Christmas Doo Wap and The Messiah

9 Dec

DSC04822We were lolling around in the house this Sunday morning when we heard the sounds of a live gospel group.  Being curious souls, we went out the door and around the corner to find the source of the sound. And there on Hutt Street was a group of young people singing Christmas Gospel.DSC04819 The doo wap sound was punctuated by hand clapping and moving to the a capella beat.

The day was brilliant sunshine. This gave a special effect to the one singer with  Santa-red hair topping. Other singers wore sunglasses and red and gold sparkly tinsel boas. Kind of a Mediterranean Christmas pret a porter.
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Diners seemed nonplussed by having a choir amid their lattes and eggs benedict ..like this happens every day. However, we unabashedly followed them from street corner to street corner as they sang and shimmied.

I am one of those people who always sings along, even if that is not the express intention of the performance. DSC04818Here the rhythms were so complex and the music so original that was not really possible. Though enthusiastic yet surreptitious dancing was essential.

As you can see the singers were animated, engaged and absolutely charming.

That same Sunday evening, we walked around the corner to Saint John’s Anglican church for a Handel’s Messiah Sing-along. Yes, you read that correctly.

DSC04815We arrived to a full church with song books (circa 1923) available  to those who needed the score for the entire Messiah was to be sung with all solos and choruses.

I did not expect that the choir mistress would ask the church to sit in soprano, alto, tenor and bass sections. I did not expect that the Messiah would be sung from beginning to end with about 85 percent of the attendees participating. And I did not expect that the “audience” was brilliant.

When it came time for the Hallelujah Chorus, almost everyone stood and the church was filled with harmonic sound.

For me, Christmas is inextricably bound with music. Singing together was one of the things we did in my family.  I remember one year we even tried the Hallelujah Chorus while doing the dishes from Christmas dinner and four-part harmony could be heard, at times. So for me this day of neighborhood music was a messenger heralding the Christmas spirit.

Wishing you all have a little music in your lives this Christmas

7 Responses to “Christmas Doo Wap and The Messiah”

  1. Maryl December 10, 2012 at 8:12 pm #

    We decided not to decorate this year since we’re heading East for Christmas so it’s nice to see how others are celebrating. Do you see a lot of Xmas tree lots and stores all decked out? I do love the music at Christmas but think I would be content to listen to a performance of the Messiah. What a wonderful musical experience you had. I love it when you come across something totally unexpected. Merry Christmas and thanks for the gift of letting us “travel” with you these past 9+ months.

    • Jill December 10, 2012 at 10:29 pm #

      It’s been great having you with us in our mind’s eye on this adventure. Last night Jill and Paul stopped by and gave us a little Christmas tree and some other decorations for the oottage. We are all decked out now. The Christmas decorations here are small and subtle. Australians have events like a biker toy collection drive then they travel across Adelaide delivering the toys. We are going to a Carol Sing in Elder Park. People sit out on the grass in the evening and sing carols. Then there are fireworks. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and Rich.

  2. jeannette December 10, 2012 at 3:47 am #

    Our church had done a Messiah sing along for 17 years with the congregation doing the chorus ( sittinnby ssecionn) and solo’s singing the other parts. It is on the 1st Sunday after Thanksgiving. Come see it some time. JEannette

    • Jill December 10, 2012 at 8:48 am #

      How great. Maybe more people know the music of the Messiah than I realized. Merry Christmas Jeannette.

  3. Joyce Tate December 10, 2012 at 12:36 am #

    How marvelous … too bad you can’t include video w/ your post 😉 …

  4. Ursula Freer December 9, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

    Thank you for this wonderful report!

    • Jill December 9, 2012 at 8:58 pm #

      You are welcome Ursula. It was fun to write. J

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