Monday, September 04, 2023

On To Italia

Crazy clear water in Lake Como today in Varena.

Saturday, September 02, 2023

Rule Britannia

Traveling today...

Thursday, August 03, 2023

Chanukah In August 2023-Part 3

As The Doors once said, this is the end. I've got nothing left in the pile for you after this. There wasn't a huge deluge of stuff this year, but I think it was some good stuff. I've got a lot of it set aside in a special folder for an eventual best-of, but that's going to have to come at some time in the future. For today, you get seven more tracks for the eight days of Chanukah. Wish I could have made that work out with eight tracks, but it just wasn't in the cards.

1. The Shining Lights-Happy Hannukah
2. Soloists, Choir And Orchestra Of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute Of Religion-Father Made Me A Sevivon
3. Hap Palmer-Hanukkah-Vocal
4. Morleen Getz-Rouse, Narrator-Intro To Hanukah Lichtelech
5. Soloists, Choir And Orchestra Of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute Of Religion-Karen Gural, Soprano-Hanukah Lichtelech
6. Morleen Getz-Rouse, Narrator-Intro To Ken, Ken Yehi Ratzon
7. Soloists, Choir And Orchestra Of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute Of Religion-Karen Gural-Ken, Ken Yehi Ratzon

Looks like most of today's tracks came from the same record. I try not to do that, but there were just too many cuts from that one to spread them out. Put all of those tracks together that I've shared with you over these three days and you'll have the whole side of the record. Thanks for joining me on this voyage through June, July & August. It's been a blast. Hope to see you in November if I can get my act together. I'm off to Europe in a few weeks now for some much needed R&R. I'll be looking for you out on Lake Como, and maybe outside Battersea Power Station. I'll be the one in the Santa Claus hat.


Wednesday, August 02, 2023

Chanukah In August 2023-Part 2

Time for the second part of our August Chanukah spectacular. If you enjoyed the stuff from yesterday, then it's pretty much more of the same thing today. I can't think of a lot of interesting things to say at the moment since I'm hungry, so I'll just give you the tracklisting and a link and call it good.

1. Morleen Getz-Rouse, Narrator-Intro To Yemei Ha-Chanukah
2. Soloists, Choir And Orchestra Of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute Of Religion-Yemei Ha-Chanukah
3. Morleen Getz-Rouse, Narrator-Intro To Father Made Me A Sevivon
4. The Shining Lights-The First Candle We Light On Hannukah
5. Morleen Getz-Rouse, Narrator-Intro To Sevivon, Sov, Sov, Sov
6. Soloists, Choir And Orchestra Of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute Of Religion-Sevivon, Sov, Sov, Sov
7. Kathy Lecinski-Chanukah, Oh Chanukah

See you tomorrow!


Tuesday, August 01, 2023

Chanukah In August 2023-Part 1

Even though Chanukah rarely (ever?) comes after Christmas, I like to share out a handful of Chanukah tunes with you right after I finish my Christmas in July shares. It's a lot rarer to come by Chanukah tunes on the old records I dig up, but they do turn up here and there. And this year features a bumper crop, mostly thanks to one full side of tunes from a record I found. So I've got more than a single day for you. For those of you who're still around here at the beginning of the month, here are a handful of Chanukah tunes for your listening pleasure.

1. The Shawnee Choir-Earl Willhoite, Director-Richard Lindroth, Accompanist-Hanukkah Holiday
2. Soloists, Choir And Orchestra Of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute Of Religion-Prelude
3. All-City Choir-Susan Van Dyck, Chairman-Nancy Ferguson, Coordinator-Hanukkah
4. Morleen Getz-Rouse, Narrator-Intro To Ma-I Hanukah
5. Soloists, Choir And Orchestra Of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute Of Religion-Michael Horton, Tenor-David Goodman, Baritone-Ma-I Hanukah
6. Soloists, Choir And Orchestra Of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute Of Religion-Mah Oz Tzur
7. Hap Palmer-Hanukkah-Instrumental

Come back for more tomorrow!


Monday, July 31, 2023

Christmas In July 2023-Part 31

Last day of the month, last day of Christmas in July. Normally this day would be devoted to New Year's tunes, but I only found one of those this year. I've had to supplement it with thirteen more great Christmas tunes. Looks like I've saved some really great stuff until the end here, so be sure you don't miss this package. As usual, I'll be back tomorrow with the start of Chanukah in August, so don't miss out. Hope you've been enjoying the Christmas music this month!

