Tuesday, December 21, 2021

A joke and a song for Winter Solstice and Yule 2021

Happy Winter Solstice to my readers! After correcting my students' final exams and entering grades over the weekend, which I finished doing last night, I'm in no mood to give a science lesson. Instead, I want to share some entertainment, beginning with Happy First Day of Winter from Fozzie Bear! | The Muppets.

Happy First Day of Winter 2021! Warm up with a laugh from Fozzie Bear – or Fozzie Brrrr depending on the weather!
While I groaned, I actually liked Fozzie Bear's pun. It helped earn this post a bees label.

Now a song for a holiday I've mentioned before but never explictly celebrated until now, Yule. Watch and listen to NORDIC SOLSTICE (Original Song) – Camille and Kennerly, Harp Twins.

A Harp Twins original Holiday song – the 7th track of our new WINTER LIGHTS album (links below)! We wrote both the music and the lyrics of NORDIC SOLSTICE. This original song pays homage to our Scandinavian heritage. We found out recently that some of our Norwegian ancestors lived north of the Arctic Circle in Norway. The Winter Solstice has an important place in life, mythology and history – especially in northern parts of the world when the days are dark and the nights are long. The Scandinavian people of northern Europe celebrated the period of “midwinter”/winter solstice with the holiday, Jul/Yule, from which many modern day Christmas traditions are descended. We wanted the song to celebrate the rebirth of the sun after the longest night of the year. Everything that you hear in the video is just our harps and our voices – exactly like we can perform it live with no overlays or backtracks. It was 5 °F (-15 °C) when we filmed this video, so we guess we’re lucky our fingers didn’t get frostbitten!

We are incredibly excited to share this original song with all of you. Please let us know if you enjoyed “Nordic Solstice” by liking the video, favoriting, leaving a comment, and sharing it with your friends. We look forward to releasing more of our original compositions! Please subscribe and stay tuned!
I featured the Harp Twins playing a song for the Summer Solstice three years ago, so it was time to do so for the Winter Solstice. They have another music video for Yule, but I'm being a good environmentalist and conserving my resources to use them in the future.

Stay tuned for more holiday programming through the rest of this year and into the next as I celebrate Festivus, Christmas, and New Years.

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