And some family fun:
Well. Technically, the Happy Easter greetings were not so much belated as I am posting these belatedly.*
And then there is this service at Lake Pointe Church. (Jason’s solo is at about 10:30.)
*Because it was also Passover and I was offline, okay?
Thanks for tracking this all down, Jasonized!
(Barely, but hey, it counts…)
Happy birthday, Jason! Have some music-related cake:
For actual music…
We at Copia wish you a music- and joy-filled year!
Jason was posting from SXSW for a little minute–and now he’s done. BUT! You can see it here:
Or here. Check it out!
Thanks for the video and the anniversary wishes, Winnie!
We’re a bit short on snow in my part of the world right now, which is not unusual–it’s still on the early side for the white stuff. Of course, the following song‘s rarely-performed opening verse begins “The sun is shining, the grass is green.”
“White Christmas” by Irving Berlin, sung by The Three Tenors:
Video posted by congodfather. (I think the best bit is when the children’s choir joins in.)
Or, if you prefer, a 2008 cover by Jason:
Video posted by dare2dreamJC
The song was written for the Bing Crosby/Fred Astaire vehicle Holiday Inn and became an instant classic. Crosby’s version of “White Christmas” is the best selling record of all time, the single selling at least 50 million copies; when all the various covers are taken into account, the song is estimated to have sold over 150 million copies. This despite–or perhaps because of?–the fact that it’s not so much about Christmas itself as an ideal or dream of what a Christmas should be.
[NOTE: Since the Crosby’s single was released before singles charts were a thing, I’m going by the conclusions of the researchers at the Guiness Book of World Records.]
“I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” by Walter Kent, Kim Gannon, and Buck Ram, sung by Lady Antebellum:
Video by Lady Antebellum
And an acoustic cover of “I’ll by Home for Christmas,” sung by Jason and Michael Castro:
Video by Jason Castro (Okay, yes, the stache is unfortunate.)
The song, wistful and haunting, first recorded in 1943, was an instant hit, resonating strongly with soldiers at the front during WWII as well as with their families. It still speaks to those who can’t be with their loved ones during the holidays (or indeed at any time).