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I was going to write a long post on the Cowboys season. Then I thought why? Everyone in the world is writing about the Cowboys and Jason Garrett. I know that some folks are saying that the Cowboys are very talented. I’m not sure that’s true. Today the Cowboys looked bad – offense, defense and special teams. We will see what happens in the offseason.

Michael Buble’ kinda has a Bing Crosby voice. Soft and mellow. He voice was made for Christmas tunes

When you think about great Christmas tunes, I really don’t think about Joy to the World. It is a nice tune but I really don’t think that anyone has really hit this tune out of the park. Well, Earth, Wind and Fire has a very cool version of Joy to the World.

Winter Wonderland is one of my favorite Christmas tunes. I’m sorry but I really love the Andy Williams version of this tune,

Williams just has a great voice. I remember in high school, trying to play this tune. We killed it. No I mean we really murdered the tune. I’m surprised that are band director didn’t give up. He didn’t and we got somewhat better.

Al Jarreau put out a Christmas album. His version of Winter Wonderland is worth a listen. It swings. Al really leans into the Walking portion of the refrain which gives the tune a nice groove.

So, forget the disappointing Cowboys. Let’s enjoy some great Christmas music.

 

By |2019-12-22T23:22:34-04:00December 22nd, 2019|Music|Comments Off on Christmas Tunes

Let It Snow

Artist: Boyz II Men
Tune: Let it Snow

One of the truly great Christmas tunes!!!

By |2018-12-18T23:04:59-04:00December 18th, 2018|Music|Comments Off on Let It Snow

Nat King Cole and the Greatest Christmas Song of all time

Artist: Nat King Cole
Tune: The Christmas Song

The greatness of Nat King Cole cannot be overstated. He was so good. He was a great pianist but an even better singer. His voice was velvet. He had range and depth. In an era of great male voices (Sinatra, Elvis, Dean Martin and Bing Crosby come to mind), his stood out.

I didn’t know the history of “The Christmas Song” so I wandered over to Wiki

The Christmas Song” (commonly subtitled “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” or, as it was originally subtitled, “Merry Christmas to You“) is a classic Christmas song written in 1944 by musician, composer, and vocalist Mel Tormé (aka The Velvet Fog), and Bob Wells. According to Tormé, the song was written during a blistering hot summer. In an effort to “stay cool by thinking cool”, the most-performed (according to BMI) Christmas song was born.[1]

“I saw a spiral pad on his piano with four lines written in pencil,” Tormé recalled. “They started, “Chestnuts roasting…, Jack Frost nipping…, Yuletide carols…, Folks dressed up like Eskimos.’ Bob (Wells, co-writer) didn’t think he was writing a song lyric. He said he thought if he could immerse himself in winter he could cool off. Forty minutes later that song was written. I wrote all the music and some of the lyrics.”

The Nat King Cole Trio first recorded the song early in 1946. At Cole’s behest – and over the objections of his label, Capitol Records – a second recording was made the same year utilizing a small string section, this version becoming a massive hit on both the pop and R&B charts. Cole again recorded the song in 1953, using the same arrangement with a full orchestra arranged and conducted by Nelson Riddle, and once more in 1961, in a stereophonic version with orchestra conducted byRalph Carmichael. Nat King Cole’s 1961 version is generally regarded as definitive, and in 2004 was the most loved seasonal song with women aged 30–49,[2] while Cole’s original 1946 recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1974.[3] Mel Tormé recorded the song himself in 1954, and again in 1961, 1966 and 1992.

By |2013-12-25T21:33:20-04:00December 25th, 2013|Music|Comments Off on Nat King Cole and the Greatest Christmas Song of all time
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