Daily Archives: December 21, 2009

Monday Night Christmas Music Byte

“Sleigh Ride” is a popular light orchestral piece composed by Leroy Anderson. The composer had the original idea for the piece during a heat wave in July 1946; he finished the work in February 1948. Lyrics, about a person who would like to ride in a sleigh on a winter’s day with another person, were written by Mitchell Parish in 1950. The orchestral version was first recorded in 1949 by Arthur Fiedler and The Boston Pops Orchestra. The song was a hit record on RCA Victor Red Seal 49-0515 (45 rpm) / 10-1484 (78 rpm), and has become the equivalent of a signature song for the orchestra. The 45 rpm version was originally issued on red vinyl. This original mono version has never been available on CD, although the later 1959 re-recording is available in stereo. The orchestra has also recorded the song with John Williams, their conductor from 1979 to 1995, and Keith Lockhart, their current conductor.

Although “Sleigh Ride” is often associated with Christmas, and often appears on Christmas compilation albums, the song’s lyrics never specifically mention any holiday or religion. In fact, the mention of pumpkin pie in the last verse might suggest an association with Thanksgiving rather than Christmas.

According to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers [ASCAP] review of Christmas music, “Sleigh Ride” consistently ranks in the top 10 list of most performed songs written by ASCAP members during the Christmas season worldwide. According to author Steve Metcalf in the book Leroy Anderson: A Bio-Bibliography [Praeger 2004], “Sleigh Ride”… has been performed and recorded by a wider array of musical artists than any other piece in the history of Western music.”

Please enjoy the original Arthur Fiedler and The Boston Pops‘ version of “Sleigh Ride” which happens to be my personal favorite traditional Christmas song.

Health Care Reform, Sarah Palin And The Girlie Republicans

The Twelve (OK, Fifteen) Days of Christmas Song Parodies continues…

Wow, the Sunday morning talking head programs revealed one thing for certain. On the eve of the Senate’s midnight vote on its watered down version of a health care reform bill, every single Republican has his/her panties in a bunch. Have you ever seen a bigger bunch of cry-babies in your life? They simply cannot handle the fact that the Senate Democrats will stick together with a filibuster-proof 60 votes.

Take a look at some of the outrageously ridiculous language used by Republicans on television yesterday. Senator Tom Coburn said, “This process is not legislation; this is corruption.” Failed Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said, “If the members of this Congress will not pay attention to the people who elected them, who hired them and who have the right to fire them, then the people in this country will remind them who they work for when they no longer get to work for them.” The craziest statement of all however, came from Senator Lindsey Graham who said,

’The Class Act’ that allows long term health care insurance to be subsidized by the government and offered by the government is a Ponzi scheme in the first order that Madoff would have been proud of. It’s still in the bill. Any democratic senator that votes for the bill is a coconspirator to one of the biggest Ponzi schemes in Washington.

You would think that these morons were not aware of every poll which suggests that a majority of Americans are in favor of health care reform.

In other news, wasn’t it a laugh riot when Sarah Palin mangled the English language and exposed her stupidity and lack of education yet again when she confused the words “ion” and “eon”? She is the gift that simply keeps on giving and right in time for Christmas also, too.

In honor of the troops, please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along to today’s holiday song parody.

Here Comes Santa Claus song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5-OC_5rksk

HERE COMES SARAH P.

(sung to the Christmas song “Here Comes Santa Claus”)

Here comes Sarah P., Here comes Sarah P.
Basking in her fame
No education, a fool without peer
Could she be more lame?
Sarah’s singing words so stinging
You can tell she’s not bright
She keeps squawking that she’s the player
That dominates the far right

Here comes Sarah P., Here comes Sarah P.
A “Calamity Jane”
A big windbag that’s filled with noise
Describes the Palin name
Simple language she does mangle
She never gets it quite right
So jump in bed and cover your head
Cuz Sarah P. comes tonight!

Here comes Sarah P., Here comes Sarah P.
She’s an unemployed dame
She doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor
She’ll fleece you just the same
Sarah P. never tends her children
And she thinks that’s alright
As long as her kids are not queer
Who cares where they sleep tonight!

Here comes Sarah P., Here comes Sarah P.
Playing Sarah P. games
When she misspeaks and then gets called out
It’s the media she blames
Sean Hannity she will call
She thinks he can make it right
But let’s give thanks to the Lord above
She’s not on Fox News tonight!

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