... and we're watching Carols By Candlelight [ the televised one from the Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne ]
I'd love to be able to report that it's the equal of some of the magical concerts of past years [ long past ]
regardless of my love of all things Christmas, I remain convinced that it's a thinly disguised excuse to feature every half-talented hack connected with the 9 Network and a number of strident young ladies who appear to have forgotten their skirts - and a handful of genuine singers
despite some very mediocre moments
the highlight for me [ so far ]
Dennis Walter and his glorious big bass voice and "The First Noel"
currently I'm listening to Sophie Palladino's "In Excelsis Deo" and she's doing a passable job of it, following what was undoubtedly the world's fastest rendition of the "Hallelujah Chorus"
NOTE to the Music Director: fast does not necessarily equal best or even acceptable
The Australian Boys Choir were a bit ... meh ... lacking their usual clarity and purity of tone
Can't help it ... I prefer my Carols to be traditional carols, or at the very least, actual Christmas songs [ I'll make the exception for the Hallelujah Chorus and also for Holy City/Jerusalem which are both Easter pieces but have become associated with Christmas ]