Little Drummer Boy by losplus published on 2011/12/22 18:52:13 +0000 This song has always fascinated me, back from when I was a kid. And I have always related to it, being that drums have always been my passion. I recorded it around 1998 on a Yamaha 4-track cassette deck and played all of the instruments and did all of the vocals with a little accompaniment by my daughter, who was 9 years old at the time. I wanted to try and create an atmosphere of a time long ago, in keeping with the story that the song tells, using acoustic guitar, percussion and kalimba (African thumb piano), at the same time incorporating modern instrumentation and melodic variations that have come along in more recent times. Some may recognize the melody played by the horns in the middle of the song from the version sung as a duet by Bing Crosby and David Bowie several years ago ("peace and love, can it be?") Whether or not you believe that the scenario proposed by the song actually happened, I don't think anyone can deny the beauty of the sentiment, and it always pulls me back to the simple meaning of this holiday that so many celebrate. I personally, have totally rejected what "Christmas" has become, as far as what we're being force-fed through our modern media. I refuse to buy into the commercial focus that drives what started out as a reverent holy-day. Not that I mean to diminish anyone's joy of gift-giving or getting, and I also know that businesses need the infusion of dollars in this crippled economy, but things seem to have definitely crossed a line. What was once wood and stone has turned into plastic and styrofoam. I just prefer to concentrate on "the reason for the season", and I know that many may argue that - but hey, that's just me. Okay, I'm gonna go hug a tree now. Peace... and Merry Christmas!