Daily Archives: December 17, 2011

I Wonder as I Wander


I Wonder as I Wander


Words and Music collected by John Jacob Niles

I wonder as I wander out under the sky,
How Jesus the Savior did come for to die.
For poor on’ry people like you and like I…
I wonder as I wander out under the sky.

When Mary birthed Jesus ’twas in a cow’s stall,
With wise men and farmers and shepherds and all.
But high from God‘s heaven a star’s light did fall,
And the promise of ages it then did recall.

If Jesus had wanted for any wee thing,
A star in the sky, or a bird on the wing,
Or all of God’s angels in heav’n for to sing,
He surely could have it, ’cause he was the King.


Collected by John Jacob Niles in Murphy, NC in July 1933 from a young traveling evangelist Annie Morgan. According to Niles, he asked her to sing the song repeatedly until he had memorized it. It was published in his 1934 Songs of the Hill-Folk. Written in a minor key, it’s qualities of pensiveness make it one of today’s most popular carols.

A contemporary arrangement of this traditional Appalachian carol by Carl Rütti (1949 – ) has been recorded several times. It is found on “One Star, At Last: A Selection of Carols of Our Time,” performed by the BBC Singers directed by Stephen Cleobury. It is also found on “Illuminare: Carols for a New Millennium,” recorded by the Choir of Eton College.

In addition, this arrangement was performed at the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, 2002.

Finally, there contemporary arrangement of this carol by Carl Rütti (1949 – ). It is found in a medley, “Three Carols,” on his CD “Sermon On The Mount,” performed by the Escorial Choir under the direction of by Christopher Duarte (2001). In the liner notes, Rütti writes “The Three Carols were initiated in 1996 by my friend Stephen Jackson (conductor of the BBC Symphony Chorus) for a Carol concert by the Wooburn Singers, to whom they are also dedicated. They were originally written for brass quintet and choir. I picked three texts out of the enormous choice of traditional Carols which could form three parts: Andante – Adagio – Presto.”

Romanian Christmas Carols: Sus la Poarta Raiului – Corul Madrigal

Trei pastori se intalnira

Trei pastori se intalnira
 Trei pastori se intalnira
 Raza soarelui,
floarea soarelui
Si asa se sfatuita:
Haideti fratilor sa mergem
 Haideti fratilor sa mergem
 Raza soarelui,
floarea soarelui
Floricele sa culegem.

Si sa facem o cununa
 Si sa facem o cununa
 Raza soarelui,
 floarea soarelui
S-ompletim cu voie buna.

Si s-o ducem lui Cristos
Si s-o ducem lui Cristos
 Raza soarelui,
 floarea soarelui
Sa ne fïe de folos.
Versuri de la: http://www.versuri.ro/


Romanian Christmas Carols- Artis Voice Quartet: Pe sub geamul inghetat (by the frosted window of my little house)

Pe sub geamul inghetat

Pe sub gamul inghetat
Al casutei mele
Trece iar colind curat
Calator spre stele.

Trec pstorii fericitii,
 Mosii si parintii
 Domnului ducand smeriti
 Aurul credintei.

Magii trec umili plecati
 Peste veacul zarii
 Domnului ducand miscati
Smirna ascultarii.

Iar din albul lumins
 Sub lumina lunii
 ca tamaia s-a desprins
 Zborul rugaciunii.

An de an se duc asa
 Solii spre Mesia
 Numai din casuta ta
 N-a plecat solia.

Doamne, fa-mi in casa iar
 Praznic de lumina
 Ca si de la cer in dar
 Solii Tai sa vina.

Do we speak the same language? (Did our mothers? Did our grandmothers? NO! Then Why Us?

My take on things: It started with materialism, it end, like always, closer and closer to the soul: Because while the robber in street wants your money, and keys to your car and your home, the politician  wants it all: he wants your soul, he want your identity, he wants to bury you alive, he wants to dehumanize you, he want you to be his slave:  He wants to be your master! He wants to live in your head, in your veins, in your eyes and in your ears, and in your mouth; but his preferate organ is your brain!

Only then can he consider himself a true politician, the altar of sacrifice, the prince of  darkness, the creator of destruction!

But there are exceptions, as always, and thanks God for it:

UKIP MEP Graham Booth addresses the EU Parliament in his own inimitable way.

Speak Your Language

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My take on this: Speak your mother’s language, and don’t forget it; sing your fathers and mothers songs, and don’t forget them: they are degrees of freedom, that allow you to be who you have always been; they are what your inner child is familiar with, they are your identity: They are YOU!

This Day in History: The Wright Brothers Make Their Famous Flight (1903)


First flight of the Wright Flyer I, December 1...

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The Wright Brothers Make Their Famous Flight (1903)

Both excellent mechanics, brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright built and repaired bicycles before turning their attention to flying machines. They spent years designing and testing gliders and also built a powerful four-cylinder engine and an efficient propeller. In 1903, after several failed attempts, the brothers succeeded in making the first controlled, sustained flights in a power-driven airplane. How long did the first, history-making flight near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, last? More… Discuss

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Repose, v.t. Ambrose Bierce Quote

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Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

The properties of ink are peculiar and contradictory: it may be used to make reputations and unmake them; to blacken them and to make them white; but it is most generally and acceptably employed as a mortar to bind together the stones of an edifice of fame, and as a whitewash to conceal afterward the rascal quality of the material.
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: Sir Humphry Davy (1778)


Deutsch: Humphry Davy

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Sir Humphry Davy (1778)

Davy was an English chemist and one of the greatest exponents of the scientific method. His discovery of the anesthetic effect of nitrous oxide was a major contribution to surgery. He did early research on voltaic cells and batteries, tanning, electrolysis, and mineral analysis, and was the first to systematically apply chemical principles to farming. His research on mine explosions and his invention of the safety lamp brought him great prestige. Davy also proved that diamond is a form of what? More… Discuss

Sir Humphry Davy plaque

Sir Humphry Davy (1778) (Image by sleepymyf via Flickr)