The miracle of the Internet and modern musical technology gives us music that simply wasn’t possible hundreds of years ago when God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen was created. Bear that in mind when you listen to this more accurate rendition of the song by a single man carrying four different parts. This song is one of the most abused in all of Christmas music and it is refreshing to hear it presented as it “should” be performed:
Julien Neel is a one-man barbershop quartet. His business is creating learning videos for vocal parts. A happy byproduct of that are his videos featuring Neel singing…well, with himself.
I call God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen one of the most abused songs of Christmas music because so many artists treat the song with sweeping cinematic sound tracks and dramatic dynamics that betray the song’s original intent.
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen is a joyful song, a song of celebration.
We have resisted sharing several renditions of the song this year from popular artists because they interpret the song so dramatically. Most sing it like singing Happy Birthday at a funeral. It is just inappropriate.
Neel’s classic four-part presentation is much truer to the original intent of the song.
While I’d love to see the technology that would put a guy like this in concert, able to sing all four parts spontaneously, I doubt that day is coming.
Thank goodness for Youtube!