Sunday, December 18, 2011

Blackmore's Night: We Three Kings

In keeping with the Christmas season, for the next week I’ll be featuring various Christmas songs as part of “Reading between the Grooves.” Today’s Spiritual Sunday selection comes from Blackmore’s Night – led by former Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and his wife Candace Night.

The traditional carol, “We Three Kings” comes from their 2006 CD “Winter Carols.” It is a nice treatment of this song written in the mid 19th century by John Henry Hopkins, Jr. Apparently the song was initially written for a holiday pageant starring the students of the General Theological Seminary in New York City in 1857.

Typically, the song is performed in Em, but Blackmore’s Night does it in Am.

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