When I was a snot nose brat, I had this Christmas album, aka a vinyl record, that had The Little Drummer Boy song as the first song on the album. I think the song was by Harry Simeone Chorale. Now a days the song can be found on the Time Life Treasury Of Christmas album, or a single download on iTunes or Amazon for all I know!
I remember one Christmas, I took the album to a friends house, then on the way home I slipped and dropped it. The edge of the record chipped but it was still useable. Unfortunately, the chipped edge was right on a good portion of my favourite song. Well, back then it was my favourite but isn't anymore. I still love the song and it's meaningful words. I remember I was all distressed that I chipped the album. Mom was upset too and I got punished for it but thankfully I still didn't receive coal from Santa! Phew!
Whenever I hear this song, and especially when performed by Harry Simeone Chorale, my memories of childhood come rushing back to the time I chipped the record on that cold December afternoon.
I have the song on my iPod now. Yes, I am one of the few who listens to Christmas music periodically throughout November...but only AFTER Remembrance Day/Veterans Day.