TO ALL VAGABONDS CELEBRATING THIS DAY - MERRY CHRISTMAS
Sunday, December 25, 2022
HALLELUJAH! IT'S CHRISTMAS DAY - WE CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF JESUS CHRIST & ENJOY THE LOVE OF THIS SPECIAL DAY
Saturday, December 24, 2022
First up today is a unique reading by the one and only Louis Armstrong. If you have little kids, make sure they see this distinctive Christmas video. NO. 2 on THE 2022 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN - LOUIS ARMSTRONG - A VISIT FROM ST. NICHOLAS ('TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS).
Friday, December 23, 2022
Love like you'll never be hurt,
Sing like there's nobody listening,
And live like it's heaven on earth.”
― William W. Purkey
Thursday, December 22, 2022
TODAY - WE'LL LISTEN TO SOME OF THE GREATEST MALE SINGERS TO EVER TAKE A STAGE SINGING CHRISTMAS TUNES
First up today features one of the greatest Gospel singers to ever record - NO. 4 on THE 2022 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN - Multiple Grammy winner LARNELLE HARRIS presents Sweet Little Jesus Boy with a strong Gospel Choir backing.
Wednesday, December 21, 2022
CLASSICAL MUSIC FROM A MASTER IS ALWAYS COMPELLING AND PROFOUND
I'm no expert when it comes to the music of the Classical Masters. Suffice to say - Listening to Beethoven's 9th or Mozart's Requiem gives me a sense of history and majesty that comes from the geniuses who wrote the music and the talented players who perform it. Mozart was only 15 when he wrote his First Symphony.
Today's music features one of the greatest compositions by Ludwig von Beethoven ever written. This is the longest piece of music ever posted on The Countdown. I must admit to being emotionally moved beyond myself every time I hear this powerful composition by one of the world's greatest composers. Beethoven wrote Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Opus 125 between 1822 and 1824.
One source states that he was completely deaf when he wrote this choral symphony. Others say he was profoundly deaf. Ultimately, it really doesn't matter. I do hope you will listen to this Finale, the 4th Movement of the 9th Symphony. I highly recommend watching and listening on a large, big screen TV with the sound turned up high. NO. 5 on the 2022 Christmas Countdown - Ludwig von Beethoven's 9th Symphony - Finale - 4th Movement - Performed by the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and the The German State Berlin Choir comprised of over 200 singers and directed by award-winning conductor Daniel Barenboim.
“Consider difficulties as stepping stones to a better life.” Ludwig Van Beethoven.
Tuesday, December 20, 2022
Monday, December 19, 2022
TODAY IS MONDAY - YOU'RE TIRED & STRESSED - THE SHOPPING, THE WRAPPING, THE COOKING, THE PARTIES JUST TIRES YOU OUT - NOTHING MAKES YOU FEEL BETTER THAN SOME GOOD OLD ROCK & ROLL - MERRY CHRISTMAS!!
Second - to get you off the couch and going on what I hope will be a Happy Monday - Dave Edmunds & Bonnie Tyler performing RUN RUN RUDOLPH.
In all honesty, I have not wrapped a single thing. I've been so busy finding great music I just haven't had time! LOL! But today, on Monday, I start.
Sunday, December 18, 2022
NO. 8 ON THE 2022 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN - HELLO ON THIS COOL - CRISP - BRIGHT SUNDAY MORNING - ONE WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS
THAT'S RIGHT - ONE WEEK - NEXT SUNDAY IS CHRISTMAS - NEXT TIME THIS HAPPENS? 2033 - SO ENJOY TODAY AS YOU PONDER WHAT'S COMING
Saturday, December 17, 2022
Friday, December 16, 2022
TODAY - VAGABONDS EVERYWHERE CAN HEAR SOME OF THE GREATEST SINGERS TO EVER GRACE A STAGE - THE BEST OF THE BEST
I've said it before, but it bears repeating - I grew up listening to the great music featured on today's post. Great singers/crooners have a way of expressing lyrics with subtlety and panache that latch on to your soul and don't let go.
Today's post includes four tunes with great singers and interpreters of music that simply make you feel good.
