On the ninth day of Christmas, Country Music #CMahat brings you Carrie Underwood (on the date of her album release) and “Do You Hear What I Hear?” Basically, you should thank us for bringing you one of the best vocalists of our time delivering a countrified take on a Christmas classic.
The song itself was written and released in 1962, a musical plea for peace during the uncertainty of the Cuban Missile Crisis. It tells the story of Jesus’ birth and the wildfire spread of the exciting news, urging people to “pray for peace everywhere” as “He will bring us goodness and light.”
While the original version of the song was performed by the Harry Simeone Chorale with an almost militant phrasing and drumbeats, Carrie’s version of the song doesn’t melodically deter too much from the original. She adds her own twang and flourishes, both modernizing and countrifying a song released over fifty years ago. It’s ironic that the song references a “voice as big as the sea,” because that’s the perfect way to describe Carrie’s vast talent on display here.
“Do You Hear What I Hear” appeared on a five-track Christmas EP released by Carrie Underwood as a bonus disc for her Carnival Ride album back in 2007.
Hmm, after Baby Fisherwood arrives, methinks it’s time for Carrie to release a full-length Chrismas offering. In the meantime, we’ll listen to this song and the other four impressive tracks from her Christmas EP.
Listen to Carrie Underwood’s gorgeous take on “Do You Hear What I Hear”!