All posts by Jo Bryant

I was born in the land of Banjo Paterson, gum trees, and weather extremes. I am a freelance writer. I live in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, but still like to claim my Australian heritage. I graduated with a Bachelor of Communications in 2008. I am writing my first novel. I love to write poetry, short stories, and also write for the web. And there is nothing that is on a par with a sunny summer's day spent at Waihi Beach.

Little Drummer Boy #13 & #14

Love hearing this in another language. It does not lose its charm one bit. And their voices are like honey.

Just one more…seeing as Christmas is nearly here…this time in Woodland Cree…enjoy.

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Did a little HAPPY dance today.

So this is not a Little Drummer Boy post, because I have something else to share with you.

I have become involved with our local A & P Show. Helping to run the photography competition, and a few other things. I was also involved in helping with the signs to advertise it.

Today when coming home from Tauranga I saw the sign. My images up on a billboard for everyone to see.

I did a U turn and went back to take a photo…but not before I did a little HAPPY dance. Feeling ridiculously proud right now.

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Every photo is one of mine.

Every one.

Just about bursting with happiness.

So of course I interrupted my scheduled posts to share this news with you.

Little Drummer Boy #11 & #12

I apologise ahead of time for this one…but it has to be seen [& heard] to be believed.

To make up for THAT…here is a lovely version.

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Little Drummer Boy #10

Gregorian & Amelia Brightman – Peace on earth (little drummer boy).

This really is a beautiful version. I know…it is not only Little Drummer Boy, but the combination is just joyful. Enjoy !!!

 

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Little Drummer Boy #9

There was no way I could not include a Chipmunk version of this song…just no way.

I will forever be an ALVIN fan.

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Little Drummer Boy #8

Twentieth-Century Fox Records label contracted Harry Simeone asking that he make a Christmas album in 1958. Simeone assembled a group he called “The Harry Simeone Chorale” and began his search for material. Simeone was introduced to an obscure song by friend and credited song co-author Henry Onorati, titled “Carol of the Drum”. Simeone changed the title to “The Little Drummer Boy”. He recorded the song for his album Sing We Now of Christmas. The single “The Little Drummer Boy” quickly became extremely popular and rose to number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

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Little Drummer Boy #7

Sorry it took so long to post a new version…but life has a way of getting in the middle and throwing all good intentions out the window.

I love this version…hope you do too.

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Little Drummer Boy #6

How about a little rastafarian version ???

Yes there is one…and here it is.

Interesting isn’t it !!!

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Little Drummer Boy #5

And now for a version from New Zealand’s own Hayley Westenra…enjoy !!!!

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Little Drummer Boy #4

After my last slightly humorous post I thought it was time to get a bit more serious.

How many of you knew that ‘Little Drummer Boy’ was originally titled the ‘Carol of the Drum’ ?

The first official recording of this song was by the Trapp Family Singers. Yes indeedy…that Trapp family that Julie Andrews made famous in Sound of Music.

So here is their version.

You might notice that instead of “the ox and lamb kept time” the Trapp Family Singers sing “the ox and ass kept time” which was as it was originally written by Katherine Davis in 1941. There is a very interesting story about some plagiarism of this song, which I will tell you during this month of the Little Drummer Boy, once I check out that it is true.

Hope you enjoy.

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