"" Writer's Wanderings: The Little Drummer Boy

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Little Drummer Boy

One of my favorite songs at Christmas is The Little Drummer Boy. What a delight to find out it has a Czech background too. (See King Wenceslas). I love it for its story which is all about giving what you have. The little drummer boy didn't have anything but his music to give to the baby Jesus. So he used his talent to play his drum for him.

The carol is believed to have been written by Katherine K. Davis in 1941 and based on an old Czech carol, The Carol of the Drum. It was recorded around 1957 on a DOT label by the Harry Simeone Chorale.

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