Category: 2010

Ring-a-ling-a-ling etc…

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…

The Good the Bad the Ugly

Here we have, what is probably, the worst offending Carol for cheese-grater-to-face syndrome. The Little Drummer Boy. The song, originally titled “Carol of the Drum”, was written in 1941 by pianist Katherine K. Davis based on a traditional Czech carol….

Ah, the French

What can one really say about this 17th-Century French Carol? It is simply beautiful. Here are two versions, with two very different budgets. Left: Random Swedish Choir | Right: You Know Who For this carol I think it is clear…

Advent 2010: A Hostile Takeover

ATTENTION OM READERS! This is not the voice of Miss Mussel rather, it is the voice of Frere Mussel. In lieu of forfeiting the Advent calender to Father Time, I have staged a hostile take over from across the pond….

Dear Australia

Thanks to a dodgy web feed of Channel 9 via Pakistan and then Sweden, Miss Mussel was privy to your spectacular bowling collapse over the weekend. It was sad to watch. Please take the week to get yourselves together and…

1st Sunday Of Advent

For the last two years Miss Mussel has posted an Aural Advent Calendar. Instead of a chocolate each day, you get a new video of a Christmas song/carol. It’s certainly better for your waistline and, considering the percentage wax in…