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Monday, December 24, 2007

Early morning music

Here's a Christmas nostalgia pill, a classic for certain people of a certain age; on YouTube, on vinyl at 33 RPM, the 1958 version of The Little Drummer Boy performed by The Harry Simeone Chorale.

Posted by Kevin Steel on December 24, 2007 in Media | Permalink


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Always a favourite, good choice Kevin.

And for some more nostalgia and for Auld Lang Syne

One of my favourites by the very recently passed Dan Fogelberg.


Posted by: Joe Molnar | 2007-12-24 7:38:02 AM

Here is a touching piece that will undoubtedly cause you to tear up if you are human.

You can take it literally - or metaphorically in view of the holiday:


Posted by: obc | 2007-12-24 7:46:24 AM

And if you haven't teared up enough, read this:


This is NOT for you America haters.

Posted by: obc | 2007-12-24 8:17:40 AM


Posted by: obc | 2007-12-24 8:26:37 AM

One of my fave bloggers notes some background on the history of this song in this post here:


Posted by: Rick Hiebert | 2007-12-24 8:51:22 AM

Rumpa Pum Pum -as he Marches away in the Band of the Royal Canadian Regiment Camp Gagetown NB and Afghanistan,Serving Canada.
MacLeod Moncton NB Merry Christmas to all.

Posted by: Jack Macleod | 2007-12-24 9:28:45 AM

Yes, I agree, a very good rendition of one of my Christmas favourites. The filming indicates that old LP record has the needle stuck in a rut so where did the sound come from?

Posted by: Bob Wood | 2007-12-24 12:00:03 PM

Sad breaking news:

"Canadian jazz great Oscar Peterson dies"

The jazz odyssey is over for Oscar Peterson: the Canadian known globally as one of the most spectacularly talented musicians ever to play jazz piano has died at age 82.

Peterson died Sunday night at his home in Mississauga, Ont., from kidney failure.

RIP, good man.

Posted by: obc | 2007-12-24 12:01:14 PM

Merry Christmas everyone, tidings of comfort and joy, peace on earth, and goodwill toward man.

I went through thousands of items at Google video looking for Christmas works; most of the stuff didn't meet my quality constraints. However, I did find the following, should anyone be interested.

John Eliot Gardiner leading the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists in the opening chorus of the first cantata in Bach's Christmas Oratorio:


Here's cantata #4 from Bach's Christmas Oratorio, by a male choir:


Dobry Vechir Tobi:


Mr. Nat King Cole performing The Christmas Song:


Frank Sinatra singing The Christmas Waltz:


O Holy Night:


Bing Crosby singing God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (1945):


Perry Como ~ Merry Christmas Medley (1960):


Mr. Red Skeleton & Mr. Vincent Price in I Believe:


Posted by: Vitruvius | 2007-12-24 4:04:13 PM

Not for the PC crowd,
"Christmas Jug Band" does the original version and it's a blast.
Merry Christmas Everyone

Posted by: bocanut | 2007-12-24 4:15:22 PM

I'm an old guitar rock fan, so this is my all time favorite Christmas song.

It's by Greg Lake and it still moves me.

Merry Christmas to all.


Posted by: deepblue | 2007-12-24 6:06:42 PM

Merry Christmas to all Shotgunners

Posted by: Brent Weston | 2007-12-24 8:48:04 PM

Right back at ya, Brent!

Posted by: obc | 2007-12-24 8:52:15 PM

We'll always treasure you Mr. Peterson, even as we miss you. Y'all can find a lot of Mr. Peterson's works at video.google.com by searching for "Oscar Peterson". Of the dozens I've listened to so far, I'd say start with this, here's the Oscar Peterson trio performing "Goodbye" in 1961:


Posted by: Vitruvius | 2007-12-24 11:04:47 PM


I had to leave immediately after I posted last night so did not see your response. Thank you for your returned greeting. :)

Posted by: Brent Weston | 2007-12-25 4:50:08 AM

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