Carrie Underwood's Stunning Performance of O Holy Night

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  • 2012-12-25T02:53:44

Shouting in tune is possible, I've heard it done. But Carrie was singing. I know the difference, I played and sang for over 40 years.

  • 2012-12-25T00:57:17

I know it isn't a contest but nobody sings it like David Phelps,just sayin'

  • 2012-12-24T16:26:05

There is no doubt that Carrie Underwood is an attractive, talented, and accomplished vocalist. That was the message that I 'took away' from viewing the video. To me this rendition appeared to be about Carrie Underwood, her appearance, the theatrical setting, and her 'brand', presented in a skillfully contrived manner designed to make that impression. This was/is a successful demonstration of her range and vocal ability. And, this IS a difficult song to sing well. Unfortunately, I found that the message of the song (and it's subject and intent - the birth of the Son of God) was lost in the effort to impress the listener with who CARRIE UNDERWOOD has become as opposed to telling the story of the Birth of Jesus and the circumstances of the event. I also felt that I was being directed toward the anticipation the 'big note' at the end of the piece, which showcases the performer, not the expression of the message. My heart wasn't lifted, nor, edified, by the message. It was impressed by the accomplishment of the voice. I'm sure that Miss Underwood understands the meaning of the song, what the composer intended to express as the message, and the beauty of the song and it's musical expression. However, with this song, I think that the performer and the performance (and I'm not directing these comments solely at/to Miss Underwood, but to any performer) should take a 'back seat' to the message and the exposition of the magnificent event that the song is about instead of directing all of one's attention to the singer and what (in this case) she can do vocally. I would love to hear the song sung by Carrie in an acoustic setting, in a lower key, so that she could impart how SHE FEELS about what she's singing about, instead of showing us how good her musical gift is. Thank you, Carrie, for singing the song, because, at least, the message is expressed. But I think that Carrie is much more than just her voice, 'looks', her dress, her eye shadow, and stage setting. I look forward to a time when the music industry, especially in the case of expressions of Faith, focuses more on the meaning of certain kinds of messages (and using their resources to direct the listener's attention to WHAT is being said, rather than showcasing who, or how, it is being expressed) than the marketing of the brand (the artist). I understand that the purpose of business is to make money, sell 'music', and market merchandise, and there is nothing wrong with that. I believe that there are a few things in our lives that should receive more thoughtful treatment when it comes to how we acknowledge them. For instance, I don't believe that The Star Spangled Banner should be a demonstration of a vocalist's ability to improvise a series of additional melodies and embellishments which bury the sentiment of the lyrics in favor of directing the listener to the showcasing of the expertise of the vocalist's voice. If you want to 'showcase' YOUR gift, and make the presentation about yourself, there are so many other songs which can accomplish that. Likewise, our National Anthem is another example of a song that should not be used a vehicle to showcase your vocal ingenuity. Personally, I have yet to find anything written in the song that would cause me to sing 2, 3, 5, or, 10, extra notes within one phrase (or, in addition to the one note that is written by the composer). Even in my most fervent rendition of the song, sung while my heart was nearly bursting with pride for my country, have I derived a meaning from any one word in the lyrics that suggested to me that I release a trill of embellishment that could add one extra inkling of a meaning to the lyric provided for me by the composer. The subject of the Star Spangled Banner is our flag and what (we hope that) it represents and nothing more needs to be added to make the statements express deeper meaning. There are other songs that need that, or, call for it, or, allow for it. The subject of O Holy Night is the birth of the world's Savior - not the voice, nor, the performance of the performer. It is not easy to sing a song that is so magnificently written that there IS the temptation to miss the opportunity to favor the song over the singer. But that is what true artistry is about. Miss Underwood is an artist. I look forward to hearing more 'artistry' from her than overwhelming marketing. If you are listening to/viewing music to get 'goose bumps' from the singing, you will not be disappointed. If you are a fan of Miss Underwood, and think of her as a beautiful and 'larger than life' personality, who looks great on stage, again, you will not be disappointed. But, if you were looking forward to the message of the song causing your heart to burst with joyful respect for what the song was written to express you may have to wait for another rendition of the song from a more thoughtful management team that understands that Carrie can be more than her physical presentation and the sound of her voice - because she can be all of that - and more. Just my thoughts on the matter.

  • 2012-12-24T00:22:08

Jesus is the reason for the Season and Carrie Underwood sings the message Beautifully!

  • 2012-12-23T23:38:29

Beautiful job Carrie. She's a class act!

  • 2012-12-23T23:10:05

Ms. Hamill, my mother would agree with you wholeheartedly. However, as a musician, having majored in Music Ed with a piano emphasis, I have a more relaxed opinion. As you know, there are many examples in the music literature in which someone takes the original composer's melody and puts it in a new context, creating a totally new - equally legitimate - musical experience. In fact, Pachelbel composed his own Canon in D, one of the world's best loved melodies, as a theme and variations from the outset. Sandi Patty demonstrates this idea quite well in her live performance of "Jesus Loves Me". She begins with a child-like version and goes through four or five different settings, quite effectively, I might add, and ending with a powerful version in operatic style. If you have not heard it, I would encourage you to look up a recording of it. I enjoy many singers' interpretations of "O Holy Night", including Ms. Underwood's rendition. However, just this morning, my brother sang an equally powerful version as arranged by Tom Fettke in his Christmas musical "In Adoration of the King of Kings". The prerecorded accompaniment is a combination of soul, rhythm & blues, and gospel. Our local church has enjoyed this version so much over the last 17 years or so that when the Christmas season approaches, many of our church people start asking, "When is John going to sing 'his' song?" So, it's perhaps not so much a travesty that Adolphe Adam's composition is arranged and rearranged, but whether the singer and musicians convey the message effectively. I think Carrie Underwood did that quite effectively. If she did so in Christian humility, that's even better.

  • 2012-12-23T22:08:34

I thought she did a really good job.sing unto the lord he doesn't care what you sound like.rejoice.

  • 2012-12-23T21:43:35

Beautiful!

  • 2012-12-23T21:23:38

absolutely beautiful

  • 2012-12-23T19:27:17

Awesome! Her voice is a gift from God!

  • 2012-12-23T14:12:19

she was very good Thank you for that song.

  • 2012-12-23T12:15:09

When performers sing gospel it sounds like a crow croaking. "Like a gold ring in a pig's snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion."Proverbs 11:22.

  • 2012-12-23T09:27:32

i just can not listen to entertainers try to sing gospel songs

  • 2012-12-23T09:02:50

WOOOOW,,, SO BEAUTIFUL VOICE,,,

  • 2012-12-23T08:29:59

So wonderfull to hear! Especially This Christmas Time.

  • 2012-12-23T08:07:44

Carrie has a wonderfull voice and a God giving talent. What a great blessing giving to her from our heavenly father. I love her voice.

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