It's a couple days before Thanksgiving and the usual start of sharing season, so I'm going to do a 'pre-season' share to ease into things this year. The featured record is "Fiddle-Faddle - Blue Tango - Sleigh Ride - 10 Other Leroy Anderson Favorites" by the Boston Pops, conducted by Arthur Fiedler. (OK - someone clearly did not oversee the album titling process).
There is a Christmas connection - the Leroy Anderson classic "Sleigh Ride" is performed by the Boston Pops and included on the album. Seriously, is it even legal to have a Leroy Anderson album without "Sleigh Ride"?
The selection of songs is quote good. If, like me, you're less familiar with Mr. Anderson's non-Christmas compositions, you'll find a lot new here, and all very enjoyable, with some you'll recognize, like "The Syncopated Clock". The title tune "Fiddle-Faddle", "Jazz Pizzicato", "The Waltzing Cat", and the inimitable "Chicken Reel" are excellent examples of the work of one of America's most famous composers.
There is a nice little anecdote related to this record. Several months ago I received a surprise package in the mail from a good friend of mine, Bob C. In the mystery package was a Duke Ellington vinyl box set, and a letter signed by Leroy Anderson, together with sheet music for "Blue Tango". Bob was downsizing some of his old collectibles and thought that the Leroy Anderson autograph would find a better home at my place. Much appreciated Bob!
Just a couple of weeks later, I was helping to clean my mother-in-law's basement, and I found this record. Seemed like the perfect partner to the letter and sheet music, so I acquired the record (without objection from the in-laws). And so here we are, a great record, a nice collectible, and some music to share with all of you. Enjoy!