ or ‘waitnight’ because of the shepherds were watching their sheep when the angels appeared to them.), when the Christmas celebrations began.

Also, at this time, many orchestras and choirs were being set up in the cities of England and people wanted Christmas songs to sing, so carols once again became popular. Many new carols such as ‘Good King Wenceslas’, were also written.

New carols services were created and became popular, as did the custom of singing carols in the streets. Both of these customs are still popular today and fortunately one can sing Christmas carols as much as they would like without being fined.

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

Top Paying Careers in the Music Biz

If it’s not in the stars to be the next Jennifer Lopez, or perhaps you are just waiting for your chance to step into P.Diddy’s shoes, there are several alternatives to being in the musical spotlight. Music is an ever-growing business, not only in that spotlight, but in other arenas surrounding it. From CD graphic designers, to sound check technicians and grade school music teachers, music career opportunities are everywhere. Here are the top paying music careers, for the year ending 2009:

1.) Music Director – Average Pay: $49,289/Year
A music director generally works with a musical group; orchestra, symphony choir, or otherwise. They develop and/or coordinate concerts, rehearsals and programming. This position often works with outreach programs, directing fundraising projects, activities and lectures. A musical director career requires a Bachelors of Arts in music, initially, and most likely will also require a Master’s degree in the field. If the fit is right between the musical director and the company he/she is working with, this is a long-term position in most cases.

2.) Sound Engineer for Live Events – Average Pay: $46,550/Year
These sound wizards normally have a mixed background in electrical engineering, music/fine arts and/or audio production. Who wouldn’t want to operate the microphone when a top artist hits the stage, ready to sing? Some of the best sound engineers have Bachelors degrees in Audio Production or Audio Engineering, but there are the few that get behind the scenes with their simple charm, connections and electrical know-how.

3.) College/University Professor of Music – Average Pay: $50,280/Year
Summers off aren’t the only perk of this high paying music career. These accomplished musicians have the opportunity to learn and talk about their craft all day! Professors of music are responsibly for developing solid curriculums, grading performance and assisting students in their musical goals. Music professors also attend several seminars, performances and other learning programs, themselves, to always be up on the music scene, new and old.

4.) Artist/Band Managers – Average Pay: $54,070/Year
The witty business persons take their own creativity and connections to market their particular artists. In charge of contract negotiations, scheduling, planning tours and building relationships with music’s heavyweights, this is a full-time job! Most managers have a degree in Business Administration, Business or Marketing. Although, there are several well-paid managers that have been successful without these credentials. It seems that an artist’s manager is always filling the gaps where they cannot. But the rewards and opportunities are endless.

5.) Film-Making Sound Editor – Average Pay: $68,620/Year
This may not be one of the most glamorous careers in Hollywood, but once a sound editor has proven his/her self in the film industry, the work is quite steady. A sound editor can spend hours in front of a computer monitor, scraping seconds of sounds varying from the waves of the ocean to screams of horror. Every movie, cartoon and television commercial requires a sound editor; and for anyone who has sat in front of the television long enough – opportunity is out there. The highest paying sound editors work with just as high-paid actors in movies seen internationally. Although, building a resume off of small gigs, temporarily, is a great start.

So if being a musician isn’t in the stars for you and yet you love music, at least you do have alternatives.

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

Singing Siblings

People say that talent runs in a family. A lot of actors take after their parents, brothers, or sisters. This is also true in the music industry. There are not only a lot of family acts, such as the Jackson 5 or the Jonas Brothers, but there are a lot of siblings who are both in the industry. Sometimes one sibling takes the spotlight more so than the other which can lead to rivalry and jealousy. Other times, both siblings are both such sensational hits that the family name takes over the music charts. Here are some famous sibling musical artists.

Both the Jonas Brothers and the Van Halen brothers perform as a group. The Jonas Brothers took over the music charts and their group exploded into stardom amongst younger kids and teens. They are a pop band from New Jersey and record under the labels Hollywood, Columbia, INO, and Daylight. They went on tour with another famous artist who followed in her father’s footsteps, Miley Cyrus. Currently, they have four albums released. Their first album was titled, “It’s About Time,” and the most current album is titled, “Lines, Vines, and Trying Times.”

The Van Halen brothers are a little more old school and are a rock band that hit their prime in the 1980s. The three brothers, along with a few other musicians, make up the band Van Halen. This band is from the opposite side of the country from the Jonas Brothers and originated in California. They are a heavy metal and hard rock band that records under the labels Yessup Recording and Warner Brothers. They are such a successful band that has sold close to 100 million albums worldwide. The three brother’s names are Alex, Wolfgang, and Eddie Van Halen.

Two siblings that performed separately that both took over the music charts since the 1980s are Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson. Michael’s career started much earlier than his sister’s did when he performed alongside his older brothers in the Jackson 5. He had a solo career which turned him into music sensation and legend. His music and dancing is still admired even after the mourning of his recent death. He is a pop icon and invented new dance moves. His sister had a huge shadow to cast out of. Janet Jackson was a hit and her dance moves also stunned the world. When she turned 16 years old, she signed a recording contrast and her career took off ever since that time.

