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Can you sing Oh Holy Night without changing key?

  • 27-11-2021 11:58pm
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    I sing in the shower only, and my voice varies from sh1te when the asthma strikes to resonant. I’ve attended music teachers who have verified I at least have an ear, though I see it stuck on to my head in the mirror.

    Each Christmas I live to hear “Oh Holy Night” and try to karaoke it alongside. Sometimes my vocals have sadly required me to change key, this year I noticed I can go through the lot in one key, and even the cat doesn’t raise a whisker.

    Anyone else struggled with this epic Christmas choone, or had the cat left the building already?

    Can I get away with anything if I pay the piper, so to speak?



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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,599 ✭✭✭Day Lewin


    Yes! I can. Although not a high singer.

    I too live for hearing it -- so that I can put in the low harmony on the chorus.

    The only time I've ever been breathalysed was when I was driving along one Christmas evening, singing Oh Holy Night and trying to put in the harmony at the same time - it's actually impossible, but I hear it in my head.

    Apparently it could also be heard outside the car...windows were a bit open -- a large Guard waved me down and handed me a little blowpipe, with some grim-faced instructions. I gave them a cheery greeting in return, gotta spread the seasonal goodwill!

    Verdict: Nil alcohol. Max eccentric!



  • Registered Users Posts: 6,865 ✭✭✭TRS30


    If no key is an acceptable key, then yes!



  • Registered Users Posts: 20,929 ✭✭✭✭Ash.J.Williams


    Will you try Vienna by ultravox next and let me know how it goes ?



  • Registered Users Posts: 6,798 ✭✭✭CrowdedHouse


    On a side note I came across a version by Eagles of Death Metal....on seeing I thought this isn't going to end well...it's actually quite a pleasant version 😊

    Seven Worlds will Collide



  • Registered Users Posts: 24,208 ✭✭✭✭recode the site


    Can I get away with anything if I pay the piper, so to speak?



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  • Registered Users Posts: 24,208 ✭✭✭✭recode the site


    I think Ronan Collins still does a different version of Oh Holy Night each day coming up to Christmas itself, but it is becoming a little #unwoke and this tradition will surely become a thing of the past.

    Can I get away with anything if I pay the piper, so to speak?



  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 24,710 Mod ✭✭✭✭Loughc




  • Registered Users Posts: 24,208 ✭✭✭✭recode the site


    Religious content. Look at Late Late Toy Show, almost no nod to Christmas, studiously avoiding any Christmas themed song.

    Can I get away with anything if I pay the piper, so to speak?



  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 67,515 Mod ✭✭✭✭L1011


    Ronan Collins show follows a direct Christian call to prayer... so this isn't going to happen.



  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 24,710 Mod ✭✭✭✭Loughc


    The toy show had last Christmas playing in the intro. The themed toy show era is a way to shoe horn product placement and earn money. Not a religious thing.

    Even Apple Music are heavily pushing a covers album with O Holy Night on it and Americans are much more “woke” than us Irish folk.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,404 ✭✭✭✭Deja Boo


    Well done on stretching your range, @recode the site. Do you suppose the breath control it takes to sustain a song may help the asthma, in the long run?

    I don''t seem (as a soprano) to have a problem with Oh Holy Night (I just checked, lol), but one Christmas hymn that tests my range is Angels We Have Heard on High - those GLORIA'S span the distance (high to low in 3 bars) - it's a bit too quick for my vocal chords to transition to the low notes smoothly, without practice.



  • Registered Users Posts: 24,208 ✭✭✭✭recode the site


    Gloria is vocal gymnastics in the extreme. Ronan Collins now has a different Oh Holy Night on every day and interesting to see how it’s tackled by the different artists.

    Can I get away with anything if I pay the piper, so to speak?



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