Shall I play for you :: VOTD (The Holiday Edition)

Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy :: Bing Crosby & David Bowie from the album Christmas Classics Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy (sometimes titled The Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth) is a Christmas song with an added counterpoint performed by David Bowie and Bing Crosby. Little Drummer Boy is a Christmas song written in 1941, while the Peace on Earth tune and lyrics, written by Ian Fraser, Larry Grossman, and Alan Kohan, were added to the song specially for Bowie and Crosby’s recording. The track was recorded on September 11, 1977 for Crosby’s then-upcoming television special, Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas. The pair exchanged scripted dialogue about what they each do for their … Continue reading Shall I play for you :: VOTD (The Holiday Edition)

Henry and June :: Monday Movie Moment :: Movies about writers/writing

Henry and June (1990) Anais and Henry speak about writing about June. “It’s a distortion. Henry, Look at me! Look! You can’t see me or anyone as they are! I wanted Dostoyevsky!” ~ June Miller Two of my favorite authors, Henry Miller an Anais Nin, are featured in this film that chronicles a time in both of their lives written about in the once hidden diaries of Anais Nin. Anais had asked for the portions of her diaries talking about her extra-marital relationship with both Henry and June Miller to be hidden away until the death of her husband Hugo. … Continue reading Henry and June :: Monday Movie Moment :: Movies about writers/writing

Then he smiled at me :: Holidays-by-the-day :: Day 11

“Shall I play for you, pa rum pum pum pum, on my drum.” A song that reminds me immediately of my years in parochial school choirs, and also of the holiday special, a favorite of my Grandmother’s, that we would watch together every Christmas season. I find myself thinking of my Grandparents so much this holiday year, and missing them greatly. I think living in such close proximity to where they lived, and having my children getting older, it makes me nostalgic, and full of wishing that they had gotten to know my children, and that my children had gotten … Continue reading Then he smiled at me :: Holidays-by-the-day :: Day 11

To hear sleigh bells in the snow :: Holidays-by-the-day :: Day 9

“May your days be merry and bright, and may all your Christmases be white.” A few years back my oldest daughter and I watched White Christmas for the first time. I am not sure what exactly it was about the film, but it immediately became our favorite holiday movie, and one of those holiday traditions that we now share – watching White Christmas together. Perhaps it was the time in both of our lives when it came into our lives, timing being key sometimes, and us needing connection at a time when so much in our mutual life as a … Continue reading To hear sleigh bells in the snow :: Holidays-by-the-day :: Day 9