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Re: Christmas Music
Edited by Dave Long on 12/3/2018, 5:39 pm
Whenever I bring that album out, I miss Norm Gauch, one of our beloved friends and longtime contributors on XRoads, who photographed the cover.
We’ve begun listening to Christmas music in my home. Actually, we hadn’t changed out the CDs from the carousel from last year, so it was an easy process! The first one up was “Glad Tidings” by Rick, Bill and me with Paul G. on bass. I hadn’t listened to it in almost a year, and I found it engaging, musical, entertaining, interesting. The arrangements were different and well-produced (thanks to Rob Reider - we had great fun doing this project together). I particularly remember Rob and me fooling around in his studio as we came up with the intro instrumentals to “Deck The Halls,” him on tenor guitar and me on banjo.
It was submitted for nomination in the Grammy process. At the time, three years ago(?) four(?), there were two categories for Folk Music: traditional and contemporary. It was entered in the traditional category; after all, this was The Kingston Trio, a 60-year-old entity singing songs such as “Deck The Halls,” “Silent Night,” “Hark The Herald Angels Sing,” “Fum Fum Fum,” “Mary’s Boy Child" and other traditional songs. I do believe we had an excellent chance to win that Grammy. But………(why is there always a “but?”)……NARAS changed it to the contemporary category, which dropped us into a group of almost 300 artists. When I inquired from NARAS under what criteria they had changed the category from traditional to contemporary, their response to me was that they could change it to whatever they wanted to.