Starting with the greatest crooner of all time - Frank Sinatra released his first record in 1946 - The Voice of Frank Sinatra. He soon became the idol of the Bobbie Soxers and eventually became known as The Chairman of The Board.
Next up, the current day crooner extraordinaire - Michael Bublé brings us It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas.
“You’ve either got or you haven’t got style, and if you’ve got it you stand out a mile.” - Frank Sinatra
Thursday, December 15, 2022
THURSDAY IS A GREAT DAY TO TALK ABOUT AND HEAR SINGING LOUD AND PROUD
For those people who know me up close and personal, you know that I have been singing since I was a wee lad of 6 - I sang KKKKATY in a play at Sealey Elementary First Grade. Then at the age of around twelve, my dad told my brother and I that we were going to form a quartet to include him and my mom. We sang in churches all around my hometown. That's when I really learned to sing. Then, later in high school chorus and church choirs I fell in love with singing in choirs. There's nothing like it.
First up today is a truly great choir -Mount Paran Church Atlanta. Enjoy a listen as they perform what has become a classic in gospel music - NO. 11 on the 2022 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN - The Mount Paran Church Choir Atlanta performs Mary Did You Know.
Wednesday, December 14, 2022
Tuesday, December 13, 2022
THERE IS NO DOUBT - TALENTED FEMALES CAN STIR YOUR HEART AND YOUR SOUL
In the world of contemporary music, genuinely great singers are rare. Today we will celebrate some of the best singers performing today. Faith Hill combines grace, elegance and one of the most powerful soprano voices ever to be recorded. One of the most successful country artists performing today, she has won five Grammys and sold over 40 million records.
Maria Carey was named the all-time top female artist of all time by Billboard. I'm sure there are people who would argue, but, IMHO she has never recorded an album as outstanding as her first entitled simply Mariah Carey at the age of twenty-one.
And the last tune today features three of the best - Kelly Clarkson, winner of the first American Idol, has become a major star with a voice second to none. Trisha Yearwood is another diva that always brings down the house when she sings. And, of course, the one and only Reba McEntire is one of the true greats of country music.
In honor of truly amazing female power singers - NO. 13 on The 2022 Christmas Countdown - Faith Hill performs Where Are You Christmas?
Monday, December 12, 2022
EVERYBODY NEEDS A BIT OF A JOLT ON ANY MONDAY - BUT ON MONDAYS DURING THE BUSIEST MONTH OF THE YEAR - WE ALL NEED A SERIOUS JUMP
I hope today's tunes energize you and yours to press on through the storm of the "Happy Holidays". I've found some new tunes from one of the most American musical styles ever - Big Band Jazz. OK - Call me weird - Growing up in the early fifties and sixties my parents always had me listening to the Dorseys, Sinatra, Bing Crosby, The Andrews Sisters, and Big Bands.
I was given my very own White Christmas album recorded by the great crooner Bing Crosby when I was a kid. I went to sleep every night during December listening to that album. I still have it today. And, it must be said - That genre of music is alive and well today, brought to us by current day singers and bands.
Sunday, December 11, 2022
THE REASON FOR THE SEASON - NO. 15 ON THE 2022 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN - CELEBRATING THE BIRTH OF THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD
ON THE SECOND SUNDAY OF DECEMBER, WE MUST REMEMBER WHY WE ARE CELEBRATING.
Saturday, December 10, 2022
TODAY YOU CAN HEAR SOME TUNES FORM ARTISTS THAT ARE NEW TO THE CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN, EVEN THOUGH THEY HAVE BEEN AROUND AWHILE
Friday, December 9, 2022
IT'S THE WEEKEND - NO. 17 ON THE 2022 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN WILL GET YOU IN THE MOOD FOR THE BIG DAY RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER
And enjoy this tune and video that highlights Isaak's cool sense of humor. A great tune on Christmas for all the boys and girls - Gotta Be Good!
Thursday, December 8, 2022
THE ANDREWS SISTERS - 1941 AND NOW OVER 80 YEARS LATER - THE AMERICAN SIRENS - THE JUMP BLUES ARE STILL SWINGIN'