Song Lyric Sunday: Christmassy Music

I found this song on YouTube and really liked it. In doing research on it, I found out that it was composed and sung by British composer Leigh Haggerwood in 2010. He wanted to bring back the spirit of Christmas that he felt was lacking from the UK charts for decades. He was disappointed by the annual non-festive songs and when he was writing My Favourite Time of Year, he recollected his own childhood in the early 1980s. The melody is catchy and upbeat, which “weaves up and down the major scales of Eb and Bb.” It also has traditional Christmas sounds such as chimes and harmonies.

The video is set in Victorian England, filmed in Shropshire which gave it an authentic recreation of the period. In the video the street becomes “Florin Street.” Haggerwood had trouble promoting the song at first because it wasn’t coming from a major label. It gained prominence through social media. After its release in December 2010, in August 2011 the United States Army Band asked for permission to arrange the song for their Christmas concert at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington D.C. After that, it was requested for TV and radio shows, and Haggerwood  received requests to perform it in schools, churches, choirs, orchestras, theatres and youth groups.

You can listen to the entire album Christmas Songs by the Florin Street Band on YouTube.

My Favourite Time of Year lyrics: 

Lanterns lighting up the town,
Peace on earth is all around,
Everything is calm on Christmas Eve.
There’s goodwill in the air tonight,
Angels sing by candle light,
Their voices carried on the wind.
When carol singers gather round,
When I hear that festive sound,
I wanna join with them and sing!
Chorus
They sing a merry song and we all sing along,
A festive melody that tells us Christmas time is here.
See the stars tonight; they’re shining bright,
‘Cause it’s Christmas time
and it’s my favourite time of year.

Deck the halls with boughs of holly,
Give me mistletoe; it’s the season to be jolly,
Wrapping presents, writing cards,
helping decorate the tree,
But there’s one thing that makes it all for me.
When carol singers gather round,
Angel voices fill the town,
It’s like the world is joining in
(Noel, Noel, Noel)
Chours
They sing a merry song and we all sing along,
A festive melody that tells us Christmas time is here.
See the stars tonight; they’re shining bright,
‘Cause it’s Christmas time and it’s my favourite time of year.

Christmas Eve,
Still believe,
So excited,
Can’t sleep,
When the morning comes,
Church bells ring,
And he’s been
Chorus
They sing a merry song and we all sing along,
A festive melody that tells us Christmas time is here.
See the stars tonight; they’re shining bright,
‘Cause it’s Christmas time and it’s my favourite time of year.
And it’s my favourite time of year
(Noel, Noel)

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Song Lyric Sunday
Dec. 22, 2019

 

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