09-Christmas Music


Christmas 2006 Update: These versions of the songs were arranged for the Christmas 2006 choir. For some of the songs, other arrangements appear below.

O Come, All Ye Faithful (in G). Just in time for Christmas!!! Now, you don’t have to spend money on a Christmas present for your favorite while player. You cheap bastard. You can just print off a copy of this and give it to the whistle players on your holiday shopping list.

O Little Town of Bethlehem (in G). If you play this music on a “C” whistle, you’ll be playing in the key of “F.” Which is what it’s usually played in. Sometimes, anyway. And if not, well then here it is in D.

Low How a Rose (in G). Another Christmas carol. Tis the season.

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (in D). Carrying on the Christmas carol theme. You can also download this one in G. The tune is usually played in “F;” you can play the “D” version with an F whistle and be on key, or you can play the “G” version on the much-more-common C whistle and be on key. Or you can say “hang it all” and play either version on your favorite Eb whistle and be done with it.

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear (in D). That glorious song of old. Don’t think you have to play it on your harp of gold. It sounds just fine on a whistle of tin.

Angels from the Realms of Glory (in D). Wing your cursor over this link and get to playin’. Come and whistle. Come and whistle. Come and whistle.

Angels We Have Heard on High (in G). “Sweetly whistling o’er the plains, and the mountains in reply echoing their joyous strains.” If those angels would just spring for a better whistle, it wouldn’t be a strain. I mean, I appreciate the cult of the cheap whistle and all, but come on! The right tool for the right job.

Away in a Manger (in D). No crib for his bed, the little Lord Jesus lay down his sweet head. Second verse, same as the first! (Kidding. I’m a kidder.)

The Cherry Tree Carol (in D). Am I the only one who thinks Joseph is not being treated fairly in this carol? Still, the Clancy Brothers sang this one, so it must be goon on a tinwhistle, right?

Deck the Halls (in G). And don’t forget the Fa-la-las.

The First Noel (in D). As we all know, on the first noel, the angels did sing. That’s because that was before anyone invented the tinwhistle. Had that been done, of course, today we would all be singing “on the first noel, the angels did toot, was a sweet little sound that was so cute.”

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (in D). And if you don’t get enough rest with that one, you can play it in G, also.

Good Christian Men, Rejoice (in D) Are you sick of good Christian men rejoicing in B-flat all the time. Well, now you can rejoice in D! Or… you can play this on your B-flat whistle and be in tune with everyone else.

I Saw Three Ships (in D). This is a Christmas carol, not a pirate song. Still, there might have been a pirate or two on at least one of the ships that came sailing in on Christmas day on Christmas day in the morning.

O Holy Night (in D). This song sounds really, amazingly good on a tinwhistle. For a more lighthearted version, try O Hairy Night (in D). This is the version that gets sung around my house at dinnertime. Meals can be a bit odd around here.

O Little Town of Bethlehem (in D). How still we see you sit, listening to the whistler play and trying not to have a fit. You can also play this song in G, if you’d like.

The Twelve Days of Christmas (in D) and also (in G). All I want is another whistle for Christmas, but maybe a piper piping or two would fit in somehow.

We Three Kings (in D) and for a limited time only (in G). (It’s hard to find a king in G, these days.) If I’d been one of those kings, I’d have left the gold and myrrh behind and taken Him a tinwhistle. Tinwhistles will get you through times of no frankincense better than frankincense will get you through times of no tinwhistles.

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