Advent 4 – The Little Drummer Boy

This one’s included for my parents, it’s the first reference to Jesus and tomorrow the pagan carols continue.

It’s a pity it’s called the “perfect” version by the uploader 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.]

3 comments for “Advent 4 – The Little Drummer Boy

  1. CherryPie
    December 6, 2018 at 01:57

    One of my favourite Christmas songs.

    The words, the rhythm and the music are part of the Christmas story.

    They draw us in, especially if we have taken part in the music 🙂

  2. December 6, 2018 at 04:04

    Advent request: Carol of the Bells.

  3. December 6, 2018 at 07:47

    Cherie – yes. Favourite of my mother’s too.

    Somber – it’s on the list for the 25th to the 6th.

    Actually, it will go on the 25th but I already have the Twelve Days in there. However, this one has the bells, so it should open the day, along with some church bells from previous years. Think that will work nicely.

    The 26th has but one choice – readers might guess what that will be.

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