Posted by: gdevi | December 22, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and wonderful new year to y’all!

Ella Fitzgerald, The First Noel . I find Ella’s rendering of this song very spiritual and true.

Ella Fitzgerald, Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Same thing; joyful and happy in a way we can’t sing these days.

Ella Fitzgerald, What are You Doing New Year’s Eve?  I have heard this song sung by many folks, but I always come back to Ella’s version as my favorite. It really represents a reserved but true desire to be with this person that she is singing to. What am I doing this new year’s eve? Listening to Ella, of course, and reading a nineteenth century novel!

Ella Fitzgerald, White Christmas –  Best version of the song, I think.

Louis Armstrong, Christmas in New Orleans. Reminds me of Kerala!

Duke Ellington, Jingle Bells. I absolutely love Duke Ellington. Goes straight to your heart.

All good songs, aren’t they? I absolutely love the Ella Fitzgerald album, Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas.  You should listen to it if you haven’t. What a beautiful, beautiful voice, perfect vocal control and wholesome. What a blessed singer!

It is good not to work, it is good to have this time off. I saw some horrible movies–don’t even remember the names now — one very good movie — Beasts of the Southern Wild — very hard movie to watch, but very very beautiful — I will write about it later. My daughter and I made cookies today — all kinds — oatmeal, chocolate chip, white chocolate and macademia nuts, chocolate chip walnuts, peanut butter with reese’s pieces in them (for me).  Now I am watching Paul McCartney make a fool of himself with Martin Short on Saturday Night Live. Ha! Merry Christmas, everyone!


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