Posted on 03/31/2013 10:09
Most of you probably think of "Candadian Sunset" as a winter song, because the lyrics are about skiing up in the mountains.
But for me it evokes summer for some reason.
Perhaps because I seem to recall hearing Hugowinterhalter's single being played on the jukebox on the ferry on my way to summer camp. I'm sure it was the summer of 1956 because when I got home my mom had a surprise for me: a 78 rpm single of "Hound Dog."
So, is it possible that "Canadian Sunset" was already out on a single in the summer of '56?
I tried Googling it and all I could find is that it was in the Top 40 in November of that year. But I went to summer camp the first week in August.
So is my aging memory playing tricks on me again?
Posted on 03/31/2013 09:34
Thanks, Chip, for that good advice.
I did, in fact, buy the CD from an Amazon.com private vendor (because it's out-of-print, so Amazon.com doesn't sell new copies).
But it didn't even cross my mind to check the track list before clicking the "Buy with one click" button.
Live and learn, eh?
Posted on 03/31/2013 09:30
That's a perfect candidate for my summer playlist!
Posted on 03/30/2013 14:06
I'm making up my summer MP3 playlist for listening to while having breakfast or lunch on my deck in the sun, now that winter seems to finally be over out here in Seattle.
I'm aiming for dreamy easy-listening tunes with summer themes or a summer mood.
Examples: Percy Faith's "Theme From a Summer Place," Acker Bilk's "Stranger on the Shore," 101 Strings "Summertime" and "Moonglow/Theme from Picnic."
They don't necessarily have to be instrumentals. For example, I've got Jimmie Rodger's "The Long Hot Summer" on my list too.
I'd be grateful for your suggestions,
Posted on 03/30/2013 09:34
I liked that Tingstad & Rumbel CD ("The Gift") that I found at the library a couple of years ago, so much that I took
SinterKlaus's suggestion and bought a used copy from Amazon.com which I've been playing every morning since last November.
But this morning, as I was putting away my Christmas music, I discovered that my CD is missing my two favorite songs from that album from the library: "The Drummer Boy" (track 5) and "Jingle Bells" (track 14).
I'd been wondering why my CD just didn't match my recollection of it from when I had it out from the library back in 2011. I just looked it up on the library web page and found the discrepency between the track lists between my CD and the one from the library.
My CD has only 13 tracks instead of the 15 tracks on the album from the library.
I'd like to try to find a copy of the CD that has those two missing tracks. I suppose the first step would be to check-out that CD from the library again and compare the bar codes. So I just ordered it from the library.
Any other ideas on how to make sure I get the real McCoy the second time around?
P.S. If any of you noticed my absence from the forum this past Christmas, I was just so sick this last year that 2012 turn out to be my "Year Without A Christmas." I'm doing much better now, so I just postponed my Christmas celebration and had my own private Christmas a couple of months later than the rest of you ;o) But I did miss your company last year and hope I'll be able to join you this coming Christmas.
Posted on 10/13/2012 11:35
OK, since it looks like there's no fall-back web site where we could hang out and keep each other company in the event of The Yule Log going dark again; would any of you be willing to exchange email addresses with me?
Sort of like being stuck in an elevator in a skyscraper during a blackout; we'd at least have someone to make conversation with while waiting for the lights to come back on.
P.S. One nice thing that came from Chip taking the Message Board down for a couple of days was that he cited the bug in the "Today" feature. Up to then, I hadn't known about that feature, and instead had been wending my way through the various forums like a rat in a maze each time I logged in. Now I use it every day! Thanks for that heads up, Chip!
Posted on 10/12/2012 10:35
Thanks, Susan, for those links.
Yes, Christmas music collecting is my main interest. Followed closely by Christmas movies and TV shows.
So, of course, The Yule Log is the best site on the web for that.
But, if The Yule Log were to go dark again, is there a single web site you could recommend where we Yule Loggers could check in to keep each other company until the lights come back on again at The Yule Log? Do you ever run into other Yule Loggers when you're web surfing those other sites you mentioned?
Posted on 10/11/2012 20:15
Thanks, JustaJeepGuy, for getting that album posted again over at FaLaLaLaLa!
That arrangement of Pat-A-Pan is terrific!
I can appreciate why Wade was so fond of that recording and yearned to hear it again. It's definitely going onto my MP3 playlist for this Christmas.
