I’ve been itching to do a music post. Music is one of my great loves. Shhh, don’t tell the Big Boss. I have music going almost all the time. And if I don’t, that means I’m either humming a tune or belting out my version of whatever strikes my fancy. Yes, I have been caught mid-warbling several times. *blush* But hey, it helps me get THINGS done. Nothing moves mopping along like a fast medley of 1960’s tunes. Or maybe singing along with Andrea Bocelli! =0) We blend rather nicely, thank you very much!!
Anyway, Christmas music is a weakness for me. If Andrea comes out with a new Christmas album, I’m first in line. No, not now, come to think of it. Ain’t Amazon wonderful?!!! I just click a couple of times, and Andrea is mine, all mine! BTW, you’ve gotta watch his Christmas special. It’s usually on a PBS station. Amazing!!
OK, back to the subject at hand. You ask just what the subject is? Christmas music, remember? Last year I stumbled on several new songs, thank you YouTube!! Here’s the one that is absolutely wonderful although I’m not really sure that it’s officially “Christmas music”. But oh my, the music is gorgeous. And the tenor, Vladimir Albataev, is wonderful!! But it’s sung in Russian. So I’ll translate for you. Ahhh, you didn’t know I spoke fluent Russian? I’m just full of surprises huh? And I lie a lot too. Hellllloooo! That’s what Google is for. Nuff said. Here ya go….
Monotonously a Little Bell Rings
A little bell rings monotonously along the dusty road, and over the expanse of fields resounds the doleful song of the coachman.
There is so much sadness in that sad song, and so much feeling in that native tune, that in my cold bosom my heart bursts into flame.
And I remember other nights, our native fields and woods, and in my dry eyes a tear has appeared like a spark.
A little bell rings monotonously, and echoes softly in the distance. My coachman has become silent, but the road before me is without end.
(Translation by John Paul Lediaev)
And just for good measure, I offer Mr. Bocelli singing Caro Gesu Bambino, a traditional Italian Christmas song.