Christmas 4

This one’s included for my parents.

It’s a pity it is called the “perfect” version because that is boastful … and yet, it’s a very good version all the same.

“The Little Drummer Boy” (originally known as “Carol of the Drum”) is a popular Christmas song written by the American classical music composer and teacher Katherine Kennicott Davis in 1941.

First recorded in 1951 by the Trapp Family Singers, the song was further popularized by a 1958 recording by the Harry Simeone Chorale; the Simeone version was re-released successfully for several years and the song has been recorded many times since.

In the lyrics the singer relates how, as a poor young boy, he was summoned by the Magi to the Nativity of Jesus. Without a gift for the infant the little drummer boy played his drum with Jesus’ mother, Mary’s approval; recalling, “I played my best for Him” and “He smiled at me.”

[Much of the text for these carols comes from Wikipedia.]

2 comments for “Christmas 4

  1. Wolfie
    December 16, 2017 at 00:23

    This particular version was a favourite on R4 at the festive time when I was a boy. I remember my Father playing it loudly on his transistor radio while he relaxed in the bath, those religious radio shows were lovely and the presenters very knowledgeable on the subject of religious music. Fascinating.

    • December 16, 2017 at 06:32

      I listened to virtually every version on youtube and it did seem the best of those going. I even listened to the von Trapp version from 1951 and it was way too fast, with no drum. This was the radio version, yes.

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