Friday, November 26, 2004
Yuletide PrepIn view of my European jaunt, decided to start my Christmas musical ritual early.
Usually, first thing December 1 (this year, a Wednesday), I spring from bed and, shunning the NPR news bulletins, crank up Bach's Christmas Oratorio on the stereo - the Karl Münchinger rendering, with the Stüttgart Chamber Orchestra.
When that threatens to bore, on to Handel's Messiah (Sutherland, Huguette Tourangeau, Tom Krause (bass); the Ambrosian Singers and ECO under Richard Bonynge)
Instead I have dusted them down today and fine inspirational music they make as I order up the musical fare to await me in Italy:
Long-time crush Françoise Hardy - transported by her looks back to my wicked youth, I over-order, including her new album, Tant de Belles Choses
New crush Patricia Kaas about whom to decide how much is looks, how much vox
- No worries over looks with dear old Roberto Carlos - I reckon we've both gone to the dogs with equal celerity and skill.
Christmas SongThe next sign that we're into Santa season is that I dust down my 'Touch of Christmas' song in readiness for the December 'Seabold Second Saturday' get-together, this year the 11th:
I feel a touch of Christmas coming on today,Seabold adddendum: Oh how funny ... I googled 'seabold' on the offchance of finding some helpful link and it turns out that every performer who's ever plunked a plink has something or other up there by way of promo URL.
Makes me wonder time goes by,
It may sound strange to you but way down Bethlehem way
Little boy was born who didn't cry.
I feel a touch of Christmas nibbling at my soul,
The sort of feeling I could share,
They brought him frankincense and myrrh and beaten gold
As angels sang hosannahs everwhere.
I'm all right it's just sometimes I cry,
I'm all right it's just sometimes I die, and when I do
I tell that golden lie, the one about you and I
Getting it together Christmas time.
In absolutely no order of preference or merit, here are some of the more 'noteworthy':
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