Appalachia Christmas Music

Silent Night

Silent Night

Silent Night is said to be the most recorded of all Christmas songs and it may very well be the most popular as well. When I hear Silent Night I’m always taken back to the church plays I was in as a kid. The church lights turned down low; Angels with glittery wings; Shepherds and Wise Men wearing house robes with towels tied on their heads as turbans; and hay strewen throughout the aisles where the little kids couldn’t keep from playing in the manger.

When the girls were in high school their school chorus performed the song in German one year and I thought it was so pretty. Over the years I’ve read several versions of how the song came to be, all of the stories were heart warming and inspiring. To read an article that tries to wade through the legends to get at the real story go here.

I’m partial to Paul and Pap’s version of Silent Night. Take a listen and see if you enjoy it too.

Pap and Paul’s Songs of Christmas cd is packed with some of the best Christmas music I have ever heard, including the song Silent Night. You can go here-Pap and Paul’s Music to purchase a cd directly from me. Or you can jump over to my Etsy Shop and buy one here.


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    November 29, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    How beautiful. This carol warms my heart and fills me with such joy. Please put my name in to win!
    I am praying the fires will stop and all you folks with get some rain!

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    November 28, 2016 at 9:01 am

    I love all the music your family produces. I have an extensive collection of all types of Christmas music. This would be a most joyous addition! I am so thankful I found your blog 🙂

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    November 28, 2016 at 6:06 am

    As you, Tipper, I have such wonderful growing-up memories of “pageants,” (could we have called our humble “made-at-home-with homemade props and whatever looked angelic, or shepherdish, or Magi-ish” from our home wardrobes to dress us as Biblical Christmas message characters a “pageant”?) But it was. And how we were taught from our elders’ efforts to make the Bible come alive for us.
    Then in high school, and especially at college, as I was a member of the glee club in high school, the chorus in college, we did a real “pageant,” and sang “Silent NIght” in Latin in High School and in German in college.
    But my favorite of all stories about “Silent NIght” is how it temporarily stopped fighting on the front lines as both allied and German troops ceased fire and sang, all in their native languages, the words of “Silent Night” on the battlefield during World War I. That story is so, so touching and appeals, even today. Let’s all join heartily, as do Pap and Paul, to sing “Silent Night”–beloved Christmas carol!

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    November 27, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    Paul and Pap do a great job on this Christmas standard. Would be proud to have the CD. Brings back good memories.

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    Cynthia Schoonover
    November 27, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    I have won the cd, but I have to comment. It’s one of the prettiest versions I’ve ever heard. A guitar was the original accompaniment because the organ wouldn’t work. Silent Night has been my favorite Christmas carol since I was a child and it always brings tears to my eyes, and this version did, too. I remember those Sunday School pageants with shepherds in bathrobes and towels on their heads. I was the narrator of my church’s pageants for many years.

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    libby rouse
    November 27, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    Such a beautiful rendition of Silent Night! This has always been my favorite Christmas carol even as a child, Thank you for posting, love Pap and Paul’s version!

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    November 27, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    After deer hunting and the Thanksgiving holiday, the house is quiet once again as all have returned home. Thankful for so much. Ready for Advent and the Christmas season. Let the Christmas songs begin. I would love to add Paul and Paps Christmas CD to our Christmas season music collection. Time to prepare our hearts, minds and spirits. Blessed Advent one and all.

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    November 27, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    How beautiful and enlightening, this narrative of the beloved Silent Night. While not a lullaby, it’s something that helped when I would sing it to my baby daughter crying from colic.
    And I AM eligible for the CD!

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    November 27, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    I already have the Christmas Cd, along with Lamplighting in the Valley. I bought them both the first time I met you and the Gang at JCCFS years ago. I think I got 4 Cds, including one by the Pressley Girls and I listen to them all alot. I think it’s nice for you to present the Christmas Cd as a gift for your Thankful November Series.

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    Phyllis S
    November 27, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    Even tho I am 83, hearing “Silent Night” takes me back to my
    early school days and singing this beautiful carol with my
    classmates at our annual Christmas concert, probably
    5th or 6th grade.

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    Ed Ammons
    November 27, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Tipper & Miss Cindy – If all of us who consider ourselves part of the Blind Pig Family are not eligible then who is left to win. What’s more I am “blood kin” too! The Deer Hunter is a 5th cousin 1X removed of mine.
    Not for either or both reasons, I still must recuse myself. I was smart enough to buy one 23 years ago.
    Yes. I said 23 years ago. It doesn’t translate well to print but it’s exactly what I said.

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    November 27, 2016 at 9:04 am

    I absolutely loved listening the Christmas songs on a CD I purchased a couple of years ago. The songs bring back fond memories of childhood Christmases. I hope I am a winner this year.

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    Steve in Tn
    November 27, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Bought the CD and it is great. We play music for nursing homes and Christmas music is a challenge. If we could sound more like the CD it would be ideal. When played as written Christmas music is pretty complex. I wish we played it for a longer time since we have to relearn it every year. Whoever wins the CD will enjoy it. I already have mine.

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    Bill Burnett
    November 27, 2016 at 8:35 am

    As usual Pap & Paul’s harmony works very well on this classic, very good job.

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    November 27, 2016 at 8:28 am

    Wow! What a great way to start my Sunday morning. Pap and Paul’s version of Silent Night is my favorite too. I am still in awe over their talent. Yes, I remember being one of those shepherds wearing a robe and a towel on my head in the annual Christmas play. Great memories!

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    Miss Cindy
    November 27, 2016 at 7:15 am

    Tip, I have enjoyed this Thankful November series even though as family I’m not eligible to win. It’s good for me to be reminded that I have a lot to be grateful for and you are at the top of that list. You brighten my life on a daily basis. Thank you!
    I’m so glad that you are married to my son!

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