A 'Morning Edition' Singalong: Follow Us In Merry Measure

Dec 18, 2013
Originally published on December 18, 2013 12:33 pm

Want to be on NPR's airwaves? You'll have to sing for it.

Please. Don't leave us hangin'.

Send us your voices (or your video if you're so inspired) by the end of the weekend, and we'll pull them all together into one crazy chorus of "Deck the Halls." The more the merrier. Next week, we'll play it for you — however beautiful or discombobulating it may sound.

How Do You Do This?

Easy. There are three simple steps:

1. Listen to David Greene and Linda Wertheimer sing "Deck the Halls" for your starting pitch and tempo:

2. Record yourself. (If you're not sure how to do that, check out our tips at the bottom of this page.)

3. Send it to us at singalong@npr.org by the end of this weekend. If you're sending a video, please just upload it to YouTube and send us the link. In your email to us, please include your name and how to pronounce it.

The Lyrics

Deck the halls with boughs of holly

Fa la la la la, la la la la

'Tis the season to be jolly

Fa la la la la, la la la la

Don we now our gay apparel

Fa la la, la la la, la la la

Troll the ancient Yuletide carol

Fa la la la la, la la la la

See the blazing Yule before us

Fa la la la la, la la la la

Strike the harp and join the chorus

Fa la la la la, la la la la

Follow me in merry measure

Fa la la, la la la, la la la

While I tell of Yuletide treasure

Fa la la la la, la la la la

Tips for Recording Yourself

  • Not sure how to record an MP3 file? If you have a smartphone, it's probably easiest to use it.
  • For iPhone users, there's a recording feature on the phone called "Voice Memos," typically hiding in your utilities. (The icon for it in iOS 7 looks like a digital audio wave.) After launching the app, you'll see a red button. Hit it to start recording. When you're done, click "done." Enter a name for your new voice memo and press OK. Now click on the recording and hit the send icon on the bottom left to email it to singalong@npr.org. (If you have iOS 6, you can follow this tutorial.)
  • Android users, check out this app. (It's free.)

If you don't have a smartphone, fear not! You can use the microphone on your computer to record yourself singing. Then put the recording in an email and send it to singalong@npr.org.

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Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Now, as we countdown to Christmas here at MORNING EDITION, we're hoping to get all of you in the spirit with us.

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

We're giving you a chance to be on our airwaves, singing.

GREENE: And not just singing - caroling.

WERTHEIMER: Here's how it'll work: You send us an MP3 or a video of yourself or you, your grandpa, your kids singing the first few verses of the holiday classic "Deck the Halls."

GREENE: This'll be fun. We've set up a special email address that you can use to send it to us. It's singalong@NPR.org. We'll bring your voices together in harmony - or harmony, of sorts. And next week, we'll play the whole thing on the air.

WERTHEIMER: Go to our website, NPR.org, or the MORNING EDITION Facebook page for the full instructions.

GREENE: And, Linda, I guess it is our job to get things started here.

WERTHEIMER: Well, we'll try, anyway. So, when you record yourself, try to follow along with our pitch and tempo, which will be fast. Are you ready, David?

GREENE: As ready as I'll ever be, Linda. Here we go.

DAVID GREENE AND LINDA WERTHEIMER: (Singing) Deck the halls with boughs of holly, fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la. 'Tis the season to be jolly, fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la. Don we now our gay apparel, fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la. Toll the ancient yuletide carol, fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "DECK THE HALLS")

GREENE: Now, don't just come to our website to contribute your rendition of "Deck the Halls." Visit us there often. You can also find us on social media. There's the MORNING EDITION Facebook page, and we are active on Twitter @NPRInskeep, @NPRGreene, and the program is @MorningEdition. And, of course, we always appreciate you joining us this way: listening to the program on one of our fine public radio stations. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.