Artist: Johnny Cash
LP: The Christmas Spirit
Once again, I didn't have time to post nearly as many musical Christmas ditties here as I'd hoped to have done before the holiday arrived. Oh well. I've managed to get all my presents wrapped, the lefse is thawing out and I've stuck it in the bag with my three kinds of cheese, four kinds of crackers, and a really, really long baguette. I'm ready to head to the Island.
I leave you with this pair of tunes from Johnny Cash's first Christmas LP, released in 1963—"Ringing the Bells For Jim" (it was after this incident that they finally put a goddam lock on the bell-tower door) and "The Little Drummer Boy" (a decidedly different version than the one by Alexander O'Neal). Cash is way too dignified to get involved in the "puh-rum-pum-pum-pum" business, leaving that to the ladies, since they actually like that sort of thing.
Merry Christmas! I hope you have joy.
[ Johnny Cash: February 26, 1932 — September 12, 2003 ]