The Holiday Music Fest
Continuing our festival of wonderful songs about the holidays, but that are lesser know, this is as much a gem as they get. It's not also not a song per se, though there are songs in it. It's the legendary comedy record by Stan Freberg, which he made in 1958, "Green Chi$tma$.
Freberg had made a successful career in advertising, and did for many years after this, as well. But because of that, he knew the inside of the profession, and made a biting satire on it all for the impact of advertising at Christmas. The recording was very controversial at the time, odd given the point of it all. Though it's understandable why radio stations might not want to offend their sponsors.
Stan Freberg had no such compunction.
12/10/2015 01:29:13 am
Speaking of Christmas, did you ever see the Julie Andrews special The Sound of Christmas? In particular, the bit with "Mozart" might be of interest to you, since it combines well-known tunes with classical music. I don't think you get a point for guessing the composer, though. :)
12/10/2015 07:54:50 am
Lisa, thanks much for that. I don't recall if I ever saw it -- it seems not, though it's been so long, who knows? And yes, it fits well with the Fest. (A shame to lose all those points for guessing the composer, however...) It was interesting, too, to see the King's Singers in the sketch (rather than the "King Singers," as it's described, not to confuse them with the King Family Singer.) I've heard the King's Singers for decades, a wonderful a capella group who make the sounds of musical instruments with their voices, but don't think I've ever seen them perform on TV -- in a sketch, no less. So they fit in perfectly here.
12/10/2015 10:04:04 pm
You'll definitely want to watch the whole special, then! It should be on Youtube. In another bit, the King's Singers get Julie Andrews drunk as they sing the Austrian 12 Days of Christmas. :D Plus, Placido Domingo rehearsing in the church the Sound of Music wedding was held in is truly beautiful.
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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