A smaller Christmas, Day 17

There was no post here yesterday, on the 17th day of December, because there was no time for a post.

Taking care of some business in the morning and early afternoon, then working, then peeling away for the East High School winter band concert, then back to work until midnight.

Evan plays percussion in Band 2. He played tympani with his typical flair and intensity on their last number, “An English Christmas.” It was described in the program as an arrangement based on three old (and familiar) English carols: “I Saw Three Ships,” “The Wassail Song” and “What Child Is This?”

And thus, a song from yesterday.


“What Child Is This?” Ardelio Gomez, from “Christmas On The Border,” 1994. It’s out of print and apparently not available digitally.

This has a nice chunky groove as it chugs along. It’s from a Christmas record by a bunch of Nashville session musicians. It’s described as “a spicy holiday recipe of Texas blues, hot country and Mexican salsa” but other than this song and one other, it doesn’t quite live up to that billing.

I went in search of Ardelio Gomez and found nothing. That is, nothing but an intriguing bit of speculation that this actually is gospel singer Russ Taff performing under an assumed name because of a contract issue.

Your Christmas music requests in the comments, please.

Please visit our other blog, The Midnight Tracker, for more vintage vinyl, one side at a time.

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