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December Carol
Christopher Gable

voice, piano

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Program note:

December Carol was originally written in the fall of 1998 as part of me and my wife Merie's annual Christmas card that we send to friends and family. With this piece we wanted to express what we perceive to be a common state of mind or emotion to many people and religious traditions during the winter holiday season. Friends and family that are no longer with us, or are
living far away, seem to feel closer during this celebratory yet introspective time of year. This carol is meant to assure the listener of the presence of loved ones who are not with us for whatever reason. They make their presence known through laughter, the rustling of trees, or the
warm smell of a winter kitchen. December Carol has been performed multiple times around the Twin Cities area, and was broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio during the holiday season in 2002. The song exists in a number of alternate versions, including solo voice with chamber orchestra or string orchestra, as well as SATB choir with harp or piano.

December Carol

December has come again
(They're here, they're here)
With friends everywhere but here
Even so, we dance
Though the winter wind may chill us
Keep warm, my friends, keep warm

In the rustling of trees
(They're here, they're here)
In the warm ginger cinnamon perfume
Everyone we miss,
And everyone we love
They're here, my friends, they're here

In the packages and ribbons
In the laughter and smiles, they're here
Be warm this night
Because everyone is here
They're here, my friends, they're here.

©1998 Merie Kirby


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