FaLaLaLaLa 2012 ADVENTure in Carols

Dec. 8 – The Hollyridge Strings – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (1965)

The Christmas music that people seem to love most is usually the Christmas music that they listened to as children. Those sounds mingled with the lights and smells and flavors to create a potent memory soup that has adults working hard to recreate the magical recipe.

Christmas Favorites by The Hollyridge Strings (arranged and conducted by Stu Phillips) was an important ingredient in that recipe for me. I have vivid memories of the album spinning on this little portable record player we used to have. These arrangements are burned into my subconscious.

Thankfully, several years ago it was re-released on CD and I could put away the somewhat scratchy version that I had. I even had the opportunity to interview Stu Phillips on its release. Take a listen:

FaLaLaLaLa Stu Phillips Interview by Falalalala on Mixcloud

And the featured track for the day is Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

Here’s the track listing so far (link are to purchase MP3 at Amazon):

  1. Deck The Halls – The Music City Brass
  2. Christmas Candy – Margaret Whiting and Jimmy Wakely
  3. Ebenezer Scrooge – Teresa Brewer
  4. John Klein – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  5. Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Joanie Sommers
  6. Frosty the Snowman – Esquivel and His Orchestra
  7. The Christmas Song – Judy Garland and Mel Torme
  8. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – The Hollyridge Strings

Here’s the link to the whole mix: FaLaLaLaLa 2012 ADVENTure in Carols

Check back each day between now and Christmas for a new song. And subscribe to the playlist on Spotify for updates as well.