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05 December 2017 @ 07:06 am
Christmas confession  
I am the musical equivalent of Tom Lehrer’s old mess sergeant, the one whose taste buds were shot off in the war. For instance, I love “MacArthur Park,” particularly the version by Waylon Jennings & the Kimberleys. And for this season I like “Little Drummer Boy.” Yes, I know that having someone play the drums to welcome a newborn baby is really dumb, but I like it anyway. I liked it by what I thought of as the Hairy Simian Chorale; I liked it when Johnny Cash, of all people, covered it; and I love the doo-wop version by the Tokens.
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Sherwood Smithsartorias on December 5th, 2017 01:34 pm (UTC)
I like 'em both, too. (My taste is really weird.)
nancylebov: green leavesnancylebov on December 5th, 2017 03:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the pointer to the Jennings MacArthur Park-- it's lovely.

My taste is pretty wide, and I've gotten comprehensively sick of people being hated for liking the wrong music.

Religious people get dinged for being anti-pleasure, but there's a tremendous amount of secular opposition to pleasure, too.
sturgeonslawyer: Defaultsturgeonslawyer on December 5th, 2017 03:26 pm (UTC)
I also like "MacArthur Park," and had never heard that version before. I still like Donna Summer's version better, but (considering that I generally have no use for c&w singers) this is really good.

On the other hand, "Drummer Boy," which I originally did like, was permanently ruined for me by being an alto in grade school choir: the part typically given to basses is just boring, three minutes of going "rummm...rummm...rummmm rumrum rummm." I manage to like some versions anyway (like the one with Crosby and Bowie), but generally it drives me up the wall.
Elenbarathi: Knowledgeelenbarathi on December 5th, 2017 11:53 pm (UTC)
I've always liked both those songs too. Waylon Jenning's 'Macarthur Park' is nice, but I prefer the original version by Richard Harris. LOL, I love 'Jurassic Park' - you can always count on Weird Al to lighten the mood when things get too schmaltzy.

Newborn babies like drumming just fine! My daughter was 9 days old for her first Circle, at which there was plenty drumming; she danced the whole Spiral Dance (in a cozy front-pack) with one of her godfathers.
kaffyr: A Totoro Christmaskaffyr on December 6th, 2017 12:13 am (UTC)
I like "Little Drummer Boy" although I like "Do You Hear What I Hear" even more.
El Coyote Gordo: guitarsupergee on December 6th, 2017 11:57 am (UTC)
I'd forgotten that one. Thanks for the reminder
kaffyrkaffyr on December 9th, 2017 07:57 pm (UTC)
I always loved Ed Ames' voice on that one.
Sharon Kahndreamshark on December 6th, 2017 11:41 pm (UTC)
One of the things I always liked about Little Drummer Boy was thatit DID seem like a gift that an infant might enjoy (unlike gold, frankincense, or myrrh). Of course the little drummer boy in the song would've been playing something gentle like a doumbeck, not the snare drums.