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Mon, Dec. 24th, 2007, 10:32 am
A Creature Was Stirring

It hasn't felt much like a holiday this year. My family is all living in Iowa and the wife is working both today and tomorrow. I am all alone for the most part. Since we moved we've bought new furniture, a computer, and a car. So, we decided we'd exchanged enough gifts this year already. Especially, since my wife's birthday and our 10th wedding anniversary are coming up next month. Anyway, last night I saw Bing Crosby and David Bowie sing a duet of Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy together. The clip was from Bing's 1977 Merrie Olde Christmas television special. Watching the duet I was overcome by the Christmas spirit just like Ebenezer Scrooge. Like The Grinch my heart grew two sizes. Today, I am watching a Christmas film festival on T.V., Eight Crazy Days followed by The Polar Express, and Bad Santa tonight. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas after all. Now, if only James Kochalka and friends would ring my doorbell and sing me an original "carol" like Jingle Cat.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOukUUhQRug

Tue, Dec. 25th, 2007 06:55 am (UTC)
1womp: And laying his finger aside of his nose...

Much seasonal happiness to you! I remember seeing the Crosby/Bowie duet in its original broadcast years ago, and it really moved me, too. Part of that feeling came from the obvious respect that these two, nearly diametrically opposite, figures had for each other...much like a clear passing of a torch. Moreover, though, it was the sincerity and, well...beauty of the song that struck me (of course, I was about twelve at the time, so what did I know from beauty?). Oh, and thank you for your early Christmas gift of a courtesy mention in your blog a few posts ago.

Wed, Dec. 26th, 2007 04:58 am (UTC)
zinccomics: Bing And Bowie

Ironically, although Bowie introduced Little Drummer Boy as one of his son's favorites it must not have been one of his own. I've read that he refused to sing it and that Peace On Earth was written within hours by a couple of songwriters who were on the set. Bing and Bowie then quickly rehearsed the song before taping the new arrangement.