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Ukrainian Bell Song (Remastered)

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I have always loved the ‘Ukranian Bell Song’ (more commonly known as ‘Carol of the Bells’), primarily because unlike most Christmas songs, it is in a minor key. This minor key made it very easy to imagine the song played out in a dark, almost evil setting. When I did my original version back in 1992 I took this dark and evil inspiration and put it into song. At the time I was working with old 4 voice MODtracker software, so that version is very simplistic and rough. This is my 2011 take on my original version. It is not your everyday, take home to Mom version.

The ‘Ukranian Bell Song’ was originally written in 1904 by Ukranian composer Mykola Leontovych and based on a traditional pre-Christian folk chant used during the spring to welcome the new year in the Ukraine. So like many Christmas songs, this one has its origins in a very non-Christmas past.

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from Holiday, released December 1, 2014
Remastered by Jim Furey, November 2014

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