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The Little Drummer Boy – Gifts and Smiles

by Lee Gonnella on December 23, 2012

It’s officially Christmastime! Right now the Big Guy is  going through his list for the second and final time.  I’m fairly sure most of my readers are on the “Nice” list, and this makes me proud.  I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorite versions of one of my very favorite Christmas songs.   I actually remember watching Bing and David sing this live on television a very long time ago….

The Little Drummer Boy was originally known as “The Carol of the Drum”, and was written in 1941 by Katherine Kennicott Davis.  Of the over 600 pieces of music she composed, this is the most well known, and it has been recorded over 200 times.   Mrs. Davis attended Wellesley College, and went on to teach music there  When she passed at age 87 after a lifetime in music, left the University her estate.   (Not long after she passed, 4 of my buddies and I would spend a night in my cousin Kenny’s  Wellesley dorm-room, after a Grateful Dead performance at Boston Garden.  Small World, right?)

Zimmy tells the story straight on.  This poor little boy hears about baby Jesus and shows up to see him for himself.  He sees everyone giving gifts, takes a solo, and gets a smile from the newborn baby.  The origins of the tale go way back to a 12th century legend, and involve a juggler.  A simple story, and easy for kids to understand why we give gifts at Christmas.

The music was based on a old Czech carol, written for drum and keyboard.  (My favorite beer is a Czech-style Pilsner…..this is getting eerie!)  Here’s Beck, dropping some “Chanukah science”, with “The Little Drum Machine Boy”.

This Hendrix holiday trilogy used to be quite the rarity.  Only about the first 45 seconds are “The Little Drummer Boy”, but the rest is completely worthwhile.

This holiday season hasn’t been an easy one for many people, and Drive It To The Moon is praying for the children and families of everyone effected by the Newtown tragedy.  God Bless us all and happy holidays to everyone who reads this!

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Wagon Wheel – Anatomy of a Song

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httpv:// In the Bob Dylan song “Billy”, Billy the Kid is on the run for his life.  He’s near the end of his run and he knows it. What torments him though, is that the man doing the chasing is Pat Garrett, his former close friend and confidant.  The song has a number of lessons, […]

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by Lee Gonnella

Sometimes you just want some good radio.  Sometimes you just want to listen to Dylan songs all day.  Not only can you both in these Modern Times, but you have choices!  Did you know there are 2 internet radio stations playing nothing but Bob Dylan? The interesting part of this is that the 2 stations […]

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Drive It To The Moon’s Unknown Salute to Bob Dylan’s Tempest

by Lee Gonnella

  Bob Dylan’s  new album, Tempest,  is officially being released tomorrow,  so  welcome to the Drive It To The Moon tribute to Zimmy,  on the eve of this much anticipated occasion.  It’s said that imitation is the sincerest  form of flattery, and in that vein we’re going to have a look at a few not-so-well […]

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Dylan “Spoof” Song by Tim Heidecker is Pretty Good!

by Lee Gonnella

Bob Dylan’s Titanic by Tim Heidecker from Tim Heidecker on Vimeo. Comic Tim Heidecker, one half of the “Tim & Eric” show of Adult Swim fame, heard Bob Dylan was paying tribute to the Titanic disaster on the Tempest album,  and decided to “spoof” it.  Now I’m not an expert on spoofs, but this actually […]

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The new Dylan album, TEMPEST- hear it free this week on iTunes!

by Lee Gonnella

The new Bob Dylan album, Tempest, comes out next week….but why wait when you can listen to it in its entirety on i-tunes right now? I’ve heard it twice now, and like just about everything else Zimmy does, I love it.  He’s not really breaking any new ground here,  a lot like the last couple studio […]

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