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Poetry Friday: 'Sleigh Ride' Serenade

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Gillian Ferris
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KNAU

Music plays a major part in the holidays as the songs of the season can evoke strong emotions and memories. On Sunday, the Master Chorale of Flagstaff performs its annual holiday concert, and since songs are essentially poems set to music, we figured it would be fun to feature some holiday music in this week’s Poetry Friday segment. Today, we hear from Ben Saunders, artistic director for the Master Chorale, and we drop in on one of their rehearsals for a ‘Sleigh Ride’ serenade.

BS: For a holiday concert, I think it’s important that we realize that everyone celebrates the holidays in different ways. There’s a strong religious connection to the holidays, but there’s also a strong secular connection to the holidays, and I think it’s appropriate and important to make sure that the music encompasses all beliefs and all traditions because we all celebrate the holidays in different ways.

We’ve selected some traditional sacred songs, such as Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. The handbell choir will be playing It Came Upon The Midnight Clear. We’re doing an African Christmas carol called Beta Le Hamu that’s actually sung in Yoruba. We’re also doing a Hebrew piece in celebration of the Hanukkah tradition. We have some secular pieces; the traditional Sleigh Ride, by Leroy Anderson. We really enjoy the piece. It’s a lot of fun. Everybody in the audience will be familiar and will have heard this song or sung this song, and it’s a great piece that features both the orchestra and the choir. So, we’ll hear different sounds from the choir and some fun sounds from the orchestra, especially at the end.

Sleigh Ride, by Leroy Anderson

Just hear those sleigh bells jingling,

ring ting tingling too

Come on, it's lovely weather

for a sleigh ride together with you

Outside the snow is falling

and friends are calling "yoo hoo",

Come on, it's lovely weather

for a sleigh ride together with you.Giddy yap, giddy yap, giddy yap,

let's go, Let's look at the show,

We're riding in a wonderland of snow.

Giddy yap, giddy yap, gidd yap,

it's grand, Just holding your hand,

We're gliding along with a song

of a wintry fairy land

Our cheeks are nice and rosy

and comfy cozy are we

We're snuggled up together

like two birds of a feather would be

Let's take that road before us

and sing a chorus or two

Come on, it's lovely weather

for a sleigh ride together with you.There's a birthday party

at the home of Farmer Gray

It'll be the perfect ending a of perfect day

We'll be singing the songs

we love to sing without a single stop

At the fireplace while we watch

the chestnuts pop. pop! pop! pop!

There's a happy feeling

nothing in the world can buy

When they pass around the coffee

and the pumpkin pie

It'll nearly be like a picture print

by Currier and Ives

These wonderful things are the things

we remember all through our lives!Just hear those sleigh bells jingling,

ring ting tingling too

Come on, it's lovely weather

for a sleigh ride together with you

Outside the snow is falling

and friends are calling "yoo hoo",

Come on, it's lovely weather

for a sleigh ride together with you.It's lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you

It's lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you

Poetry Friday is produced by KNAU's Gillian Ferris. If you have an idea for a segment, drop her an email at Gillian.Ferris@nau.edu.

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