Carol of the Bells is one of my favorite Christmas tunes I like to hear every Christmas season. The Muppets decide to give this venerable classic a try. Poor Beaker. He ends up being fodder for Dr. Benson Honeydew’s many experiments. Here you would think he would be safe but Animai has his own spin on what bell is best for the song.
I have watched many of so-called ghost hunter shows. They will go to a reputed haunted location and using a variety of methods try and coax a ghost or two to make themselves known. Sometimes they have a “psychic” along with them to try and make contact with the spirit which seems to be hanging around. Mostly it is just staged for the camera (or they add effects to make it look real). However in the interest of science, The Muppet Science Lab is on the case. Poor Beaker. He always ends up suffering for science.
If you want to see one less comedic but certainly scary one, check out this episode from the old Tales of the Crypt where a reporter goes inside a haunted house and finds out it really is haunted.
It is that time of the year again. And once again we pay a visit to The Muppets to see what they are up to for Halloween.
And to close it out, Geico has actually done some good Halloween themed commercials. This one is the creepiest of the lot. Happy Halloween everyone!
Silent Night(Stille Nacht in German, Silens Nox in Latin) is perhaps the most beloved Christmas Carol. It was composed in 1818 by Franz Guber, an organist and schoolmaster, to lyrics by Father Joseph Mohr of the St. Nicholas parish in Oberndorf bei Salzburg, Austria. It was first performed on Christmas Eve in 1818 and since the organ was broken, the only musical accompaniment was the guitar. The popularity of the song spread and the version commonly used today comes from a translation in 1859. John Freeman Young, serving as an Episcopal priest at Trinity Church in New York City, translated and changed the tempo of the song. The original rendition by Gruber was more like a dance tune and sung faster. Young made into a slower lullaby style that is the most common version today. Because it has been so widely translated, it is the one Christmas carol that is known worldwide.
In Austria Silent Night is not heard until Christmas Eve, usually around 9 p.m. Then it is played on the radio once an hour and of course during church services. In the movie The Nativity Story Mychael Danna composed a version that is both beautiful and wonderful. He used Latin but in a different way to match the well known melody (the normal Latin text would make this hard). Here is the version used in the movie. There are variations on YouTube where others have created wonderful montages using his version.
Silens nox et sacra
Caelis indicat gloria
Canunt Angeli alleluia
Christus natus est
Christus natus est.
Silent and holy night
At heaven’s glorious sight
Angels sing, “Hallelujah!”
Christ is born.
Christ is born.
Translation by Josh(SilentRebel83) at http://lyricstranslate.com/en/silens-nox-silent-night.html.
Here is an another version, albeit more modern but just as beautiful. John Denver and The Muppets perform this for a live show with children in attendance. Enjoy.
The Muppets take on a classic Christmas tune in their version of Carol of the Bells. Beaker and Swedish chef do the singing while Animal provides accompaniment. Beaker got out of Muppet Labs for this performance but like in the lab, something always goes awry.