Friday, November 23, 2012

"Sleigh Ride" by Leroy Anderson

"A Brush for the Lead" - New York 'Flyers' in the Snow
Lithograph by Currier and Ives, 1867
In the song, the lyrics compare a sleigh ride to a "picture print by Currier and Ives". (Wikimedia Commons)

From Wikipedia: "Although "Sleigh Ride" is often associated with Christmas, and often appears on Christmas compilation albums, the song's lyrics never specifically mention any holiday or religion (apart from certain recordings, such as those by the Carpenters, Walter Schumann and Air Supply, that substitute "Christmas party" for "birthday party" in the song's bridge). In fact, the mention of "pumpkin pie" in the last verse might suggest an association with Thanksgiving rather than Christmas.

"According to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers [ASCAP] review of Christmas music, "Sleigh Ride" consistently ranks in the top 10 list of most performed songs written by ASCAP members during the Christmas season worldwide.[1]

"ASCAP named "Sleigh Ride" the most popular piece of Christmas music in the USA for the consecutive years, 2010 and 2011, based on performance data tracked by airplay monitoring service, Mediaguide, from over 2,500 radio stations nationwide. The most performed artist version of "Sleigh Ride" was the original instrumental version as recorded by Leroy Anderson.[2] [3]

"According to author, Steve Metcalf, in his book, Leroy Anderson: A Bio-Bibliography [Praeger 2004], "'Sleigh Ride' ... has been performed and recorded by a wider array of musical artists than any other piece in the history of Western music."" Read more about Sleigh Ride - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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"Sleigh Ride" by Leroy Anderson and His Orchestras

"Sleigh Ride" performed by Johnny Mathis