Monday, December 13, 2010
Christmas 2010, Part 15--The High Spirits of Holy Spirit School (1973)
From the liner notes: "The High Spirits are a group of outstanding young Children who go to Holy Spirit School in the City of Whitehall Ohio and are from the 3rd to the 8th grade; Under the direction and leadership of Sister Carol Ann Krell, this fine group has been able to put it all together and come up with something real big."
And: "The songs are done in harmony. No sheet music was used--only the natural ability of the students to listen, appreciate, and learn and imitate."
From 1973 and released on the Mus-I-Col label of Columbus, Ohio. These are energetic performances, all closely supervised but obviously meant to sound less so. Notice how "natural ability" is cited in league with "no sheet music." But music-reading is an ability, isn't it? (Just not "natural," perhaps.)
Recording quality is pretty good, though there was a lot of hiss in the audio equipment and/or master tape. The credits have been typed as they appeared.
To the LP: The High Spirits of Holy Spirit School--Christmas, 1973
SING WE NOEL
GO TELL IT ON A MOUNTAIN
WHAT CHILD IS THIS?
A CHRISTMAS ROUND
AWAY IN A MANGER
DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR?
WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS
ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH
'NEATH THE SILENT STARS
I HEARD THE BELLS
VIRGIN MARY HAD A BABY BOY