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Fiddlerman
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August 27, 2021 - 1:36 pm
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Honestly, whatever is easiest. Sometimes I don't know what is easier because it makes no difference to me technically. That being said, I don't think we can get it done before Halloween. I need to write parts for more instruments.
We could do a very basic version but I also need time to mix everything.

I want the next project to be without a time line to begin with.

Let's figure out which project we want to do and I'll dig up or write some parts.

Let's also start on our Christmas project to make sure we have plenty of time. We can do simultaneous projects. 😁

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but the one who needs the least."

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Fiddlerman
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September 7, 2021 - 10:39 am
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Any thoughts about which Christmas piece to do as a project this year. Christmas is the one project that I have never skipped out on and I would like us to begin early this year.

Thoughts about "Last Christmas"?

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but the one who needs the least."

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I just searched it. I love it!

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@Fiddlerman -

It was very difficult to get members to vote on anything last year, but of the people that did participate, these were of highest interest: 

#1. Medieval-Renaissance Era 

"In Dulci Jubilo", "Es ist ein Ros'entsprungen", "O Come O Come Ye Emmanual", "Noél Nouvelet" (Sing We Now of Christmas), "Wexford Carol"

#2. Baroque-Classical Era 

"Sussex Carol", "Gloucestershire Carol", "Corelli: Pastorale", "Pastoral Symphony of Handel's Messiah"

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September 7, 2021 - 11:44 am
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This is the moment I have been waiting for!

@Fiddlerman, I will be happy and appreciative to participate in whatever piece you choose for the Christmas project.  Thank you for all you do!!

That said, I would love to see White Christmas as the choice.

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I second Emily’s list—many beautiful Christmas tunes.  Not against a modern era tune, but really don’t like “Last Christmas”.

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I don't know. If I recall once traditional was mentioned, that seemed to be what most people liked. All of a sudden people spoke up. Traditional Holiday that is not really religious. 

Traditional is what I vote for. As was stated in last year’s thread, if it isn’t something I have any desire to do, not a problem. I just can’t stand non-traditional holiday music, or traditional holiday music that has had the melody played with and jazzed up or made unidentifiable. 

White Christmas

Favorite Things

Up On a Housetop

Silver Bells

Chestnuts (Might have been done many years ago, if I recall, but we are a new group)

Etc.

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Fiddlerman
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September 7, 2021 - 1:44 pm
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ELCBK said
@Fiddlerman - It was very difficult to get members to vote on anything last year

This is true.

In Dulci Jubilo
O Come O Come Ye Emmanual
Noél Nouvelet
Wexford Carol
Sussex Carol

White Christmas
Up On a Housetop
Silver Bells
Chestnuts - Don't remember doing this @Mouse

I took the liberty of eliminating a few that I personally feel can be too much work to achieve the result that we are hoping for.

Let's hear it from you guys...... Otherwise, I'll have to be like a dictator, and I hate dictators. 🤣

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ELCBK
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I'm down to preferring one of these: 

  • "Noél Nouvelet" (Sing We Now of Christmas)  
  • "Wexford Carol" 

...kinda hard to get around the fact that Christmas is a religious holiday. 😊

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@Fiddlerman I may have seen it done as a group elsewhere, or wishful thinking for a few years, then.

To some, from Christmas to the New Year, it is just an end of the year "celebration." It is pretty much what it is to you as an individual, which is neither right nor wrong. I tend to try to consider the whole. But, as I said, and was said by someone else the last time,  if the selection is not one that I am comfortable with for any reason, that is completely fine. Not really debating any of them, 😁. Just alternatives being offered.

I am leaning towards Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire, right now.

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My vote (1st & 2nd choice):

Sing We Now of Christmas

O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Hope all you folks out there in the Forum world give your input here. Fiddlerman puts a lot of work into these projects--and now he's asked for your input.  Please provide it to him. smile

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Based on the updated list, these are my preferences:

Number One:  White Christmas! 😊❄️❄️❄️

Number Two: any one of Wexford Carol, Sussex Carol, Silver Bells, in no particular order

@Fiddlerman, please be a dictator.  😄 It is more than gracious of you to invest your talents, time, and expertise organizing and producing these projects for us.  I’m certain that an early start will benefit you and all of us.  To me, it is unfathomable how you manage to juggle the FiddlerShop’s Black Friday and holiday season sales rush with these projects, not to mention enjoying your own Christmas.  Please use your wisdom and experience to make the best choice on the schedule that suits you.  It will also be great for us to participate in this project early enough that we can do our best and still have time to devote ourselves to our own Christmas preparations.  Thank you!

I can’t wait to get started!

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Colette
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Hi all! Based on the suggestions above, my favourite would be the Wexford Carol, but I'd be happy with any of the older songs:

In Dulci Jubilo
O Come O Come Ye Emmanual
Noél Nouvelet
Sussex Carol

Having worked in retail for many years, I've heard every Christmas song soooo many times, I'd like to try something a little less common. That said, that's my own personal bugbear. :)

I've missed playing music with other people and I've really enjoyed the challenge of the previous group projects, so I'll participate whatever is chosen.

I like Fiddlerman's idea of doing simultaneous projects, but I appreciate that's a huge amount of work. In terms of a project without a deadline, maybe we could do a more challenging piece (in parallel with or after the Christmas one) with a longer time to practise. I may regret saying this, but I'll give anything a try if I have enough time to practise it.

Thanks again to Fiddlerman for setting this up!

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Because I only know 2 pieces of this list, I will vote them! 🎅🏻🎄

So no. 1 White Christmas and no. 2 O Come, O Come Emmanuel

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Fiddlerman
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OK, you guys are helpful. I'll wait a bit longer. I know what I'm leaning towards.

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but the one who needs the least."

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Just to add one more, "What Child is This" is also known as "Greensleeves", Christmas with a secular basis.

The old curmudgeon!

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I've recently found regular practice time again for the most part, so I'm looking forward to participate this year. It's been 4 years for me since the last one.

I'm leaning towards White Christmaschristmascandle . It just fits personal sentiments at this time and it's nice and slow. Just to put a vote out there. I'll be happy with whatever the project will be as long as I'm able to play it and it's not Last Christmas, no offense but it's one of those few songs I can't stand.

It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself. Johann S.Bach

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Hi, just joining in here. I like Sussex Carol, sounds very nice and do-able as well. A bit unique too. But if you lead, I will follow, @fiddlerman  , you decide!

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Hi all - 

I am ok with pretty much anything mentioned except for Last Christmas (so I am casting my vote against that one!)

Cyndie 

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Oh I'd love White Christmas or What Child is This.  

Thanks for the heads up Sharon.  I've been fighting the Big C, not THAT big C, but Covid.  Even though I am fully vaccinated, I managed to catch it and it kicked my butt.  

 

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