You can’t look at a tabloid or magazine without seeing the two faces of these sisters. Jessica Simpson and Ashley Simpson-Wentz are singing sensations. Jessica had a promising career and was up against huge stars Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears. She had a rough start and a lot of competition. Her voice is amazing and she can carry a tune. She had a few hit singles as a pop star and recently crossed over to work on her career as a country music artist. Like Janet Jackson, Ashley Simpson also had big shoes to fill. Ashley was instantly a hit even with a lot of criticism. Her fame can be attributed to her MTV reality show and her name. She is more of a punk/pop singer and is more edgy than Jessica. Both sisters have had chart topping hits.

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

Music Gift Ideas for the Holidays

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or another holiday during the holiday season, a little gift giving will be sure to come. Gift cards are easy, but not very personal and show little thought. You also don’t want to be known as the bad gift giver, nor do you want to receive a gift that is, shall we say, substandard. Some old school music gifts would include: a walkman, a big bulky boom box, a cassette tape player, or a portable CD player. Those were the gifts you should’ve given out back in the 1980s and early 1990s. Here are some up to date music gift ideas to put on your wish list or gifts to give to a friend, family member, or loved one.

A lot of free Internet radio stations/websites have options for you to make your own playlists. This is similar to a music service provider such as iTunes. A great gift idea is to give someone an MP3 player. This device comes in many different sizes, colors, and brands. It is a way to download your music onto one place that can be taken every where for you to listen to. You can upload your song lists from Internet Radio sites or music services providers off of your computer, onto the MP3, and listen to the music from school, the gym, or anywhere else outside of your home. It’s the walkman of the 2000s.

Some of the earpieces that come with the MP3 player can be uncomfortable or have low sound quality. Another great music gift idea would be to find headphones that produced the best quality sound. You can find headphones that are made for runners so that they don’t slip out of your ears while you are working out. Other types of headphones block out annoying outside sounds. You can find some that match the color of the MP3 player too. This would be a great gift to give with the MP3 player or for someone who already had one.

A lot of artists today record their concerts and sell them as DVDs. Concerts can be very expensive or hard to buy tickets if they artist sells out of them right away. If you know someone’s favorite group or solo artists, you can buy them a live recording of their concert. It’s a fun way to listen to music and concerts are amazing to watch or go to because of the lights, dancing, and theatrical type entertainment. During the holidays, a lot of artists come together to put on performances for a specific holiday such as Christmas. Buying one of these DVDs would not only be a great gift but would also fit the holiday theme.

Keeping your music devices protected is important because the devices won’t get scratched or incur other types of damage. You can find cases to protect MP3 players, headphones, and even DVDs and CDs. Cases are made with protective layers and materials. They also come in an assortment of different colors, fabrics, designs, shapes, and sizes. You can find a case that matches the personality of the person you are giving it to which will make it extra special.

I hope some of these music gift ideas will come in handy for you during the holiday season.

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

Songs with Santa

A holiday icon that we’ve all loved as kids comes but once a year. He brings us presents, eats cookies, drinks milk and hot cocoa, has flying reindeer, a fleet of elves, and a jolly presence that brings a smile to our faces. I’m talking about Santa Claus of course! If you didn’t write him a letter this year asking for your one Christmas wish, you can catch him at your local mall and tell him in person what you so desire. Be sure not to make his naughty list, and he really does check it twice. He’s so famous in fact, that songs have been written and sung about him for years. A legend? I think not! Here are some songs with Santa.

To spread the word about Santa coming on Christmas Eve, you may have heard or even sang this song yourself, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” This song was written and recorded in 1934 and has been a holiday favorite ever since. Eddie Cantor had a radio show and it was the first place listeners heard the song. It was written by the two songwriters, Haven Gillespie and J. Fred Coots and instantly became a hit. Artists from Destiny’s Child, to Miley Cyrus, to the legendary Bing Crosby have performed their rendition of the classic hit.

Another holiday favorite about him is, “Santa Baby.” It was written in 1953 by Joan Javitz and was originally performed by Eartha Kitt. Perhaps one of the more memorable acts who have sung this was Marilyn Monroe. The song is about a woman who wants extravagant and expensive gifts like jewelry and a yacht (among other things) and sings them like this, “Santa baby, I want a yacht and really thats not a lot. Been an angel all year. Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight”(“Santa Baby”, Javitz 1953). This song to Santa is probably every woman’s favorite.

A song that has been the inspiration for Christmas movies is, “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.” This was written by Tommie Connor and recorded first by Jimmy Boyd. The song was popular that it made the #1 spot on the Billboard Music charts. The lavish store Neiman Marcus loved the song so much that they used it as an idea for Christmas cards sold in their store. The song is about a child who saw their mommy kissing Santa, who was really their dad dressed up in a Santa costume. The movie is a great family film to watch during the holidays, and you’ll get to hear the fun song too.

