Saturday, December 11, 2010
Christmas 2010, Part 12--More holiday shellac
Fresh 78 rips from my collection--mostly repeats, but sounding better than ever. Or less worse than ever. The "new" selections are the Marek Weber Trio's Song of Christmas (actually, O Holy Night) and Silent Night. I'm guessing about 1915 for the recording year--unfortunately, my 78 discography has no dates for American Odeon discs in this series (3000's). And you thought life sucked where you are.
Christians, Awake! was a holiday standard way back when--I'll have to dig out my copy to use for the church prelude. Also famous was Day of the Lord, by Conradin Kreutzer (1780-1849). My ears identified it as one of those artsy, anthem-style sacred songs from the early 1900s, but I was a good 50 or 60 years off. Oops.
Anymore, the hipper blogs are ignoring Christmas almost completely--not even the usual sarcastic mentions, or worst-holiday-song-of-all-time polls, etc. Maybe I'm not looking closely enough. But it really appears as if Christmas barely rates hate these days. The silence is kind of sinister, really. In the blogospheres, you have people like Ernie and me and many of the usual suspects celebrating the heck out of the holiday, and, meanwhile, barely a peep from those who are just so bored and offended by it all. It's almost like a necessary counterpoint has been removed.
To the 78s: More Holiday Shellac
SONG OF CHRISTMAS--Marek Weber Trio (U.S. Odeon 3024)
SILENT NIGHT, HOLY NIGHT--Marek Weber Trio (U.S. Odeon 3024)
CHRISTMAS SYMPHONY (F.X. Chroatal)--Prince's Orch., 1912.
CHRISTMAS CAROLS--Noel, God Rest Ye..., Christians, Awake!--Collegiate Choir, 1924.
DAY OF THE LORD (A CAROL SCENE) (Kreutzer)--Criterion Quartette, 1924.
MEMORIES OF CHRISTMAS--Prince's O. w. Contralto Solo and Male Quartette, 1918.
KIDDIES' PATROL--KIDDIES' DANCE--Brunswick Concert Band, 1920.
THE CHRISTMAS TREE MAN--Bessie Calkins Shipman, 1920.