Friday, December 25, 2020

Buon Natale - Joyeux Noël - Frohe Weihnachten - Feliz Navidad - Kala Christougena - Feliz Natal - Wherever You Happen To Be - Merry Christmas!!

 The Most Blessed Day Is Here

First, let me say - We wish every Vagabond at home, on the road or just enjoying the day in a place you've never been - MERRY CHRISTMAS! This has been a most trying year dealing with the Covid Virus, the masks, and the "Experts", in every language, trying to tell us all what to do. Today, however, is the day we come together with family and friends to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. We will also happily watch the little kids, the older kids and the kids that just can't let it go get things they wanted and things they will return or stick in the closet. And, of course, we will enjoy great food and listen to Nat King Cole sing The Christmas Song for the five hundredth time! As we celebrate this great day, I hope you have enjoyed the songs I have put on The Nomad Architect.

Today, I selected one of the greatest classical works of music ever written. Ludwig van Beethoven only wrote nine symphonies. The Ninth Symphony was the first symphony ever written using singers. The final movement is called  Ode To Joy.  I hope you enjoy this powerful piece of music - Beethoven's Ninth Symphony - Fourth Movement - Chorale - Ode To Joy performed by The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchrestra and Singers and conducted by the ninety three year old Herbert Blomstedt. Seeing the pure joy on his face as he conducts this powerful composition shows us the true beauty of great music.


And, at the end of this very busy day, you can rest. Putting all the "stuff" away can wait. Just enjoy sleeping as you hear the beauty of peace and quiet from a tune written by John Lennon to his son - The Beatles - Good Night sung by Ringo Starr. God Bless you All.



Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to All!

D.L.STafford

Thursday, December 24, 2020

IT'S CHRISTMAS EVE!!! NO. 2 ON THE 2020 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN - MERRY CHRISTMAS!

 CHRISTMAS EVE IS MAGICAL FOR KIDS FROM  ONE TO NINETY-TWO

Today, Christmas Eve brings us all closer to our families and our friends, especially this year. There's something about this day of expectations for Christmas. The Christian World begins earnest preparation for giving and sharing as we celebrate the birth of Christ. I found an impressive tune celebrating Christmas Eve. Ryan Stevenson gives us a great fun song celebrating the beauty of this day as he sings  This Christmas Eve.


I found this Coke commercial, of all things, showing the beauty and love of Christmas. Very appropriate since coke is my favorite soft drink - ENJOY!


Who better to spread Christmas Cheer than The Prince of Wales and a talented group of British Actors reciting the best known Christmas Poem ever written - in support of the Actor's Benevolent Fund- Prince Charles and a fine cast of supporting actors bring us  'Twas  The Night Before Christmas.


It is my fervent hope that you and yours have a fabulous Christmas Eve!

D.LStafford

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

GOTTA HAVE SOME MORE JAZZ ON THIS WEDNESDAY - THREE DAYS LEFT - NO. 3 ON THE 2020 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN

I've said it many times before, I grew up listening to and loving jazz. Old school to new school, jazz is a uniquely American musical invention. First on today's Countdown, listen to  one of the greatest jazz pianists to ever sit at a keyboard, Dave Brubeck. My wife and I had the distinct pleasure of hearing Mr. Brubeck perform twice - first, in 1969 not long after we met at The Atlanta International Pop Festival and later at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Saint Pete, Florida in 2013 at the tender young age of 93! Utterly Amazing! 

Please enjoy today's first Countdown Tune - Dave Brubeck and his two sons performing Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.


Up next is a passel of amazing horn players bringing us some great jazz recorded around the world. I don't know how they did it but they did it right - The  Trumpet Bells of Christmas with a spectacular medley of Christmas Classics.


And for today's Bonus Track - Have a listen to one of the greatest jazz quartets to ever step on a stage - The multiple Grammy Award winning Manhattan Transfer performs two great Christmas Classics - Santa Baby and The Christmas Song.


I hope this music will jazz up your plans for Christmas.

D.L.Stafford

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

IT'S TUESDAY, ONLY FOUR DAYS 'TILL THE BIG DAY - TIME FOR SOME MORE HUMOR - NO. 4 ON THE CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN

CHRISTMAS SEASON IS ABOUT LAUGHTER

It's Tuesday and it's been beautiful here in God's Country all day. I thought today migh be a good day for some cartoons. The first piece of creative movement art is entitled The Christmas Crow. It's very innovative and funny - Have a laugh from CHRISTMAS CROW for No. 4 on The 2020 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN.


If you need some funny but brutal Christmas chuckling then this one's for you - Do You Like My Decorations.


And today's Bonus Track - It's not a cartoon, but, it is British comic genius Rowan Atkinson  as Mr. Bean directing the Carol Band - Enjoy Bean's Carol Band.


Laughter is good on Tuesday or any other day.

Merry Christmas

D.L.Stafford

Monday, December 21, 2020

DECEMBER 21 - HOW ABOUT SOME DUETS - NO. 5 ON THE 2020 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN

 DUETS ARE ALWAYS WITH US

Starting with the likes of  Nelson Eddie & Jeanette McDonald all the way to Sting & Luciano Pavoratti, and so many others, duets are always part of the musical landscape we listen to. First tune today is a very cool video featuring the best crooner singing today, Michael Buble', and former American Idol Contestant, Kellie Pickler, who's first album sold over a million copies. With a great band, great backup singers and a great arrangement, Buble' & Pickler give us White Christmas.


Cut number two, an unlikely duet by seventy year old Bing Crosby and thirty year old David Bowie. Two great singers from completely two different generations joined their unique talents in 1977 performing the  Little Drummer Boy (Peace on Earth)



And today's Bonus Track, through technology, Martina McBride, who was two when Elvis filmed the greatest version of  this classic in 1968, joins The King of Rock & Roll some forty years later for Blue Christmas.


Two are always better than one.

Merry Christmas

D.L.Stafford

Sunday, December 20, 2020

TODAY IS RANDON CHRISTMAS TUNE DAY - NO. 6 ON THE 2020 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN

 TODAY PRESENTS SOME FAVORITE TUNES OF MINE

Today's first Christmas Tune features a great singer and interpreter of music - Ray LaMontagne performs an amazing cover of the Ray Charles Classic with a small choir behind him - The Spirit of Christmas at The National Tree Lighting Ceremony in 2009.


It's no secret that I am a bona-fide huge fan of one of the greatest Texas Troubadours to ever grace a stage or record a note - Lyle Lovett. I have seen this master of story telling and creator of blends of country, jazz, big band, folk and rock like none other. Today, enjoy a great cover of a Classic Christmas Tune - Lyle Lovett & Kat Edmonson, another Texan, perform Baby It's Cold Outside.


Finally, full disclosure. I grew up on Southern Gospel Music. I started singing with my family at the age of twelve and my dad drug me and my brother to hear the Statesmen, The Blackwoods, and many other great Southern Gospel artists. Those experiences never left me. This unique genre of American Music is alive and well today with groups like today's Countdown Artists - The Martins, who started singing in their teens in 1987,  perform Go Tell.


Hope you're ready my fellow vagabonds - six days until Christmas.

D.L.Stafford

Saturday, December 19, 2020

IT'S A CHRISTMAS POWER SATURDAY - NO. 7 ON THE 2020 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN

 GREAT POWER SINGING IS RARE BUT IT BRINGS PEOPLE TO THEIR FEET

The first time I ever heard David Phelps, the high tenor with The Gaither Vocal Band, I was utterly amazed. Not only his power in the upper register, but his nuance and phrasing on virtually everything he does places him in a small club of great singers. He has been with TGB for many years and has done many solo projects and recorded and performed with many great talents in Gospel and Secular music. Today, the first Countdown tune shows what real anointed power singing is. David Phelps, with a pianist and a choir coming in after the key change is the most perfect I have ever heard this classic Christmas Song performed. David Phelps singing O HOY NIGHT.


Next up - Power singing mixed with some blues and a killer band. This duet with John Legend and Katie Kadan, a contestant on The Voice, will rock your socks right off your feet. This is serious power singing with a touch of rock and blues - John Legend & Katie Kagan perform Merry Christmas Baby.


And last, but never least, the great Tom Jones, whom I have seen many many times, performs a great Christmas Classic with David Foster and his orchestra - Mary's Boy Child.


Power Singin for Christmas makes you you feel better about this time of year.

D.L.Stafford