The other dancer is Gwendolyn… And Peaseblossom’s bound to find something wrong with her performance any minute now.
Anytime you can sneak Miles Davis into a playlist is a win for me so here he is this year’s Christmas Playlist with Blue Xmas (To Whom it May Concern) along with Bob Dorough! It’s nearly as cynical as Tom Lehrer’s contribution yesterday… Again. A win.
For today’s Christmas Music we have one of my all time favorites, Tom Lehrer. Regrettably I couldn’t find a live performance of this (if anyone in one is interested, Hong Kong Tenor David Quah, does a pretty good version of this but I’m afraid he comes off as way too nice.)
I don’t really have much of a plan for this year’s playlist other than keep things eccentric or at least interesting.
I’ve always been a fan of Will Vinton‘s work even at his most commercial. But obviously his side projects are a lot more fun. It’s funny watching this one now it doesn’t feel quite as irreverent as I had remembered it. Still watching the Three Wise Men trying to keep things serious while being interrupted by their doo-wop-singing camels are still fun… and it was either this or Quasimodo conducting Carol of the Bells.
On the suggestion of a friend I started experimenting with doing the ongoing theme of forgotten Oscar nominees whenever I didn’t have any better ideas,
I was beginning to start working on a Christmas playlist to start later this week and I started by starting to look for Duke Ellington’s version of the Nutcracker Suite when out of habit I searched for a Rhapsody instead and found his arrangement of Rhapsody in Blue.
Now I try not to repeat most of the better known Rhapsodies too much (you know who; Gershwin, Liszt, Brahms and Queen) the whole point of these posts are to discover new material. But to listen to two of the greatest American composers combined… well… please forgive me my moment of weakness.
From left to right they are
1. Kumkwaml – Underssea chief
2. Nulamala – Fool Dancer
3 Nuxalk – Human bird face
4 Nuxalt – Human face
My apologies when I was transcribing this I realized I didn’t know if the Salish words are the names of the masks or the names of the tribe that made it (though I’m mostly sure on 3 and 4)