Sunday, April 12, 2020

HAPPY EASTER - ENJOY THE SOUNDS OF THIS CELEBRATED DAY

THE SOUNDS OF EASTER - CHRIST IS RISEN - CELEBRATE WITH SONG

It's been awhile since I have posted on my travel blog. I am back on the trail, now that I have way too much time on my hands due to The Wuhan Virus. However, as I have commented to many on the telephone since the craziness started, we have both been semi-retired for a good while, so we spend a lot of time at home. God blessed me with an amazing woman who has the patience of Job when it comes to hearing her husband express himself without ceasing. I do, however, spend a few hours a day in my studio working on all kinds of things fun and not so fun to give the woman I love a break from her mouthy BFF and husband.

The one thing that we have done a lot of for a very long time is travel. I have said many times - If I ever win the lottery, I'm moving to either Tuscany or Provence. Our first trip abroad was to the amazing country of Italy, which, as you know, is going through a horrific period for the great people of a country where western civilization took shape and then spread the world over. We originally planned to travel to Puglia this month, actually, but decided to postpone for a year some time back. Of course, I have so many boutique hotels selected from Rome to Sicily to Puglia to Amalfi that reducing them down is going to be a chore indeed.

So today, I thought I would post some great music, old and new, to celebrate Christendom's most Holy Day.

First, a Virtual Rendition of The Hallelujah Chorus, the greatest piece of religious music ever written, with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in the lead.



Second, a live recording of the great Christian Contemporary Group Newsong, peforming Arise My Love.



Please enjoy these two great songs spanning almost four millennia to celebrate this most celebrated day among Christians the world over. And, next week, I will be sharing some travel tips and memories to help all the vagabonds get through this shutdown and plan you next adventure.

Happy Easter and God Bless

D.L.Stafford

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

NO. 25 ON THE 2019 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN - THE HALLELUJAH CHORUS

The Hallelujah Chorus, in my humble opinion, is the greatest religious composition ever written. Originally written as part of the masterwork, Messiah,  by George Frideric Handel in 1741, this great piece of religious music has become the standard for all religious music, particularly at Christmas. It has been performed by countless choirs of every description and has been arranged, sometimes creatively, by modern arrangers and composers as well.

Nothing is more appropriate to hear on Christmas Day than the great Hallelujah Chorus by THE MORMON TABERNACLE CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA -  NO. 25 ON THE 2019 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN.



And for another presentation, the world's largest Virtual Choir and Orchestra combine to present this magnificent work. Over 2,000 singers from all over the world were recorded for this musical event.



It's Christmas Day - Somebody Say Hallelujah - Merry Christmas To All

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And, as the day slows down later, enjoy the great Nat King Cole singing The Christmas Song.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

NO. 24 ON THE 2019 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN - HUMOR ALWAYS CURES WHAT AILS YOU

Today's entries bring some humor to the COUNTDOWN. It's the day before Christmas, and all through your house, there will be creatures stirring, no matter what you think. Even though my own kids are adults now, this season brings out the kid in all of us. And watching our  two and a half year old grandson brings back all the memories of great Christmases past. So today's presentation, hopefully, will bring you and yours some good feelings.

NO. 24 ON THE 2019 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN -

Enjoy some Simon's Cat. No Christmas is complete without at least one of those witty little takes on Christmas.



Then there is the great comedian Jim Gaffigan on moving Christmas. Something to think about. Particularly, if you live in Minnesota.



Finally, as only Charlie Brown and the gang can say it, bringing us back to the reason we celebrate.



Only One Day Left - Hug Everybody That Matters In Your World - Merry Christmas

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Monday, December 23, 2019

NO. 23 ON THE 2019 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN - ECLECTIC MUSIC FOR CHRISTMAS

It's ECLECTIC DAY on the COUNTDOWN. I present to you three different tunes from three  vastly different performers and styles. Today's salute to Great Eclectic Christmas Music includes The Tonight Show Band starring Doc Severinson, the big band sound of The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and the incomparable acapella group Straight No Chaser.

FIRST UP ON THE ECLECTIC 2019 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN - THE DOC SEVERINSON TONIGHT SHOW BAND PLAYING JINGLE BELLS.



NEXT UP IS THE JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA WITH THE GREAT WYNTON MARSALIS PERFORMING  'ZAT YOU SANTA CLAUS SUNG BY RENE MARIE



FINALLY, HOW ABOUT A LITTLE  HEY SANTA BY STRAIGHT NO CHASER.



Great Music Is Good For The Soul - Better Get Ready - Only Two Days Left - Merry Christmas

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Sunday, December 22, 2019

NO. 22 ON THE 2019 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN - THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND BRINGS A POWERFUL MEDLEY OF CLASSICS

Today's COUNTDOWN will make you love Christmas and swell with pride for this great country we are blessed to live in. The United States Air Force Band, currently comprised of 184 players, has been impressing audiences of all kinds the world over since 1941. This COUNTDOWN tune today features a Flash Mob performance by the USAF Band performing a medley of Classic Christmas Songs with a large group of singers - The Singing Sergeants - at the National Air and Space Museum.

Enjoy today's powerful COUNTDOWN tune - NO. 22 ON THE 2019 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN - A MEDLEY OF CHRISTMAS CLASSICS BY THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND



Great Music Is Everywhere - Merry Christmas

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Saturday, December 21, 2019

NO. 21 ON THE 2019 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN - ERIC CLAPTON DOING WHITE CHRISTMAS

I have always been an Eric Clapton fan. Who isn't. He is one of the greatest rock guitarist to ever pick up the instrument. So when I found this utterly unique take on the classic Christmas tune White Christmas, I had to share it. The video is pretty cool too. Clapton has been a true blues rocker since his days with The Yardbirds, John Mayall, the super group Cream  and then Blind Faith. His blues and rock guitar playing has been a staple in the rock music world since 1962. As the only three time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he is the winner of 18 Grammy Awards. Today's tune is a unique blend of great playing and singing and a completely unique video by one of the best.

Enjoy today's tune and video of one the greatest blues/rock guitarist ever - NO 21 ON THE 2019 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN - WHITE CHRISTMAS BY ERIC CLAPTON



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Friday, December 20, 2019

NO. 20 ON THE 2019 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN - INNOVATIVE SINGING BY HOME FREE

WOW!! When I hear new voices doing new things, particularly with old songs, I gotta give it a serious listen. Today's COUNTDOWN tune is another acapella group bringing creative arranging and incredible vocals to the Christmas classic - DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR. And the video is visually rich as well. This group of talented singers - HOME FREE - earned their stripes the hard way. Touring when nobody really knew them, cruise ship gigs, etc.. Then, in 2013, they won The Sing Off on NBC. They haven't looked back since. This group's future is very bright .
So, have a listen to this fantastic group of talented singers - NO 20 ON THE 2019 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN - DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR BY HOME FREE.



Hearing Great Music Makes Things Better - Merry Christmas

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