First recorded and popularized by legendary Bing Crosby and Carol Richards in 1950, this song made its cinematic debut in the movie “The Lemon Drop Kid” with entertainer and comedian Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell singing the song.
This Christmas Classic is in my playlist as an instrumental version recorded by Jim Brickman in his album “Christmas Romance.” He is an American pianist and songwriter known for his solo piano compositions. Released in 2008, when I was still living in Boston, MA, this CD was a musical gift from Pam, one of my dear friends.
This arrangement brings together the piano and accompanying instruments into a cool, jazzy, dreamlike recording that paints a winter wonderland picture in my mind. This is my first and only CD from another prolific composer whose career spans more than two decades. Listen to this winter wonderland rendition of “Silver Bells” on Spotify if you’re a subscriber, or the full album on YouTube.
“Glory to the Newborn King” was the original title of this Traditional African American Gospel Christmas Song. The African American scholar Horace Clarence Boyer (1935-2009) implies that “Glory to the Newborn King” was composed by Margaret Wells Allison, the founder and leader of a popular black gospel ensemble, the Angelic Gospel Singers.
My dear friend and music collaborator, Claire Vance, introduced me to this song five years ago. I loved it so much, that I decided to sing it twenty-four (24) hours after I learned it. Unfortunately, I forgot the words in the middle of the song. The words that came out of my mouth were – yaba, daba, doo, or scooby, dooby, doo.
Ever since that time, I vowed the lyrics would be perfect the next time I sang this song. What better way to do that than recording it in my 1st Christmas album Silver Bells. This arrangement by Mark Hayes and Peter Vantine rhythmically tickling of the ivories makes me wanna clap my hands, and get up and dance.
My Christmas Love Songs weekend series ends with one of my favorites. The lyrics were written in 1944 by Frank Pooler who was the choir director of Karen and Richard Carpenter at California State University. Richard Carpenter composed the music for this beloved Christmas ballad recorded by another American Treasure.
As a young girl, I listened to The Carpenters and loved Karen Carpenter’s voice. When I received the Artist Support Grant from the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis to record my first Christmas album, I had to include one of Karen’s classic Christmas songs. This was one of the first songs on my list to record in my 1st Christmas album.
Though I’m not attempting to sound like Karen Carpenter, I am performing this song the same way as the original recording. Sit back, relax, enjoy!
If you like or love this song, please share with others or share your comments below. Thank You. This is the Dec. 13 Song Blog from (my) Julie-Ann Joy’s 2020 Christmas Playlist. Check back everyday until New Year’s Day as I add another song to my playlist.
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When I first showed my producer, Peter Vantine, the list of twenty (25) songs I wanted to record in my 1st Christmas album, he advised me to narrow down my list. So we agreed to record fourteen (14) songs in ten (10) tracks, with Peter arranging a medley of holiday and Christmas songs. And perhaps I’ll follow-up with my second Christmas album and include the eleven (11) songs that didn’t make it to my album “Silver Bells: Songs of Christmas JOY!” Included in this medley are: