Sunday, November 29, 2009

Jolly Old Saint Nicholas

WavesAndWays.mp3 (live demo - piano)

Yes, I've succumbed to the lure of YouTube... mostly to post music for now, but I may find other uses for it. The channel is

For now, I'm putting up some stuff that's already been posted as MP3s in this blog, but there's a new piece for the Christmas season, this rendition of Jolly Old Saint Nicholas.

As I mention in the video, August always gets me thinking about Christmas, because the USAF Band would practice their Christmas show in August in Washington, D.C. It was extremely good, and supremely entertaining, and more than a little bit surreal to sit on the steps of the Jefferson Memorial in the heat of Summer watching the band (more of an orchestra, really) performing Christmas Carols with the backdrop of the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial behind them.

What I was thinking that particular August was that, since so many aspects of this religious holiday had been made secular, wouldn't it be fitting to recover, commandeer, or hijack some aspect of it that started out secular or materialistic and make it religious. So this wrote itself in just about no time at all. Here are the lyrics:

Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
dfl - August, 2005

Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
Lean your ear this way
Don't you tell a single soul
What I'm going to say
Christmas Eve is coming soon
Now you dear old man
Whisper what you'll bring to me
Tell me if you can

Johnny wants a pair of skates
Suzy wants a sled
Nelly wants a picture book
Yellow, blue and red
I want you to pray with me
To Jesus high above
Help me find a birthday gift
For the Lord of Love

And I want peace in Persia
And in old Jerusalem
I want everyone to welcome Him
When God comes home again
I want us to love one another
That's all I have to say
May peace and love surround us all
When we wake on Christmas day

[this reprise is preferably done by a choir, if you have one]
We pray for peace in Persia
And in old Jerusalem
We will welcome Him with open arms
When God comes home again
Let us love one another
What more is there to say?
May peace and love surround us all
When we wake on Christmas day

May peace and love surround us all
When we wake on Christmas day

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


OK, they all can't be winners. This is just an audio doodle, really. One of those things you jot down in a notebook and find years later when randomly flipping through it.

I'll put up an MP3. Later.

dfl - Aug 2003. 2nd verse added 11 Nov 2009

Well, I don't get drunk
I don't carouse
I stay at home
Don't rabble-rouse
And I've never once been tossed out of a bar
I wish I knew why it were so
But I'm a home-boy don't you know
And if it weren't for bein' lazy I'd go far.

Yes, if it weren't for bein' lazy I might find a cure for cancer
If I got up off my butt there'd be no question I couldn't answer.
Yes, the world would be a better place
And multitudes would shout my name
And everyone would know my face
I'd save the world and change the game
And nothing would ever be the same if it weren't for the fact
That I don't care to act.
Yes, I'm lazy to the core
I don't even want to sing this song anymore.