Archive for November, 2016

In the Bleak Midwinter

“In the Bleak Midwinter” is a Christmas carol based on a poem by the English poet Christina Rossetti written in 1872 in response to a request from the magazine Scribner’s Monthly for a Christmas poem. It was published posthumously in Rossetti’s Poetic Works in 1904.

The poem became a Christmas carol after it appeared in The English Hymnal in 1906 with a setting by British composer Gustav Holst, who is today most famous for the orchestral suite “The Planets”.

My setting is intended to evoke the style of The Shadows, who in the early 1960’s were the most popular group in the UK.

This is, quite simply, a beautiful song.

November 18, 2016 at 5:52 pm Leave a comment

A Surf Rock Christmas: Jingle Bells

“Jingle Bells” is one of the best-known American songs in the world. It was written by James Lord Pierpont (1822–1893) and published under the title “One Horse Open Sleigh” in the autumn of 1857. Although not originally intended on having any connection to Christmas, it is now associated with Christmas and the season in general.

November 17, 2016 at 7:12 pm Leave a comment

It’s Been a Blue Day

This very pretty song was the “B” side to the Shadows 1963 hit single, “Shindig”.  My arrangement is a cover of the original.

November 11, 2016 at 6:56 pm Leave a comment

Find Me a Golden Street

“Find Me a Golden Street” is an instrumental written by Norman Petty. A successful musician in the 1950’s, Petty is best remembered as the recording engineer, producer and mentor to Buddy Holly, who recorded at Petty’s recording studio in Clovis, New Mexico. Others who recorded hits at this studio include Roy Orbison, Waylon Jennings, Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs (Bottle of Wine, Sugar Shack) and the String-A-Longs (Wheels).

My arrangement is based on the version the Shadows recorded for the 1961 album, “The Shadows”.

November 9, 2016 at 3:51 pm Leave a comment

It’s a Man’s World

“It’s a Man’s World” was the “B” side to the Shadows 1964 hit “The Rise and Fall of Flingel Bunt”. It is not the same song as James Brown’s similarly titled recording from 1966. Despite its clearly dated title, this is a very pleasant track with a nice melody & changes. My version is basically a cover of the original.

November 7, 2016 at 5:01 pm Leave a comment


“Breakthru” was originally a track on “The Sound of the Shadows” from 1964. My arrangement and recording is basically a cover of the original.

November 6, 2016 at 6:00 pm Leave a comment

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