In 2009 my dad challenged my brother (Steven) and I to write a Christmas song about elephants. Our Grandma (Audrey) and our mom (Mary) loved elephants so much. So we locked ourselves in a room and an hour later came out with this number. This song became the inspiration for our mother’s line of children’s books in the Audrey the Elephant series now available on Amazon. Just click the link or search for “Mary Clanton”. Enjoy! Audrey the Elephant 2017 Edition.
For quite a few years I’ve had the idea of mixing these 2 songs. So I figured no better time than the present to make it happen. “The Little Drummer Boy” (originally known as “Carol of the Drum”) is a popular Christmas song written by the American classical music composer and teacher Katherine Kennicott Davis in 1941. First recorded in 1951 by the Trapp Family Singers, the song was further popularized by a 1958 recording by the Harry Simeone Chorale; the Simeone version was re-released successfully for several years and the song has been recorded many times since.
Song #21 is the classic hymn O Holy Night. I call it a hymn, though many hymnals do not include this song. It was created to celebrate the renovation of the church organ in the town of Roquemaure, France. Placide Cappeau, a French wine merchant and poet, wrote a poem in 1843. He called it Minuit, chrétiens (“Midnight, Christians”). The poem reflects the birth of Jesus and tells about the redemption of mankind. The music was made by Adolphe Adam around 1847.
Here is a song that a friend of mine said, “Hey this song would be perfect for your voice.” So I took him up on that. I hope you enjoy this song written by Alan Jackson and Keith Whitley. It was recently released by Chris Young with Alan Jackson. I hope you like my version of “There’s a new kid in town”
On this recording I was joined by my friend the very talented Zaylee Vander Vorst. This is our take on a long time Christmas classic. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel is a Christian hymn for Advent and Christmas. It is a translation of a Latin hymn, Veni, Veni, Emmanuel, itself a metrical paraphrase of the O Antiphons, a series of plainchant antiphons attached to the Magnificat at Vespers over the final days before Christmas.
A traditional favorite. “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing” as featured in the Charlie Brown Christmas special is a staple of the season. Of course it’s roots date long before the cartoon, but the cartoon has served to bring attention to the song and with it the meaning behind it. “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” is a Christmas carol that first appeared in 1739 in the collection Hymns and Sacred Poems.
My new song “Never Thought of Christmas So Blue” was inspired by this song. “Blue Christmas” is a Christmas song written by Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson and most famously performed by Elvis Presley. It is a tale of unrequited love during the holidays and is a longstanding staple of Christmas music, especially in the country genre. I hope you enjoy my version of it.
“The Christmas Song” (commonly subtitled “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” or, as it was originally subtitled, “Merry Christmas to You”) is a classic Christmas song written in 1945 by Bob Wells and Mel Tormé. According to Tormé, the song was written during a blistering hot summer. I hope you like my version.
A classic made popular in the movie Meet Me In St. Louis, which featured Judy Garland singing this song. I wanted to badly so take a crack at this song. From Judy’s version to Frank Sinatra to even James Taylor’s version, this song has stood the test of time. I hope you enjoy my take on it.