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Hark! The Herald Robots Sing!

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'Hark! The Herald Robots Sing!' was actually recorded back in 2007, but has been remastered for this release. 'Hark!..' is a whimsical electro look at 'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!' with a strong four-on-the-floor dance hall feel. My desire was to create a fun and upbeat version of 'Hark...' that would appeal to both fans of traditional carols and modern electronic music.

Of note: 'Hark!...' features the first known recording of my house robot choir, The Singing Sines. As this was their first time in my studio they were obviously nervous and had trouble enunciating at times.

The original, 'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing' has a very interesting history. The lyrics predate the commonly heard music by over a hundred years. Charles Wesley wrote the original, somber hymn in 1739. His co-worker George Whitefield then changed the lyrics to what we commonly hear today. The music that we commonly hear for 'Hark...' is actually from a secular cantata written by Felix Mendelssohn in 1840 to commemorate the invention of the Gutenberg printing press. It wasn't until 1855 that William Cummings combined the Whitefield lyrics with the Mendelssohn music to create the song we all love and recognize today.

lyrics

::Lyrics::

Joyful, all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With angelic host proclaim:
"Christ is born in Bethlehem"

Hark! the herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"
x2

"Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled"

Joyful, all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With angelic host proclaim:
"Christ is born in Bethlehem"

Hark! the herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"
x2

"Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled"

Hark! the herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"
x4 to fade

credits

from Hark! The Herald Robots Sing! - a Holiday EP, track released November 29, 2011
Music: Felix Mendelssohn (1840)
Lyrics: Charles Wesley (Mid 18th century)
Arranged and produced by Jim Furey.
Recorded and mastered at The Robot Junkyard.
Published by MixiM Music.
Copyright 2011, Jim Furey

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