Saturday, 24 December 2016

Day 24 - The Little Drummer Boy / Peace On Earth - David Bowie & Bing Crosby

The Christmas Eve window often turns into a tearjerker and there won't be a dry eye in the house after this one.

I know this is a song you've heard a million time before, but it sounds especially poignant this Christmas and it's worth running for the chance to see the full video available here. I'd always intended to run a big Christmas standard on the 10th Calendar and it would just have been plain cantankerous to leave this off.

If this looks and sounds odd now  - and it certainly does - it wasn't much different to when it was recorded. This was a meeting it was always hard to reconcile. Recorded in 1977 when Punk was causing parents everywhere to take shelter; Bowie had just release 'Heroes' and Crosby was in the last months of his life. Bowie, apparently sharing my thoughts (See rant on Day 21 2009) about the Little Drummer Boy, only agreed to the recording as to please his Mum, and after the Peace On Earth refrain had been added as a counterpoint.

It doesn't matter how many times you've heard it though, at this time of year, it works beautifully.

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