I was hoping to shock you with my twelfth day, with twelve drummers drumming. It suggests sort of a strange story and joke I heard recently. It involves the little drummer boy, playing his drum for infant Jesus in the manger where Mary and Joseph proudly rest. So, the punch line goes something like this: Do you think Mary, after giving birth in a manger to baby Jesus really wants to hear a drum solo?
So, let’s skip the drums for now. But in the music realm, I would like to suggest a favorite pastime of mine. I love to watch You Tube music videos, particularly during my downtime at work (which is not often, the work, not the downtime).
The nice part about You Tube music is the steady stream of suggested music, after I select the first one. Let’s say I choose a classical piece, like Handel’s Water Music. Similar music is loaded, and it allows me to pick and choose, or just let it run. The options run to other scores by well-known orchestras, other interpretations, and other compositions from the same composer. The options are almost limitless. And the videos are sometimes rather interesting as well.
Another favorite You Tube selection are the collaborations of famous musicians. It might start with Springsteen playing Pretty Woman with Roy Orbison. Or Paul Simon playing The Boxer with Jerry Douglas. Or Billy Joel and Elton John playing Piano Man. You get the idea, two great musicians collaborating on a hit song, with a little twist from its normal rendition. There are thousands of these collaborations on You tube.
I could watch these for hours, and it is FREE!!!!!
I hope you have enjoyed this year’s rather offbeat Twelve Days of Christmas. I continue the “tradition” only because some of you out there look forward to it. Along the way, I discover some new information that helps me. Perhaps some of this will help you.
Merry Christmas, stay safe and healthy. And maybe we will see you in 2022. Happy New Year as well!