Last week, we asked our listeners to send us their renditions of "Deck the Halls." We promised to bring your voices together, to the best of our abilities, in one glorious carol. Now, we bring you ... you!
We received hundreds of recordings, and we loved listening to each and every one of them, from the tuba band in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to the students in Mumbai, India.
We want to give a special hat tip to those of you who went so far as to entertain us with videos. While we tried to incorporate some of those into our crazy chorus, a couple of them have to be seen to be fully enjoyed.
Thanks to all of you for participating.
Chorus: Carley Evans and Hollan Kreil; Sharon Oats' homeroom class at Charlotte Latin School in Charlotte, N.C.; Amelia Catanzaro; Mia Samaha and Emma McBride; Kim Kilby and Bryan, Alex and Tucker Cherry; Tony Dreiling; Fran Theisier; John and Thera Ringhofer; J.P. Torres; Kristin Netzband; Risa Goehrke and Kathryn Metz; Liberty Huskey and her co-workers at SDL International; Connie Macek; Sebastian Peoples, Mary Hager and Zoe Stathis; Tom Gillespie; John Campbell; and members of the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration — who said they made this recording after work hours, of course!
Featured video submissions from: Puppets: D.J. Viernes, Adrienne Brown, Juli Atherton, Bob Dean, Christina Sparks, Duncan McCargar, Brooke Bruce, Taylor Scott-Smith, Jessica Barton, Lianna Tagle and Owen McIntee. Duet: Martha, Isaac and Adam Ruggles.
DAVID GREENE, HOST:
Now, last week we put out a call asking you to record yourselves singing the Christmas classic "Deck the Halls." We promised that we would bring your voices together, to the best of our abilities, in one glorious chorus. Hundreds of you sent recordings to us. We heard a cello duet, a tuba band, children's choirs. We even got alternate lyrics: fill the bars with Christmas drinking. A few of you said you haven't sung in years, but for MORNING EDITION, you gave it your best shot and we appreciate it. We're about to hear voices from all over the country, starting in Colorado with Drew Neilson and Dan Courtney and Christy Rowe. They sent this recorded in their car. Hit it.
CHRISTY ROWE: All right. Is everybody ready? Courtney, you start...
DREW NEILSON, DAN COURTNEY AND CHRISTY ROWE: (Singing) Deck the halls with boughs of holly fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la. 'Tis the season to be jolly...
UNIDENTIFIED GROUP #1: ...fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la.
UNIDENTIFIED GIRL #1: Don we now our gay apparel...
UNIDENTIFIED GROUP #1: Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la. Troll the...
UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: (Singing) Ancient Yuletide carol, fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la.
UNIDENTIFIED MAN #2: See the blazing Yule before us, fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la.
UNIDENTIFIED GROUP #3: Strike the harp and join the chorus, fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la...
UNIDENTIFIED GROUP #4: Follow me in merry measure, fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la...
UNIDENTIFIED GROUP #5: While I tell of yuletide treasure, fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la.
UNIDENTIFIED GIRL #2: Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la...
UNIDENTIFIED GROUP #6: Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la.
UNIDENTIFIED MAN #3: Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la...
UNIDENTIFIED GROUP #7: Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la.
GREENE: OK. That is a musical selection we will never forget. So, you just heard Carley Evans and Hollan Kreil; also Sharon Oats' homeroom class at Charlotte Latin School in Charlotte, North Carolina; Amelia Catanzaro; Mia Samaha and Emma McBride; Kim Kilby and Bryan, Alex and Tucker Cherry; Tony Dreiling Fran Theisier; John and Thera Ringhofer; J.P. Torres; Kristin Netzband; Risa Goehrke and Kathryn Metz; Liberty Huskey and co-workers at SDL International; Connie Macek; Sebastian Peoples, Mary Hager and Zoe Stathis; Tom Gillespie; and John Campbell and finally members of the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration, who said they made this recording after work hours, of course. And the cello music you hear is from Elise Baker and Janet Harvick(ph). And I got to tell you, we also received some amazing video submissions. They are worth a look at NPR.org.
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GREENE: On this Christmas Eve day, we're hoping that many of you have the day off work and are getting a chance to relax and spend time with people you love and also eat. We also know many Americans will be working in hospitals, police and fire departments, churches, stores, restaurants - the list goes on. And, of course, that list includes NPR, where our colleagues at work include a fine group of engineers: Zachary Coleman, Gregory Gavin, Brian Jarbo(ph), Melissa Marquee(ph), Ted Mebain(ph), Dennis Neilson, Renee Pringle, Daniel Sukin(ph), Curt Snodeker(ph), Jerry Tenant(ph), and the person responsible for the sounds you're hearing on this program this morning, Elizabeth Acklee(ph). I'm waving to her through the glass right now. Elizabeth, thank you.
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