Friday, December 6, 2013

An Early Start.

I worked from 7am-5:30pm without much of a break. BLAH! Since I was out sick the other day I had to double time everything today and get a whole lot done in a short amount of time. It sucked, but I was able to get most of what I wanted accomplished, although currently I am quite exhausted and don't really want to work tomorrow, not to mention the cold weather is making it fairly intolerable to move about whatsoever. I really do miss San Diego. The day would have gone almost perfectly if I hadn't forgotten my wallet and then had to go all the way back to my apartment to get it; that cost me about an hour, which vexed me so. 19 days until Christmas, and I haven't done any shopping, mailed any cards or done any decorating. I guess I really am turning into Scrooge. Today's song is perhaps a Christmas song that you may not have heard of; Patapan. I selected a version sung by Julie Andrews, who has an astounding voice, and she does an amazing job with Christmas songs. Information below pertains to the song, which is brought to the world by

"Patapan" (or "Pat-a-pan") is a French Christmas carol in Burgundian dialect, later adapted into English. It was written by Bernard de La Monnoye (1641–1728) and first published in Noël bourguignons in 1720. Its original title is "Guillô, Pran Ton Tamborin" ("Willie, Bring Your Little Drum" or "Willie, Take Your Little Drum").
The carol revolves around the birth of Jesus Christ, and is told from the perspective of shepherds playing simple instruments—flutes and drums—the onomatopoetic sound of which gives the song its name; "patapan" is meant to mimic the sound of the drum, and an accompanying lyric, "tu-re-lu-re-lu," the flute. This is similar conceptually to the carol "The Little Drummer Boy", with its chorus of "pa-rum-pa-pum-pum."
Mannheim Steamroller recorded a version of the song on their 1995 album Christmas in the Aire. (The accompanying video plays during the group's live shows when the song is performed.) American singer-songwriter David Archuleta recorded a contemporary version of "Pat-a-Pan" on his 2009 album Christmas from the Heart.
American Composer John Gerrish wrote Variations on a Burgundian Carol for 3 Recorders published by Associated Music Publishers in 1957, based on the Patapan theme. It was played by his three children at the composer's 100th birthday party. Pagan folk musician Damh The Bard recorded his version on the 2009 album, 'Tales Of The Crow Man', substituting Christian references in the lyrics with pagan ones to make it a celebration of the Winter Solstice.

Julie Andrews singing "Patapan"

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer (looks good, but not at the same time)

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