Our fa­vorite songs at Ep­cot’s Can­dle­light Pro­ces­sional

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COM­MEN­TARY the French lyrics go­ing on, pretty rapid-fire and sung in a round. Zut alors, that’s a mouth­ful. In ad­di­tion, it had a Char­lie Brown’s teacher sort of vo­cal qual­ity to me. But now I ap­pre­ci­ate the har­monies, the tempo, vol­ume changes and that it’s less fa­mil­iar than the bulk of the mu­si­cal pro­gram. Plus, it be­gins with the fes­tive “La, la, la, la-la, la la- laaah.” (Hold the fa.) forced au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion make me just a lit­tle teary.

If you know me at all, you knew this was go­ing to be No. 1. It’s as pre­dictable as the an­swers to “Hey, De­wayne, do you like the Spi­der-Man ride?” or “Shall we have some bar­be­cue mut­ton?” or “What col­lege has the best bas­ket­ball tra­di­tion?” or “Shouldn’t there be a way to re­vive ‘All My Chil­dren’?” This song, which I’m prone to call­ing “When They Saw the Star,” is not from my child­hood. But it rocks. I want to shake my tam­bourine to it. Au­di­ence mem­bers in­evitably bounce in their seats to it and give it a rap­tur­ous round of ap­plause. And some­how it weaves in “We Three Kings of Ori­ent Are.”

This year, at the end of the Star song, my co­worker who had never been to CP be­fore — a Can­dle­light Vir­gin, if you’ll for­give me — leaned over and said “Well, that’s my fa­vorite.”

Yes. Good an­swer. My work is done here. Happy hol­i­days, ev­ery­one.


Whoopi Gold­berg nar­rates the Christ­mas story at Can­dle­light Pro­ces­sional, a hol­i­day event at Ep­cot.

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