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Thursday, 2015 December 24: Volume 18, Number 2
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What We Got Here

The Year In Review

There were 12 months in 2015; 365 days. Technically, there are 7 to go as I write this, but I don't care.

The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft agley.

Which means that what I had planned to do, I never got around to doing. Maybe next year.

But to tide you over until the next real edition of The Legend-News, here are a few stories.

“The man behind multiplatinum Mannheim Steamroller” An audio interview by Kai Ryssdalwith of Marketplace, with the instrumental half of C.W. McCall.

“Rock orchestra brings holiday show to Keith-Albee” An article in the Huntington, West Virginia Herald-Dispatch. It’s more about Chip, with a leading mention of a Mannheim Steamroller concert.

“Westernparty von Ballermann” C.W. McCall is a superstar of American country music (but you knew that)! This page is in German; open it in Google Chrome for a reasonable translation.

Their goal: the largest truck convoy in the world. “Pennsylvania Mother’s Day convoy seeks 500 trucks & new record” No mention of C.W., but I’m sure that the omission will be corrected.

Merry Christmas, everyone! Happy New Year!

— Ed.

Song A’ Th’ Season

Play it tonight.MP3

“Sing Silent Night”
(C.W. McCall, Bill Fries, Chip Davis) From the LP Rubber Duck

When the snow falls on Christmas Eve,
And everything’s white
I sit by the window,
And remember another night
When Mama played the organ,
And we turned off all the lights
And we all stood around her
And sang Silent Night

Silent Night by Carol McCrady

The organ is quiet now,
And Mama’s gone
The sound of that Christmas Eve
Will live on and on
We sang all the old carols,
The hymns she loved to hear
And she played them over, one by one,
From memory, and by ear

And then she’d find the ancient album,
With its pages turned gold
And the crayon-colored paper star
I made so long ago
But brighter than any star
Was the love in Mama’s eyes
As she said, “Merry Christmas, kids,”
And she kissed us goodnight

And the organ’s quiet now,
And Mama’s gone
But the sound of that Christmas Eve
Will live on and on
The years have gone by now,
Since that last Christmas Eve
But the joy is still with me,
And the love will never leave

When Mama played the organ,
And we turned off all the lights
And we all stood together
And sang the last Silent Night

“Sing Silent Night” appears on the LP of Rubber Duck.

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