Well you knew I wouldn’t let Christmas go by without a quiz or two about it. We love us some Christmas around here. One of the things that we love most is the songs, both of the religious and the secular variety. Today I will focus on songs of the season and next week on some of the lore and tradition.
So let’s try to stay together now!
1) In the 1940s and 1950s many Christmas songs were introduced in a movie or play. What movie gave us “Silver Bells” and who performed it?
2) If there is one sentiment I can agree with, it is that “We Need a Little Christmas.” Where did this song come from and who first sang it?
3) More a song for winter than just for Christmas, Johnny Mathis scored big with this song that speaks of moving about in winter landscape.
4) In the late 70s David Bowie and Bing Crosby combined for a memorable counterpoint duet. What was the name of the song that Bowie sang as his part of that counterpoint?
5) Crosby. Christmas. Of course we need a question about the song “White Christmas.” What movie was “White Christmas” first performed in?
6) Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. was actually the voice behind a group that hit it big in 1958 with “Christmas, Don’t Be Late.” What is that group?
7) First recorded in 1954, this was Perry Como’s signature Christmas song.
8) This music for this Christmas carol is also the music for a traditional English folk song with a different name. What are these songs?
9) Tchaikowsky’s “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” was rumored to have been written specifically for what instrument invented by Benjamin Franklin?
10) This carol tells of a nobleman and his page coming to the aid of a commoner on a bitter winter’s night in late December. What is it?
I am getting my pipes oiled to be ready. My voice sucks so bad that I never made it out of the “listener” group throughout my school career. So I figure I get to sing louder and more often than anybody else to make up for my silent years. Not knowing the words has not held me back at all!
Oh boy, I think I will start with these songs:
1) “The Lemon Drop Kid” with Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell was the venue for “Silver Bells”
2) Angela Lansbury in the title role of the Broadway play “Auntie Mame” introduced this song.
3) “Winter Wonderland”
4) “Peace On Earth.” That song was written shortly before it was recorded.
5) “Holiday Inn” (why does every on say “White Christmas”?)
6) The song is usually called the Chipmunk song and Bagdasarian is the voice of the chipmunks. You may recognize him under the name David Seville.
7) “There’s No Place Like Home For The Holidays”
8) “What Child Is This?” is the carol. “Greensleeves” is the English folk song.
9) The glass armonica. The armonica was for a time forbidden due to it’s haunting sound. You can hear “Sugar Plum Fairy” on the armonica here:
10) “The Good King Wenceslaus” – the feast of St. Stephen is celebrated Dec. 26th.
Have a fun holiday whatever you celebrate. For us it is solstice and the return of the sun.