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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

O Holy Night

The song "O Holy Night" one of my favorite Christmas songs was composed by Adolphe Adam in 1847. Based on French poem written by Placide Cappeau. In 1843 Cappeau had been asked by the church in Roquemaure to write a Christmas poem to celebrate the church organ recent renovation. While Cappeau had been an outspoken atheist he did what the church asked. In 1847 Adams put music to the poem and was sung by Emily Laurey as part of the opera

"O Holy Night" was the first song to be played live on a radio broadcast.
It was on December 24, 1906 Reginald Fessenden broadcasted one of the first ever AM radio programs in Canada. The station featured entertainment and music for listeners.

It is hard to believe this song was written by an atheist The touching words that tell the story of a babe being born. That babe the son of God. While wrote as a French poem the song has become a favorite around the world during the holidays.

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