Today we fetched a small package from the post office. I wasn't sure what it held as I've ordered quite a few gifts from half.com lately.
Well, it was this: The Brian Setzer Orchestra's Boogie Woogie Christmas.
I try to buy something new in the way of Christmas music each year, and this one made quite an impression on me last year.
You see, E and I attended the early December free performance of Handel's Messiah at Point Loma Nazarene University, as sung by a large community choir which included several members of the Lake Murray EV Free choir. So we met up at church in La Mesa and carpooled with the Huffs and the Keeseys in the Huff's van. Bill and I had an enjoyable time talking Catholic theology before the performance, and then we all experienced a lovely time of musical enjoyment. "The Hallelujah Chorus" is one of my favorite pieces of music, so of course I loved the performance.
On the way home, we all decided to stop at Marie Callendar's for dessert. Crowded around a table much too small for the bulk of our group, we laughed, ate, shared, etc., and then left the restaurant in high spirits.
The music of this CD was playing in the Huff's van as we sat at an intersection, waiting to turn onto Lake Murray Blvd. and back to our assorted waiting vehicles at the church. And then it happened ....
Don Keesey, an august elder of our church, began leaning back and forth as he sang along to this CD, rocking the entire van with him. The van was literally teetering back and forth in time to the boogie woogie music, and E laughed at the sight of this church leader as he displayed so much joy in response to music.
So I HAD to have this "Boogie Woogie Christmas" CD for our own private use at home for this Christmas season. Definitely.
It's not easy to find this CD, but half.com does have it if you're interested. And yes, this is THE Brian Setzer from the old 80s group The Stray Cats -- so "strut" around to this fun and rollicking Christmas music; it's PERFECT music for that pre-Christmas house cleaning!