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A Swinging Christmas

Did you know that Glenn Miller was a Major in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II? He was instrumental in the formation of the Army Air Corps Band which would become the U.S. Air Force and the USAF Band shortly after the war ended. Today the USAF Band has a reputation for Christmas flash mob performances in Washington, D.C. during the Christmas season. This performance in Union Station took place last year to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in the spirit of Glenn Miller.

BlogCarolingSpecial thanks to footnoteMaven for her annual blog caroling tradition. Hope everyone enjoys a swinging Christmas full of good cheer.

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I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm

BlogCarolingAnother Christmas and once again it’s time to go blog caroling with footnoteMaven and all the Geneabloggers! My choice this year is one of what has become an annual tradition for the Jarod family (no relation). These videos are a delight – even to total strangers like me. Looking at the props and scenery, my guess is it was a family affair from start to finish. I particularly loved the paper birch tree forest. Think of what these productions mean to their grandparents then consider what precious gifts they will be to future generations.

Keep that camera/phone handy and capture your own holiday stories. They don’t have to be professional quality to become treasures.

Deck the Halls!

BlogCarolingDeck the Halls has always been one of my favorite Christmas songs and when I stumbled on Richard Frietas’ arrangement in the Vimeo Music Store, I knew I had my choice for this year’s Blog Caroling tradition. It had the perfect “attitude” to match up with the cards I made for the Tour of Blogs some time back so I cleaned them up a bit and took advantage of iPhoto’s improvements to its slideshow feature to create this year’s edition.

For those of you who don’t remember the blog tour, back in 2008, the geneablogging community decided on a Christmas Tour of Blogs to celebrate the holidays. We were a much smaller community then, but we shared a lot of genealogical goodness. You can see the original tour thanks to the wonders of Diigo. I’m very pleasantly surprised at how well it has stood up to time.

Merry Christmas from Moultrie Creek!

Fly Me to the Moon

I doubt that Fly Me to the Moon is a tune you would associate with Christmas, but there are two things that make it a holiday treat in our family.

BlogCarolingOriginally written and recorded in 1954, it would take on a whole new life ten years later when Frank Sinatra recorded Quincy Jones’ arrangement of the song accompanied by Count Basie. That version of the song was played by the Apollo 10 astronauts as they orbited the moon and Buzz Aldrin played it on the moon during Apollo 11. More recently it was played during the memorial service for Neil Armstrong in September. This last weekend we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the last man to set foot on the moon and Fox News aired an outstanding special aptly titled “Fly Me to the Moon”.

As a child of the space program I grew up just 100 miles north of the Cape. We watched Alan Sheppard launch into space from the school yard and sat mesmerized on the beach with a crowd of friends to watch Apollo 11 lift off. The thrill of watching a launch continued through the Shuttle program and now I’m watching with fascination as the entrepreneurs add new insights on what’s ahead in space exploration. And, through it all, Fly Me to the Moon is the tune associated with all those memories.

So, how did this song get it’s status as a Christmas standard at our house? That happened in 2005 when Frank arrived for Christmas. No, not Frank Sinatra but Frank Moose. Our generation has begun a rather strange tradition of unloading some kind of tacky, animated critter – preferably one that sings – on each other at Christmas. Naturally, there are any number of novelty companies more than happy to help keep this tradition alive. Decorations at our house include Mr. Frog, who’s been around so long his voice has finally given out, and the gorilla with the Santa hat that sings Elvis (no Christmas is complete without Elvis). Frank the Moose is a lounge act that sings – you guessed it – Fly Me to the Moon. At the end of the song, he wishes everyone a Merry Christmas. Frank – and this song – are now a treasured part of our Christmas season.

Here’s an early video of Frank in action. It’s so old I couldn’t open the original iMovie project to try and clean it up a bit. Frank didn’t have top billing in those early days, but this year he’s performing at his favorite location – on top of the bar.

MoosetheCrooner from Moultrie Creek on Vimeo.