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Song Of The Weekend: Bing Crosby & David Bowie – “The Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth”


I still remember being a little boy watching this Bing Crosby Christmas special.  The contrast of having him perform a duet with David Bowie was something to behold and very unusual at the time.   And, as is sometimes the case, when you combine two completely different talents you can end up with magic.  Bing was nearing the end of his career and life (he died before the airing of this special) while David’s career was beginning to take off.  Bing had a long term association with the holiday and was known for singing probably the most famous Christmas song ever – “White Christmas,” while I am not sure anyone thought of David Bowie as a purveyor of Christmas cheer.

The best Christmas songs seem to have a basic melody and simple yet thoughtful lyrics.  They are relatively easy to remember and sing.  When you hear them there is no confusing their meaning or intention.  They tend to rally us together and foster a family friendly vibe while conjuring up happy memories of holidays past.  They take us back to our childhood when there was still a sense of Christmas magic and wonder and life was unencumbered by the demands and realities of adulthood.

I wish you and your family a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  Please enjoy this video of “The Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth” from almost 35 years ago.  I hope it allows you, if only for a few minutes, to reflect back on happy memories with loved ones who may or may not still be with you.  I encourage you to remember that every Christmas is a gift worth cherishing.

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