BlogCast: Tom’s Top 20 Countdown “2” Christmas: Song 8

The Little Drummer Boy, a.k.a. Carol of the Drum was composed by Katherine Kennicott Davis back in 1941. In the three score and sixteen years since then, there’ve been literal scores of musical scores… so many superb performances that, deciding on one over another… i.e., which one to give top billing for today’s BlogCast… was nearly impossible… uh… nearly being the operative word here.

While it had been tempting to go with the very first rendition I had ever heard (as a four-year-old boy)… performed by the Harry Simeone Chorale… that was not reason enough.

Well, as it turns out, my overall deciding factor was not so much the quality of the performance… after all, they are all winners. In the end, it all boiled down to the power of the unifying message. Hence my choice of the Alex Boye’ ft Genesis Choir (video above).

As for the other nine recording artists who I also “auditioned”, I’ve typed up a list of links to videos which showcase their great performances. And, btw, I do thank all the YouTube posters and videographers who’ve been applying an extra special, festive shine to all of my holiday BlogCasts. Obviously, none of what I do would be possible without you.

 

The “Little” Little Drummer Boy Menu

1951: Trapp Family Singers (the very first recording)
1958: Harry Simeone Chorale (this is the record I first heard as a 4-year-old “little drummer” boy)
1965: Vince Guaraldi Trio (Charlie Brown Christmas album)
1977: Bing Crosby & David Bowie (Bing’s final TV holiday special)
1987: Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band (Special Olympics Christmas Charity album)
1988: Mannheim Steamroller (A Fresh Aire Christmas album)
1993: Glen Campbell (Home For The Holiday’s album)
2004: Vanessa Williams (Silver & Gold album)
2006: Celtic Woman with Orla Fallon & Chloe Agnew (Christmas TV special)

 

I now thank you for your listenership and invite you back for the remainder of my Top 20 Countdown “2” Christmas… where I’ll be presenting select holiday classics… one-a-day… from now until we reach #1 on the 25th.

You’re also cordially invited to click back here for my regular monthly BlogCast… one that typically features anywhere from 3 to 5 songs that, when segued, transform everything into an appealing theme… this program slated to hit the www “airwaves” on Sunday, December 24, 2017.

 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!

 

FYI, my past musical presentations are archived within my BlogCast and music categories.

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Music to Soothe a Savage Breast (October Blogcast)

 

William Congreve’s oft quoted (1697) sentiment, “Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak” has never been more relevant… has never been a more appropriate Rx… considering how my homeland, America… indeed, our entire savage world… is what’s aggravating and ailing us.

Since our global society appears to be dangling by a fragile thread over the abyss of chronic, debilitating madness… since we oft have little choice but to overstay these dismal societal and political landscapes… it’s not unusual for despair to set in… and our blogs to mirror that sorrow.

Lately, I’ve been reaching my breaking point. Feeling indescribably powerless, I’ll logout from WordPress, power down my computer/modem, sit down at my piano and lose myself in “my” music… as was the case at daybreak this first Saturday in October.

I soon found myself playing four compositions, all in the Eb key signature… and I’m certain were “Doctor” Congreve alive today, he’d have approved my therapeutic playlist.

Since it’s possible that you, too, have been feeling upset about our world gone berserk, I now share this restorative music with you, in hopes these songs will instill within you a similar, calmative effect.

 

Beatles ~ The Long & Winding Road

Elton John ~ Your Song

Gabriella Quevedo ~ Your Song (Guitar Cover)

Vanessa Williams ~ Save The Best For Last

Alan Parsons Project ~ Time

Musical Sidebar ~ It’s now been two weeks since I cancelled my weekly Four-Play blogcasts (still archived in my music category) due to Internet surfers’ insufficient interest. Rethinking that, I’ve now decided to Blogcast once per month.

So… if you’ve enjoyed what you’ve heard, click that “LIKE” star (perhaps comment, too?) and meet me back here for my November 1st Blogcast.