My dear friend and collaborator, Claire Vance, introduced me to this song three 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 my performance.
The words that came out of my mouth were – yaba, daba, doo, or scooby, dooby, doo. Ever since that time, I vowed the next time I performed it would be perfect. What better way to do that than recording the song in my Silver Bells album.
Here’s my rendition of this upbeat Traditional Spiritual arranged by Mark Hayes:
I hope this song makes you wanna dance! If you like or love this song, please let me know and add your comments below. Thank You.
While growing up in the Philippines, I listened to The Carpenters and loved Karen Carpenter’s voice. When I received the Artist Support Grant 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 Silver Bells album.
Here’s the link on Spotify for your listening pleasure:
While I’m not attempting to sound like Karen Carpenter, I am performing this song the same way as the original recording. If you like or love this song, please share your comments below. Thank You.
This holiday medley includes:
- Happy Holiday – words and music by Irving Berlin
- It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas – words and music by Meredith Wilson
- The Most Wonderful Time of the Year – words and music by Eddie Pola and George Wyle
When I first showed my producer, Peter Vantine, the list of twenty (25) songs I wanted to record in the 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 in a year or two, I’ll follow-up with my second Christmas album and include the eleven (11) songs that didn’t make my “Silver Bells: Songs of Christmas JOY!” album.
If you like or love this medley, please share your comments below. Let me know what you think of this arrangement and the performance of this medley. Thank you.