The J&J Christmas Concerts

My brother, Jeremy, and I played Christmas songs for our English students. Our first day of Christmas concerts was on Thursday, December 13th. Jay played the ukulele and I played the guitar.

We played five songs for each class. Here are some YouTube samples…

{ J&J Christmas medley – 3 songs }

Song No. 1 – “Silent Night

The first song in the medley was “Silent Night”. Here’s one by Il Divo.

Song No. 2 – “Joy to the World”

The second song was “Joy to the World”.  Here’s one by Acappella.

Song No. 3 – “El Santa Pasa” (“El Condor Pasa”)

And the third song of our medley was “El Santa Pasa”. We changed the title of “El Condor Pasa”, a South American song, to make it into a “Christmas song”. 🙂 “The Santa Passes”… get it? Here’s one I found on YouTube performed with saxophones by the Christmas Band!

{ Sing-alongs }

Song No 4. – “We Wish You A Merry Christmas”

We also played some easy songs that the students can sing along with. We sang “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” together! Here’s Mr. Munson playing the song on the guitar (with lyrics).

Song No. 5 – “Jingle Bells”

And the last song we played and sang was “Jingle Bells“! This is a ukulele performance by Hoang Luu.


We are going to play these 5 songs on Friday, Saturday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, too!

We also want the students to learn the true meaning of Christmas – the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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By Request, ‘O Holy Night’ (Il Divo)

This is my brother’s first request for Lee Duigon’s Christmas Carol Contest, and this is my first reblog!

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Justin’s brother, Jeremy, enters our Christmas Carol Contest with this request: O Holy Night, by Il Divo.

So far, What Child Is This? continues to lead with 22 views on the day it was posted. I don’t know–is that a lot of views? Well, we’ll find out, I guess.

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Amazing Grace

“Amazing Grace”… definitely one of the most sung and well-known hymns of all time. Composed by Sir John Newton and published in 1779, this hymn calls us to remember how amazing are God’s grace and love towards us, so undeserving as we are, to send His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for our sins. Praise God for His sovereign grace!

This is a good rendition sung by Il Divo at the Colosseum in Rome. These opera singers from four different countries have marvellous voices, and the bagpipes are just awesome!!

Lyrics:

Verse 1:        (Singer: Sébastien Izambard, from France)

Amazing grace! how sweet the sound,

That saved a wretch like me!

I once was lost, but now am found,

Was blind, but now I see!

Verse 2:        (Singer: David Miller, from the U.S.A.)

‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,

And grace my fears relieved;

How precious did that grace appear,

The hour I first believed!

Verse 3:         (Singer: Urs Bühler, from Switerland)

Thro’ many dangers, toils, and snares,

I have already come;

‘Tis grace hath bro’t me safe thus far,

And grace will lead me home!

Verse 4:         (Singer: Carlos Marín, from Spain)

When we’ve been there ten thousand years,

Bright shining as the sun,

We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise,

Than when we first begun!

Verse 1 Repeat

(Edit: October 15th: I noticed today that “Amazing Grace” fits into the melody of the New Year song,”Auld Lang Syne”, which is adapted into the hymn, “All Glory Be To Christ“. “Amazing Grace” fits into a few other hymns as well.)