Do you have any songs about Santa you enjoy listening to over the holidays? What is your favorite present from Santa you have received as a kid (or even as an adult)?

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

Traditional Holiday Music

The Holiday season is filled with good times with friends and family, good food, timeless traditions, and amazing music. Traditional holiday music has the power to bring back memories from family generations and bring together the old and young. Two holidays during the winter that have timeless, classic, and century old music is Christmas and Hanukkah. These holidays have songs that make our all time favorite music lists. Here are some traditional holiday songs from winter holidays.

There are so many classic Christmas songs that have been around for many years. A lot of artists today make modern renditions of some of our favorites. It seems like every top rock, country, or pop artist has a Christmas album. Their albums include some of our old time favorites and new hits. Traditional Christmas songs range from carols, to ballads, to instrumental, to classic songs. Some of our favorite Christmas carols have been around for centuries. Some songs that may sound familiar to you are “Angels We Have Heard On High” or “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.” More modern Christmas tunes are songs such as “White Christmas,” “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree,” or “Silent Night.” A lot of traditional Christmas music is also in some of our favorite movies as well.

Hanukkah songs are beautiful and rich with tradition. The songs are not only about the holiday itself, but go along with lighting candles on the menorah. A famous comedian, Adam Sandler, wrote a comical song about Hanukkah to bring a modern touch to the holiday. A very eloquent and traditional song, “Mi Y’ maleil,” is song in Hebrew and was written about spiritual victory. It has also been translated into an English version, and the titled is translated as “Who Can Retell.” Another classic song about Hanukkah is called, “Light One Candle.” This was written about the Maccabees’ and the struggle for equality and justice and about Judaism through the ages. A common image representing Hanukkah is the dreidel. A song that teaches about the dreidel is called, “I have a Little Dreidel.”

A lot of these songs are played on both traditional and Internet radio stations during the winter season and are both considered main holidays within the season. There are some programs that dedicate the entire month of December to only playing traditional holiday music. What songs bring back childhood memories for you or memories with family and friends? What songs will you play during this holiday season with your friends and family?

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

Americas Country Sweetheart Carrie Underwood

This 26 year old American country singer has rose to fame since her debut on the forth season of American Idol in 2004. After her American Idol win, Carrie Underwood has captured the hearts of all ages, with her girl-next-door personality and amazing vocal talent.

Carrie Underwood has released three multi-platinum albums. Carrie’s hit songs from her first album, “Before He Cheats” and “Jesus Take The Wheel” remained on both Canada and the United States pop hits chart for weeks on end. This initial album, entitled, Some Hearts earned seven times platinum and was historically recognized as the fastest selling country music album of all time. Some Hearts also landed Underwood two advertising deals with both Hershey chocolate and Sketchers shoes.

In 2006 Carrie Underwood won her first CMT Country Music Award in the Horizon Female Vocalist category. This award led to a whirlwind of over ninety-three additional awards thereafter, notably, the World’s Best-Selling New Artist in 2008 and CMT Female Vocalist of the year in 2008.

While touring and continuing to work on her second album, Carrie Underwood was inducted into the honorable, Grand Ole Opry. Underwood stated on the night of the induction, “I promise I’ll do everything I can to not make you regret it”. Since that night, Underwood has sold over 10.4 million albums in the United States alone; blatantly proving her statement as truth.

Carrie Underwood was born to Stephen and Carole Underwood in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and was raised on her parents’ farm in the rural town of Checotah, Oklahoma. She has two older sisters, Shanna and Stephanie. Her father worked in a sawmill while her mother was an elementary school teacher. During her childhood, Underwood had performed at local talent shows and at her church. In 1996, she was in the process of getting a contract with Capitol Records, but the deal was canceled when the recording company’s management changed.

Besides being a talented singer, Underwood was also a good student. Underwood graduated from Checotah High School in 2001 as salutatorian. After high school, she attended Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, graduating magna cum laude in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication and an emphasis in journalism. For two years during the summer, Underwood performed in Northeastern State University’s Downtown Country show in Tahlequah. She also competed in numerous beauty pageants at the university and was selected as Miss NSU runner-up in 2004.

Carrie Underwood has also chosen to use her good fortune to give back. Whether it be visiting American Troops in the Middle East or traveling to the desserts of Africa for ‘American Idol’s Give Back’, this starlet uses her extra time to assist. Underwood, as a vegetarian, has also chosen to work closely with the Humane Society of the United States; continually donating to causes for animals needing rescue. Underwood also lent her voice to benefit cancer research. She was featured on the 2008 song, Just Stand Up. The proceeds benefited Stand Up to Cancer. As a result of their fund raising efforts, the SU2C scientific advisory committee, overseen by the American Association for Cancer Research was able to award 73.6 million dollars towards new groundbreaking research.

While Underwood has only been in the public eye for five years, her current success may only mark the beginning of a long and successful career.

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

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    For more information please visit 977music.com.