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Hit the Hallelujah Button: Hallelukulelejah!

A Ukulele, image via Wylio http://bit.ly/rpBkxF
A Ukulele, image via Wylio http://bit.ly/rpBkxF

Each day leading until Christmas we will post a different video rendition of the "Hallelujah Chorus" for your holiday enjoyment and edification.

Today we bid you a heartfelt Hallelukulelejah!

(Say that five times fast, I dare ya.)

Last year, the Corktown Ukulele Jam of Canada joined forces with the Corktown Chamber Orchestra for a rousing Uke, Strings and Choral performance Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus" as part of the orchestra's annual Christmas Concert.

While it may seem incongruous, especially to those of us who live in the frozen northeast, but ukulele Christmas music is quite the robust niche market. Last year, a 15-track album called An Ukulele Christmas hit the market and is still doing a fairly swift business, according to Amazon.com. Yes, the album includes the traditional Hawaiian Christmas song "Mele Kahikimaka" (which I can't hear without picturing Randy Quaid standing on the diving board at Clark Griswold's new pool with his undershirt tucked into his Speedo), but the uke players also recorded "O Holy Night," "Carol of the Bells," and, of couse, "The Chipmunk Song - Christmas Don't Be Late."

For now, though, we give you a very ukulele Hallelujah. He mea iki!

 

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