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Free Christmas Song Each Day

Madrigal Feaste

My wife was ill the day I did this photo shoot with the group. Notice the vacant spot, fourth from the left on the front row.

Due to bandwidth concerns, you may play samples below, but I no longer offer full songs here for download. Read my post about this music for more details.


1. Patapan
Posted: 12/5/2006
Source: CD
Length: 0:58
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2. Remember, O Thou Man
Posted: 12/6/2006
Source: Cassette tape
Length: 3:46
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3. Gaudete
Posted: 12/7/2006
Source: Cassette tape
Length: 1:37
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4. The Holly and the Ivy
Posted: 12/7/2006
Source: CD
Length: 3:57
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5. Lullay My Liking
Posted: 12/8/2006
Source: Cassette (quiet recording)
Length: 5:05
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6. Deck the Hall in 7/8 Time
Posted: 12/8/2006
Source: Cassette (quiet recording)
Length: 1:16
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7. I Saw Three Ships
Posted: 12/11/2006
Source: Cassette (quiet recording)
Length: 1:53
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8. Away in a Manger
Posted: 12/11/2006
Source: Cassette (quiet recording)
Length: 2:45
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9. Riu, Riu, Chiu
Posted: 12/12/2006
Source: Cassette (quiet recording)
Length: 3:43
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10. The Stable Boy
Posted: 12/12/2006
Source: Cassette (quiet recording)
Length: 2:06
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11. Gabriel’s Message
Posted: 12/13/2006
Source: CD
Length: 1:44
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12. To Him We Sing
Posted: 12/13/2006
Source: CD
Length: 2:31
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13. Gaudete (alternate)
Posted: 12/14/2006
Source: CD
Length: 2:22
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14. Sweet Was the Song
Posted: 12/15/2006
Source: CD
Length: 3:25
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15. Be Merry, Be Merry
Posted: 12/18/2006
Source: CD
Length: 1:59
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16. In the Bleak Mid-Winter
Posted: 12/18/2006
Source: Cassette
Length: 3:12
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17. Joyfully Now Let Praises Ring
Posted: 12/20/2006
Source: CD
Length: 1:21
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18. Recipe
Posted: 12/20/2006
Source: CD
Length: 1:25
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19. Noel Sing We
Posted: 12/21/2006
Source: Cassette
Length: 1:25
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24 Responses to Free Christmas Song Each Day

  1. Holy… MOLY!

    That is OUTSTANDING! (and those words don’t do it justice)

    I love that kind of music… and Shan was in some of these?

    I can’t WAIT till the next one.

    Are they all that short though?

    Excellent job bud… and you Shan!

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  2. Dave sent me – wow that was beautiful! :-) If that doesn’t put Dave in the spirit, I don’t know what will ;-)

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  3. Sure… but let me get this straight.

    We’ll only have the complete CD of great carols, on Christmas????

    (Like I said, I want it all, and I want it now!) *LOL*

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  4. Dave – Yep, and I get to listen to her walk around the house singing like an angel every Christmas season. That’s the thing from college she misses the most — getting to be part of such a great group.

    We’ll see what I do in the future about the timing. Hmmm… maybe a bonus track on random days?

    Karen – Glad you came on over. I hope it speaks to everybody on some level, even if not spiritually.

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  5. This utterly oozes “Holiday Spirit” :-)

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  6. Wow… they just keep getting better and better!!!!

    Love the second one, and it’s longer!!!

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  7. Linda – Yep, in their own way, they all do.

    Dave – Glad you’re still liking it. With the sheer number of songs we have, it’s not easy to choose.

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  8. Another beautiful choice, Mark. Thank you!

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  9. Wow…. this is breathtaking.
    I know my bud Curt is also stopping by to get them, even if he hasn’t posted. It totally blew him away too.

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  10. Karen – Glad you’re enjoying.

    Dave – I hoped folks would get a kick out of these.

    Hi, Curt.

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  11. Really, really beautiful :-)

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  12. Wow… once again, blown away.
    Post them all bud!!! I need the Christmas Spirit! *LOL*

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  13. I’m still really enjoying this set of music, it’s just beautiful. However…you almost blew my eardrums. I loaded songs 1-6 into my iPod for the trip down to the Ozarks for Christmas with my extended family. When one of the quiet songs came on…we cranked it up to better hear it. Then Patapan came on. Ouch! ;)

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  14. Mokker – Glad to hear it. But, sorry you had to hear it so loud. I knew the volume difference could be a problem on some of these. Some, even on the same tape or CD, were recorded in different rooms with a variety of acoustics. I didn’t got the extra mile and normalize the volume between tracks. Some of them already sounded a bit “processed” because I applied some noise reduction filters for tape his reduction.

    Still, though, glad to hear you enjoyed it on a trip to the Ozarks! Our old stomping grounds.

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  15. So far the best part is that you included a numbering system to the file names so we know if we’ve missed one as soon as we look in the folder they’re saved in. Very thoughtful of you good sir. (Well, maybe that’s not the best part, but still…)

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  16. Leave it to Simon to think that the best part of a collection of Christmas music is the way the data was labeled.

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  17. Simon, I am so offended! The beautiful music here should be all that matters to you. Oh, wait, you’re a geek like my hubby, so never mind ………..

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  18. Simon and Moksha – Funny that Simon mentioned this, because I was just thinking I should have number them on the page itself. Maybe I’ll do that retroactively.

    Wife – I just think it’s amazing that you not only sing beautifully, but you’re so beautiful in every other way, too.

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  19. I call you a geek and you call me beautiful – what, are you trying to get laid or something? (oh, nevermind – duh!)

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  20. Shan, my deepest apologies for any umbrage taken. I feel shame. (Though the geek in me is the teeniest little bit unapologetic.)

    And Mark, you were laying it on a little thick, two comments up above there. (Not that I’m implying you’re lying, of course.) Subterfuge, man, subterfuge!

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  21. Simon – Oh, I was trying to lay it on thick.

    You know, I’m going to stop right there, because this is a Christmas song page, and therefore should remain family-friendly.

    I’ll remember the attempt at subterfuge (another word I like. Mispronounced almost as often as “mischievous,” but only because it’s not spoken aloud much).

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  22. Free song each day…except for today :(

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  23. Mokker – Yeah, I didn’t get one out here this time. We’re still averaging well over one song each day, if you look at Dec. 5 to now. That’s my story and I’m remaining adhered to it.

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  24. Yes, but as a guy who is offering his reader absolutely nothing in the way of holiday content, I reserve the right to badger and complain to anyone who is generously giving but failing to meet my arbitrary expectations.

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