As I sit here this morning, the first day of our return to standard time, after forgetting to set my clocks back last night and joyfully realizing it this morning, I wanted to write a quick post to welcome everyone back to Merry and Bright for a new season of Christmas music, books, and whatever else comes to the mind of ol' Der Bingle.
I'm hoping for a great year here - more mini-reviews of new Christmas releases, a few full reviews of Christmas records from artists you won't find at Target. Perhaps some artist interviews. Salute!s for the work done by the some of the friends of Merry and Bright. And, of course, sharing out Christmas music that is out of print and unavailable in digital format.
To wind up this first post of the new season, I want to give a quick shout out to Ronald Lankford's new book, "Sleigh Rides, Jingle Bells, and Silent Nights: A Cultural History of American Christmas Songs". Ronald is the curator of his own Christmas music site, and has published a marvelous book about the music we all love so dearly. I started reading it this morning, and will post a more extensive review later in the season. Ronald's research and work is exceptional, and the artwork included in his book and on his site is simply fantastic. I have a great fondness for the nostalgic Christmas art of the past, and just love the vintage images he posts.
Sleigh Rides, Jingle Bells, and Silent Nights website
Amazon link to the book
So, here we go! The start of a new and joyous season!