Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to everyone.  This will be (probably) the last post of the season.  As usual, my intentions exceeded capacity this season, so there are things left undone and put into storage for next year.  Fortunately, Christmas music is timeless, and a song or an album aged one year more doesn't lose any of the joy we as Christmas music fans can experience from it.

I owe the awesome band Make Like Monkeys a full article - that is a priority feature for 2020.

Covering more of Ren Geisick's Christmas music is a must.

I intended to review Wynton Marsalis' Big Band Holidays II, and excellent 2019 release, but it didn't happen.  2020 list - added.

And several artists who sent me info were, fortunately, covered at the other great Christmas Music blogs, notably the Sons of Old Town Collective, who released Vol 3 of their Christmas Extravaganza.  Thanks to Christmas a Go Go for their feature.

Finally, tips of the hat to all the other Christmas bloggers whose sites I frequent as often as possible during the season (and more often than not, after the season):

Ernie (Not Bert)
Tim Neely's Christmas Songs of the Day
Christmas Underground
Hip Christmas
Christmas a Go Go
Christmas TV History  (TV, not music, but an absolute fave site)

And a special nod to the site that started all this for me, by the man himself The King of Jingaling and the Fa's Festive Forums.

And a final salute to Stubby, whose House of Christmas is in retirement, but who kept us in the know about so many new releases and old favorites through the Fa.  Well done sir!

Until the next post...  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Aaron Henton  (Der Bingle)

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone!

It's as far from a White Christmas as it gets for Kansas City this year.  As I'm writing this, it's 65 degrees.  The record high for Christmas is 67, so we may set a new record before the day is through.  I prefer my Christmases in the 20s, but the nice weather has its advantages.

I hope all of you are having a wonderful holiday!

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Happy Christmas Eve!

Happy Christmas Eve to everyone!

We have a few extra things going on this Christmas Eve in the Bingle household.  I'm making a batch of kolaches to have on Christmas Day (assuming they are not all devoured today).  It's a time-consuming task, with having to allow the dough to raise three times, but it's all worth it.  Daughter Becca Bingle is making a Yule Log cake, by request of her grandmother.  She baked the cake this morning, but it broke so she turned it into cake Yule Lads and Ladies, and will re-do the log cake later today.

Then it's off to church, followed by dinner at Alex Bingle's house, and the annual tradition of watching "A Christmas Story".  Then home to await the arrival of you know who.  With the youngest Bingle being 18, some of the excitement has evolved and changed form, but some traditions should never completely fade away.

As for the blog, as always my intentions exceeded available time.  There are things left completely undone, but fortunately they can wait until next year.  I'll be back here over the next few days to wrap things up.  Here's wishing you a wonderful Christmas Eve!

Monday, December 23, 2019

Final Shares of the Season

Today I'm sharing out the last for this year.  I'll be back with a few more posts, but this is it for the vintage music for the 2019 season.  I have two more singles for you today.

First is "White Christmas" by the Honeydreamers featuring Jack Russell as soloist.  (I wonder if he went on to become a successful dog breeder...)  This is on the Peter Pan Records label and was a whopping 25 cents when issued.  "White Christmas" is backed by "Adeste Fideles".

"White Christmas" single download link

And second today is "All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth", backed by "The Snowflake Song" from The Cricketone Chorus and Orchestra on the Cricket Records label.  Just judging by the artwork, this one is maybe a 1970's release.  Still a bargain at 29 cents :-)

"All I Want for Christmas" single download link

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Snap! A Re-Share

Another re-'master' and re-post from last year - here's "Carols of Christmas" by the Snap-On Male Chorus.  This one was affected pretty significantly by the stylus issues last year, and so I wanted to make sure to re-do it for this season.  Info about the album is here, and the download link is below.

Please enjoy "Carols of Christmas", re-mastered, by the Snap-On Make Chorus!

download link

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Frosty and Santa

Today's share is another pair of kiddie singles - "Frosty the Snow Man" and "Santa Claus is Comin' To Town".   Both of these are released on the "Golden Record" label and are performed by The Sandpipers and Mitch Miller & Orchestra.  "Frosty" features vocalist Pat O'Malley, and "Santa" features Anne Lloyd.

Frosty's B-side is "Frosty the Snow Man Part II".  Is it a continuation?  Is it "the rest of the story", taking a dark turn?  You'll have ti find out for yourself!

Santa's B-side is listed on the cover as "Golden Christmas Song" and on the record as "Christmas Song".

So, here they are - Frosty and Santa!  Vintage stuff, my friends :-)

Frosty download link

Santa download link

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Sharing the Abbey Choir

Tonight's share is another new album this season.  "Abbey Choir Sing Christmas" is a 1950s-era album released on the Promenade label.  The Abbey Choir, formed in the early 1900's at the Church if St. Trinian in England, had continued through 50 years if existence, and, according to the record sleeve, had some children of the original choir members in the choir at the time of the recording.

Interestingly, friend of Merry & Bright Lee shared a version of this album over at MY(P)WHAE just a few weeks ago (Lee and I seem to be on the same wavelength this year), although his share was on the Parade label and had a different album cover.  I do like the Promenade cover, featuring two adorable young women and two handsome young men singing amidst some type of evergreen tree.

Like Lee, I found the Choir to be excellent.  The recording quality is generally pretty good.  Organ accompaniment seems a bit shaky here and there, but the choir is top form.  I enjoyed it quite a lot.

The record sleeve indicates Side A track 1 as "Silent Night" and track 2 as "The Wassail Song", but those two songs were reversed on the record itself (and the sequence was accurate on the record label). 

I've heard all of the songs that are on the album, but some are not the usual fare, such as "Christians Awake" and "As With Gladness Men of Old".  These are mixed in with A-listers "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen", "The Holly and the Ivy", "The Twelve Days of Christmas", and others.

All in all, a great little album of a top-notch choir.  Enjoy!

Abbey Choir download link