Date: 19 December 2005 22:09:27
Madness, yes it is, but along with my love of traditional carols (in many languages), mediaeval carols, 'standards' ie Bing, Frank, Dean [even Shirley Bassey singing Ave Maria] etc, modern updates [hello Sang Froid!], gospel/jazz ie Phil Driscoll, Blind Boys of Alabama, and yes, even a bit of Mariah Carey [but not her version of O Holy Night], I love the above song ... it's just so Australian :). Cheesy, possibly crass, but very funny and just totally right.
Note I said 'Australian' not "Ocker" .... really, Ocker is one of those weird words that you can only use if you are Australian or you live here .... like when you make remarks about your family but if anyone else comments about them you get a bit peeved 'cause it's not their place to do it.
Anyway, my favourite version of above is not actually old Rolf's, good as it is .... it's a version done for a Department Store Christmas Album [Myer], by a guy named Russell Coight. Russell Coight is the screen name of a particular comedian, Glenn Robbins (possibly better known to those of you in the UK as Kel Knight, from the Aussie series "Kath and Kim"). Russell is a 'bushie', along the lines of the late great Harry Butler, the Crocodile Hunter, Crocodile Dundee (or at least he thinks he is) ... there's a fair bit of Mr Bean thrown in for good measure :).
Hmmm ... I guess i could have done a series like Deeleea, based on my favourite Christmas songs, albums, and or artists .... and those which are traditional in my household at Christmas. Oh well, maybe next year. In the meantime:
Favourite Album: A Carnegie Hall Christmas Concert - Kathleen Battle, Wynton Marsalis, Frederica Von Stadt
Favourite Carol: O Holy Night [closely followed by Silent Night, The First Noel, and In the Bleak Mid-Winter]
Favourite Song: Over in Bethlehem (Phil Driscoll) fighting it out with Walking in the Air [Aled Jones version] - the song from The Snowman
Family Traditional Must Play Album: Tijuana Brass - at full volume!
In case I don't make it back before Christmas (and probably not until 9 January, when I come back to work and my computer) I want to say thank you to all the Wibloggers for making me so welcome and wish you all a Blessed and Happy Christmas and prayers for all your hearts desires in 2006!