It’s the most wonderful time of the year again—blog caroling time! I’m delighted to be able to add my voice to the chorus in the annual tradition hosted by footnoteMaven. The hard part is picking a carol. I have 74 songs on my Christmas playlist on iTunes, and am always finding more.
But as soon as I saw this video on YouTube, I knew it had to be the one. When I was growing up, we listened to Ray Conniff and the Ray Conniff Singers’ Christmas albums on the stereo over and over and over again. My mom loved them, and so did I. My favorite was this album, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, released in 1962 by Columbia Records in Stereo “360 Sound." Luckily, I still have it.
The first track on side B is a medley of three songs: “Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!; Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep); We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” My mom would set the record on the spindle and we’d watch it drop down onto the turntable and start spinning. After a few moments the arm would reach out and lower the needle, and following a brief hiss the room would fill with sound. This sound:
This video must have come from an old Christmas television special. Isn’t it fun?
To see the carols that other bloggers have shared, visit footnoteMaven’s blog after she compiles the list on December 19th. Last year I shared two songs in one post: “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Kenny G and “The Christmas Can-Can” by Straight No Chaser. If you like, you can hear them at Blog Caroling: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.
Hope your holidays are merry and bright!