1. Chris Rea-Joys Of Christmas
2. Kathy Lecinski-The New Year Is Coming
3. Johnny Dyno And His Orchestra-Snowflake-Oberek
4. Allen Keller And Trombones-Kai Winding-Urbie Green-Nick Travis-Paul Falise-Christmas Road
5. Conducted By Joseph Brooks-Christmas Song (Version 2)
6. MacLean & MacLean-Nine Days Of Christmas
7. James Galway-Winter Sunset
8. Eddie Bond-Christmas In Heaven
9. Lya Badgley-Lilacs In Winter
10. Melanie-Merry Christmas
11. Cesana And Orchestra-Snow Scene
12. Lulu Belle & Scotty-The Empty Christmas Stocking
13. Sandy Offenheim-If Snowflakes Fell In Flavours
14. K-tel-Jingle Bells

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, July 30, 2023

Christmas In July 2023-Part 30

Next to the last day of the month here, and I've got a whopping thirteen tracks for you. (Is that right, 13? Let me check again. Yep, that's what it says, 13.) At this point in the game, I know exactly what I have left, so I can splurge and give you as much as possible without going over or under for the month. So we've come a long way from what, three tracks on day one? Not too bad, but I suppose I could have counted a little better and doled it out more evenly. Lots of good stuff here saved for the end, it's a pretty good playlist all on it's own. Give it a listen and let me know what you think.

1. The Kings-This Christmas
2. Timothy Angel And Robert Fowkes (Trebles) With Malcolm Archer, Organist And Master Of The Choristors Bristol Cathedral-Ave Maria
3. Brian Slawson-Flutes Played By Amy K. Porter-"Christmas Concerto" From Concerto Grosso, Op. 6, No. 8
4. Jack White-Greensleeves
5. Homer Denison-If Winter Comes
6. Cecile Frenette-Soon It Will Be Christmas
7. Tom Paxton-Winter Song
8. Janis Ian-In The Winter
9. Buddy Tate, His Tenor Sax And Orchestra-Lonely Christmas
10. Dorothy Maynor, Soprano, With Unaccompanied Male Choir-Rise Up, Shepherd, An' Foller (Hymn Of Christmas)
11. John Williams-Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring
12. Barbara E. Leigh & The Everlov'ins-Greenie The Christmas Tree
13. Richard Robinson-Orchestral Accompaniments By Ed Jurey-Ten Little Jingle Bells

Don't forget to come back tomorrow for the end of the month blowout!


Saturday, July 29, 2023

Christmas In July 2023-Part 29

Last Saturday of the month, I hope you're out doing something fun instead of sitting in front of your computer downloading Christmas music. But just in case, here's eleven more tracks for you. Another nice batch of stuff, hopefully something you can add to your favorites list.

1. The Rave-Ups-The Night Before Christmas (Hey Baby)
2. Father Dave-Little Town Of Bethlehem
3. Hal Redekop-Jesu Joy Of Man's Desiring
4. The Raftsmen-The Frozen Logger
5. University Of Massachusetts Studio Concert Band, Conducted By Jeff Holmes-Winter Festival Pak: Only Santa Knows
6. Monnajean McIlwain, Lucille Cowden Kazee-Accompanist-Oh, Holy Night
7. Paul Belanger-How Rudolph Got His Name
8. Ray Stevens-Santa Claus Is Watching You
9. Monk Oaner-Sometimes In Winter (Minus Drums)
10. Marching Chiefs-Florida State University-Parade Of Carols (Medley Of Hark The Herald Angels Sing, Joy To The World And Oh Come Oh (SIC) Ye Faithful)
11. Jan DeGaetani, Mezzo-Soprano & Gilbert Kalish, Piano-A Christmas Carol

Download and enjoy!


Friday, July 28, 2023

Christmas In July 2023-Part 28

So close to the end now, I think I can smell it. Another ten tracks today, including some that I'm sure will make the best of. I don't want to spoil it for you by telling you which ones those are, but I'm sure you can figure it out. Here's the list, give it a once over, or just download it without peeking.

1. State Radio Orchestra Of The U.S.S.R.-Conducted By Samuel Samosud-Children's Chorus Under Direction Of V. Sokolov-Winter Holiday (Children's Suite): Departure
2. The Vanguard Singers-Here We Go A-Caroling
3. Jenny Michaels, Vocals & Guitar With Rhythm Band-Snowflakes
4. The Ringing Belles-Rachael Kuivinen, Director-Masters In This Hall
5. Sy Mann At The Lowrey-Winter Wonderland
6. Diane Leslie-Christmas Song
7. Jerry Murad's Harmonicats-Nutcracker Suite
8. Iroquois Junior Public School Primary & Senior Choirs, Choir Director-Shirley Munroe-O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles)
9. Stanley Holloway-Arranged And Conducted By Arthur Lief-Sam's Christmas Pudding
10. Popular Photography-Skis On Snow

Good stuff I tell you!


Thursday, July 27, 2023

Christmas In July 2023-Part 27

Getting pretty close to the end here, but I've still got a pile of music up my sleeve. Only eight tracks today, but they're really long ones, some of the longest tracks I've shared all season, and all bundled up together.

1. Singing Francine, Music By Charlie's Roots-Hurray Hurrah
2. Kaye Ballard-Park Avenue Christmas
3. James Kenney And The Merry Orchestra-The Nutcracker
4. Marais And Miranda With The Pardo Ancient Instrument Ensemble-A Legend Of St. Nicholas (French)
5. Amy Grant-A Night To Remember/Luke 2:1-20
6. Alice Day-Medley: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas; Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
7. Lord Buckley-Scrooge
8. Kawaiahao Church Choir-Narration By Rev. Abraham K. Akaka, Pastor-Halleluia Chorus

Very eclectic, too, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised by what's in this pile. Enjoy!