I also like "Masters in This Hall."
So thanks again, for getting this posted.
BTW, do you know why FaLaLaLaLa isn't accepting new members? It looks like a great site.
Posted on 10/11/2012 15:18
I really missed being able to check in with you folks the last few days.
And I got to thinking about how the disaster preparedness guides urge people to set up an emergency out-of-area contact, where family members and friends can check in.
After a couple of days of not being able to get in the The Yule Log I posted a message on All Things Christmas, and this morning got a message from one of their contributors letting me know that The Yule Log was back in business.
The value of The Yule Log for me is not in the software, but rather the nice group of people who check in here regularly, whom I've come to regard as online friends.
So, I'm wondering, is there another Christmas themed web site that many or most of you also visit, that I could add to my bookmarks, so that we could keep in touch in the event of The Yule Log being unavailable to us?
Also, maybe some of us could trade email addresses, so we could let each other know when The Yule Log comes back online after being closed for a while.
Posted on 10/01/2012 11:20
Has anyone been able to get any of those links to work?
I'm eager to hear this lost treasure.
If someone figures out how to get it to stream from the web, I'd be grateful to you if you could post the URL and playing instructions. My hardware and software is all ancient (like me), so I have a hard time getting online music to play.
Posted on 10/01/2012 08:14
Great connection, Jim!
I'm going to try splicing that White Christmas intro onto the beginning of California Dreaming to see how it sounds.
I wonder whose rendition would work best for that....
Posted on 09/28/2012 09:24
I've got a couple for you:California Dreaming
by the Mama's and Papas:All the leaves are brown
and the sky is grey
I've been for a walk
on a winter's day
I'd be safe and warm
if I was in L.A
on such a winter's dayA Hazy Shade of Winter
by Simon and GarfunkelI look around, leaves are brown now
And the sky is a hazy shade of winter
Look around, leaves are brown
There's a patch of snow on the ground...
Posted on 09/26/2012 11:27
Many of the contributors here on The Yule Log are skilled detectives when it comes to tracking down obscure recordings of Christmas music. And as the holiday season approaches, more and more of them will be checking in here more often.
I'd say that Chip is by far the most knowledgeable of the bunch; the breadth and depth of his knowledge of recorded Christmas music is mind-boggling. So if you can get him onto the trail of your lost recording, your chances of finding this record are greatly increased.
In the meantime, can your remember anything else about the record?
For example, what the jacket looked like and what color was the label? What other songs were on that album, and if so, can you remember who performed them? Was Patapan sung in French or in English?
You said "album" so I'm assuming it was an LP; right?
Can you recall the earliest year that you remember hearing that recording?
Posted on 09/06/2012 13:55
I've got three classical pieces that I've added to my xmas playlist for this year; Mahler, Bizet and Mckay. None of them is "Christmas" music, but they sure put me in the Christmas mood.
I'll post the details when I have a few minutes to spare and can dig out the CDs.
Posted on 09/06/2012 12:05
Yeah, Wikipedia certainly is a mixed bag, isn't it?
But then, the price is right.
I guess, you get what you pay for, right?
Posted on 09/05/2012 18:53
Just today I was thinking to myself that I really need to order the Vance 32
CD before it goes out of print.
Back in the mid-seventies I received an LP of "Vance 32" as a birthday gift on my thirty second birthday. One of the songs, "Looking For An Echo," was so beautiful I broke down and sobbed when they played the LP for me at the party.
I moved to Hollywood in the fall of 1977 and saw a movie there called "American Hot Wax" that featured Kenny Vance and the Planotones in the cast:
Here's their Wikipedia article:
Here's a link to their web site:Kenny Vance and The Planotones
I've never heard their Doo Wop Christmas, but I'm going to start Googling as soon as I post this
Posted on 08/14/2012 13:22
That's great news!
Only three months left to wait!
Posted on 08/13/2012 16:03
Any word yet on when we will be able to get our hands on this long lost treasure?
Posted on 06/04/2012 13:31
Any word on a release date yet?
(Any chance for a "Christmas in July"?)
Will this be a stamped CD or a CD-R?
Posted on 05/23/2012 07:54
Great idea! Take me along with you when you make that raid.
And, by the way, who will play you in the movie version?