Dolly’s music passion for the month of December is, very appropriately, Christmas.
In south Africa we have a radio station called Radio 5. And they have a DJ by the name of DJ Fresh on every weekday afternoon between 4 and 7 I think. Now this dude, other than the most infectious laugh I’ve ever heard, has a “Cheese of the day” every day.
And that’s what I though of when I looked for my Christmas song for the music passion.
It’s super cheesy. And my favourite modern Christmas song 😉
But I have a few lovely ones from the old days as well. Christmas would just not be Christmas without the mellifluous voices of Bing Crosby or Frank Sinatra or anybody from that era.
I’ve chosen two songs for my music passion.
Here’s the cheese…
And here’s the oldies…
I had a hard time choosing the oldie – there are so many brilliant songs, all sounding like everything is going to be OK, as long as it’s Christmas. Such a hard time that I think I’m going to include this one as well – it has a good message – one we would all do well to remember…
And then, because I’m South African, and an Afrikaner to boot, and we have hot lovely summer weather over Christmas, with green trees and fresh flowers and the blue African sky above us and the rich, fertile soil of Africa below us, and God’s every blessing in between, I’m adding a Christmas song in my language, written by my people, for my people. I do hope you enjoy the tune, even if you can’t understand the words. I have translated them to the best of my ability, just so you know what’s being sung. sort of. It loses a lot in translation.
|LIRIEK: Koos du Plessis|
welkom o stille nag van vrede Welcome oh Silent night of peace
onder die suiderkruis Under the Southern Cross
wyl stemme uit die ou verlede While voices from the past
oor sterrevelde ruis Rushes across fields of stars
kersfees kom, kersfees kom Christmas comes, Christmas comes
gee aan God die eer To G-d the honour
skenk ‘n helder somerkersfees Gift us with a bright Summer’s Christmas
aan hierdie land o Heer in this country Lord
hoor jy hoe sag die klokke beier Hear the bells softly ringing
in eeue oue taal in their ancient language
kyk, selfs die nagtelike swye Even the night’s silence
vertel die ou verhaal Tells the old tale
voel jy ook nou sy warm liefde Do you feel His warm love
as ons die dag gedenk As you celebrate the day
toe Hy sy Seun aan ons gestuur het when He sent His son to us?
ons grootste kersgeskenk Our biggest Christmas gift.
I know I’ve chosen too many songs. Alas, Christmas is not a time for only choosing one 😉
I hope you enjoy my selection as much as I did putting it together.