Wednesday, 20 March 2013

O Holy Night



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Uploaded on Dec 24, 2009 by drumiswoman

O Holy Night performed by musicians from New Orleans led by Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews

This musical number was featured on "The Christmas Episode", episode #11 of the TV series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip which aired on December 4, 2006.

Wikipedia: Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip is an American dramedy television series created and primarily written by Aaron Sorkin. ... Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip ran on NBC for 22 episodes, from September 18, 2006 to June 28, 2007. To date, it is the only Aaron Sorkin-created series which did not get a second season.

YouTube: Studio 60 - Danny & Jordan : I'm coming for you. (12:31)
This series of clips from the television show portrays the growing romance between the characters Danny and Jordan. It ends with The Christmas Show featuring the song O Holy Night performed by the musicians from New Orleans. All of these musicians were apparently real Hurricane Katrina survivors as they played on the show. The vignette was coordinated by the Tipitina's Foundation, an nonprofit organization dedicated to helping New Orleans musicians affected by Katrina.

YouTube: O Holy Night: just the music clip from the TV show (4:42)

YouTube: O Holy Night: live rendition from a transcription (4:14)

O Holy Night: transcription: $30 USD
instrumentation: Tenor Sax 1, Tenor Sax 2, Solo Trumpet, Trumpet 1, Trumpet 2, French Horn, Trombone, Bass Trombone (can be played by Tuba also)

My personal notes
The West Wing by Alan Sorkin was an unbelievable television show. It was a monument of creativity. It is a classic. It can be watched over and over again.

Mr. Sorkin tried to reach the same heights with Studio 60 but the show did not click with the public and it folded after its first season. We will see if his new opus The Newsroom manages to re-capture that West Wing magic.

Nevertheless, this one episode from Studio 60 gave us this poignant musical moment, coming a year after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. I consider this jazz interpretation of the classic Christmas song to be quite emotional. It was a significant moment in the TV show and lives on in its own right. It is beautiful piece of music.

2013-03-20

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