Even as I look at this picture, I can hear the Mormon Tabernacle Choir singing “We Three Kings”. It’s amazing how strong musical memories can be, and how early one can be influenced by what one hears as a child.
My family owned an LP (this was pre-CD days, children, and long before iPods and digital downloads) which had a wonderful selection of Christmas carols. “We Three Kings” was one of the carols on it. We were banned from listening to “The Twelve Days of Christmas” because Mum couldn’t stand that song – nor, for the matter, can I nowadays since it seems neverending and rather pointless. We also didn’t listen to “What Child is This” because my parents couldn’t stand the male singer’s voice. It’s going to drive me nuts, wondering who that singer was.
One of my favourites from that album was “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson. Here’s the Boston Pops’ version.