Today, I’m singing a medley of two holiday songs that seem to go together. According to Wikipedia, “A Holly Jolly Christmas,” popularized by Burl Ives, was released in November of 1964 and written by Johnny Marks. It was part of the 1964 Rankin/Bass Christmas special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. It was then featured in Ives’ 1965 album, Have a Holly Jolly Christmas. For the first five years of the 21st century, it was one of the top 25 most-performed songs.
Wikipedia tells us that “Rockin” Around the Christmas Tree” was also written by Johnny Marks. Brenda Lee performed the song when she was only thirteen years old, and it’s featured on her album, Merry Christmas from Brenda Lee. An instrumental version was used in the same Rankin/Bass Christmas special. A fully sung version appeared in the 1999 sequel, Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July. It was also used in the 1990 film, Home Alone, and featured in the 2012 Christmas episode of Regular Show.
Years ago, my women’s singing group performed a medley of “A Holly Jolly Christmas” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” Here’s my rendition, which slightly differs from the group’s version. I hope that despite the tragedy and uncertainly caused by COVID19, you have a holly rockin’ Christmas this year.
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New! The Red Dress
Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books
When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.
Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.