Today we go to that perennial favorite “Sleigh Ride”. During his alto saxophone years Frere Mussel can remember the horror of playing this brisk number in five sharps. It never got easier. EVER.
The composer, Leroy Anderson, had the original idea for the piece during a heat wave in July 1946; he finished the work in February 1948. The orchestral version was first recorded in 1949 by Arthur Fiedler and The Boston Pops Orchestra and has since become a signature song for the orchestra.
Please note the lyrics are completely devoid of Christmas content but since it fits into the “sleigh bells mean Christmas” equation we will let that slide.
Here it is in use in a commercial that I LOVE, if anyone knows if a complete version of this mash-up exists let me know.
and here it is with a bit of a Motown feel. If you do not smile whilst listening to this – you my friend, have a heart of stone.