John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

Winter Wonderland

Back in the 1960s and '70s, it was fairly common for department stores and tire manufacturers to issue Christmas record albums every year. I remember my mom owned several of these Christmas compilations, and I remember one in particular that was issued by JC Penney: The Brightest Stars of Christmas. Actually, it's the album per se I remember -- indeed, I wouldn't have been able to tell you the title had I not Googled "JC Penney Christmas album before composing this entry -- but rather one particular song that was on that album: an instrumental version of "Winter Wonderland" by Danny Davis and the Nashville Brass. I loved that song. A few years ago, when I shared Christmas music via this journal every day during Advent, I looked for that recording of "Winter Wonderland" and was quite disappointed when I couldn't find it.

Yesterday, I was making a Christmas mix CD, and it occurred to me to look for it again. And this time, I found it! Danny Davis himself uploaded it to YouTube around this time last year. I listened to it with a big, stupid grin on my face, and it was just as great as I remembered.

Truly, we live in an age of miracles.
Tags: halcyon days of yore, holidays: christmas, music

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