:: Title :: Brightest And Best
:: Genre :: carol, Christmas song
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Ritchie, Jean [vocal]
:: Setting :: Alan Lomax's apartment, 3rd Street
:: Location :: Greenwich Village, New York City (New York), New York (United States)
:: Language :: English
:: Culture :: Southern U.S., Anglo-American, Appalachian, Kentucky
:: Session :: Jean Ritchie I 3/49
:: Date :: 3/18/1949
:: Reference Information :: T1014.0, Track 25 (00:02:30)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - Notes on tape box read: "First two stanzas of a group of Kentucky Mt. Primitive Baptist hymns, learned from her mother." [Source: Tape box]
2 - The majority of this session contains religious hymns and carols. A few ballads are to be found as well.
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - "On Old Christmas Eve we'd sit for the fire and Mom and Dad and Granny'd tell us about the baby Jesus born in a stable on this night, and they'd say that if we'd go out at midnight we'd see the elderberry bush blooming in the fence corner right in the snow, and that if we'd peep in through a chink in our stable and make no racket atall we'd see the cow and the old mule kneeling, paying honor to the little King of Kings. Then maybe Granny'd sing us her Christmas carol, "Brightest And Best," in the old mountain tune, and we'd all sing some?That used to be our Christmas." (Singing Family of the Cumberlands, Jean Ritchie, Kentucky, 1997) [Source: Singing Family of the Cumberlands]
:: Collection :: Jean Ritchie 1949 and 1950



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