It is always very interesting to learn the history behind a song, especially when it comes to Christmas carols. Here we will learn more about one of our Christmas favorites - "Hark the Herald Angels Sing." The said song is said to have appeared in 1739 in a book called Hymns and Sacred Poems.
This Day in Music History
On this day in 1976, Benjamin Britten died in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England. He was a conductor, pianist and a major English composer of the 20th century who was instrumental in establishing the Aldeburgh Festival in England. The original venue of the said festival was at Aldeburgh's Jubilee Hall. Eventually, the venue was moved to a building that once was a malt house at Snape, but through the efforts of Britten, was renovated into a concert hall. Among his major works are "Peter Grimes," "Death in Venice" and ""A Midsummer Night's Dream."
Movie of the Day
Annie (Compare Prices) - This classic story of a red-haired orphan girl named Annie will surely delight children of any age. She sings of her dreams to break away from her life in the orphanage that is run by a very strict matron. Annie wins over the affection of a billionaire who eventually adopts her. The songs featured here are catchy and adorable; kids will love it.
Suggested Stocking Stuffer
iTunes Gift Cards (Manufacturer's Site) - If you're still unsure what to give your teenager, gift cards are an excellent choice. iTunes has gift cards in $15, $25, $50 and $100 denominations. It can be used to purchase songs, movies or audiobooks from the iTunes store.