NPR Listeners Got Talent: A 'Morning Edition' Singalong Last week, we asked Morning Edition listeners to send us their renditions of "Deck the Halls." We received hundreds of recordings — as both audio and video — from all over the world, and we created one glorious carol.

NPR Listeners Sing "Deck The Halls"

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Now, last week we put out a call asking you to record yourselves singing the Christmas classic "Deck the Halls." We promised that we would bring your voices together, to the best of our abilities, in one glorious chorus. Hundreds of you sent recordings to us. We heard a cello duet, a tuba band, children's choirs. We even got alternate lyrics: fill the bars with Christmas drinking. A few of you said you haven't sung in years, but for MORNING EDITION, you gave it your best shot and we appreciate it. We're about to hear voices from all over the country, starting in Colorado with Drew Neilson and Dan Courtney and Christy Rowe. They sent this recorded in their car. Hit it.

CHRISTY ROWE: All right. Is everybody ready? Courtney, you start...

DREW NEILSON, DAN COURTNEY AND CHRISTY ROWE: (Singing) Deck the halls with boughs of holly fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la. 'Tis the season to be jolly...

UNIDENTIFIED GROUP #1: ...fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la.

UNIDENTIFIED GIRL #1: Don we now our gay apparel...

UNIDENTIFIED GROUP #1: Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la. Troll the...

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: (Singing) Ancient Yuletide carol, fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #2: See the blazing Yule before us, fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la.

UNIDENTIFIED GROUP #3: Strike the harp and join the chorus, fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la...

UNIDENTIFIED GROUP #4: Follow me in merry measure, fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la...

UNIDENTIFIED GROUP #5: While I tell of yuletide treasure, fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la.

UNIDENTIFIED GIRL #2: Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la...

UNIDENTIFIED GROUP #6: Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #3: Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la...

UNIDENTIFIED GROUP #7: Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la.

GREENE: OK. That is a musical selection we will never forget. So, you just heard Carley Evans and Hollan Kreil; also Sharon Oats' homeroom class at Charlotte Latin School in Charlotte, North Carolina; Amelia Catanzaro; Mia Samaha and Emma McBride; Kim Kilby and Bryan, Alex and Tucker Cherry; Tony Dreiling Fran Theisier; John and Thera Ringhofer; J.P. Torres; Kristin Netzband; Risa Goehrke and Kathryn Metz; Liberty Huskey and co-workers at SDL International; Connie Macek; Sebastian Peoples, Mary Hager and Zoe Stathis; Tom Gillespie; and John Campbell and finally members of the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration, who said they made this recording after work hours, of course. And the cello music you hear is from Elise Baker and Janet Harvick(ph). And I got to tell you, we also received some amazing video submissions. They are worth a look at


GREENE: On this Christmas Eve day, we're hoping that many of you have the day off work and are getting a chance to relax and spend time with people you love and also eat. We also know many Americans will be working in hospitals, police and fire departments, churches, stores, restaurants - the list goes on. And, of course, that list includes NPR, where our colleagues at work include a fine group of engineers: Zachary Coleman, Gregory Gavin, Brian Jarbo(ph), Melissa Marquee(ph), Ted Mebain(ph), Dennis Neilson, Renee Pringle, Daniel Sukin(ph), Curt Snodeker(ph), Jerry Tenant(ph), and the person responsible for the sounds you're hearing on this program this morning, Elizabeth Acklee(ph). I'm waving to her through the glass right now. Elizabeth, thank you.


GREENE: This is NPR News.

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