Well, 'tis the season. Once again, the year has rolled around to our annual Holiday Music Fest. I try to come up with "lesser knowns" -- either lesser-known (but wonderful) holiday songs or lesser-known (but wonderful) versions of well-known songs. Many of the pieces are perennials from the past, but I've hopefully come up with a few new things for this year.
Like this one, of "The Little Drummer Boy."
A couple weeks ago, when getting disgruntled by a spate of Trump White House news stories pilling on top of one another, I decided to check out YouTube to see if I could find any video clips from The West Wing. And boy howdy, were they wonderful. One after another. I watched clip after clip for probably 40 minutes -- and only stopped because I knew I could stay there for another hour or so. And one that I tracked down was this, from one of the show's usually-terrific Christmas episodes, in fact from the first season, "In Excelsis Deo."
It comes from the end of the episode and from the dialogue I think it will be self-explanatory. But to give a brief recap for perspective, The presidential speechwriter Toby had pulled some strings by very-inappropriately using the president's name to get a homeless Korean War veteran a military burial.
This is a gem, beautifully-crafted with meticulous attention to detail and thought. And will really make you miss the show on top of everything else...
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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