Sunday, August 5, 2012

Think Christmas... Day 7 of 7 ~ My Day

"Shall I play for You?"


This Precious Moments "Little Drummer Boy"
was a free coloring page from the internet.
I found a font that I liked and
added the verse from the song.
The stitching area measures about 7x9-inches.

Bing and Bowie: 

An Odd Story of Holiday Harmony


By Paul Farhi

Wahington Post Staff Writer

Wednesday, December 20, 2006



One of the most successful duets in Christmas music history - and surely the weirdest-- might never have happened if it weren't for some last-minute musical surgery.  David Bowie thought "The Little Drummer Boy" was all wrong for him.  So when the producers of Bing Crosby's Christmas TV special asked Bowie to sing it in 1977, he refused.

Just hours before he was supposed to go before the cameras, though, a team of composers and writers frantically retooled the song.  They added another melody and new lyrics as a counterpoint to all those pa-rum-pum-pum-pums and called it "Peace on Earth."  Bowie liked it.  More important, Bowie sang it.

The result was an epic, and epically bizarre, recording in which Davie Bowie, the androgynous Ziggy Stardust,  joined in song with none other than Mr. "White Christmas" himself, Bing Crosby.

In the intervening years, the Bowie-Crosby, "Peace on Earth / Little Drummer Boy," has been transformed from an oddity into a holiday chestnut.  You can hear it in heavy rotation on Christmas-music radio stations or see the performance on Internet video sites.  First released as a single in 1982, it still sells today --- to add to its quirky afterlife, it's part of an album that's ranked as high as No. 3 on the Canadian charts this month (Dec. '06).  How did this almost surreal mash-up of the mainstream and the avant-garde, of cardigan-clad '40s-era crooner and glam rocker, happen?

It almost didn't.  Bowie, who was 30 at the time, and Crosby, then 73, recorded the duet September 11, 1977, for Crosby's "Merrie Olde Christmas" TV special.  A month later, Crosby was dead of a heart attack.  The special was broadcast on CBS about a month after his death.


Four 4.5-inch blocks...
plus four MORE 4.5-inch blocks...
plus one 4.5-inch block...

 ...equals one 12-inch block.
This is only one of the two styles of blocks 
for the quilt pictured below. 
The pattern can be found in this book.


Sooooo... if you are still here
after all that reading and singing and fuzzy math...

1.  Leave a  comment if you'd like to be in
the drawing for this one yard piece of lovely fabric.
2.  Leave an additional comment if you are a follower,
or if you become a new follower,
for a second entry.


Thanks for stopping by on this last day of ...

I am sharing the day with...



and finally....

Only 141 days until Christmas...

Karen
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*Please note...
comments have been disabled.
I will be back with the winner soon.
Thank you for your kind words
and for visiting during this hop.
And many thanks to my new followers.
...Karen

184 comments:

Judith said...

Oh sweet drummer boy! I love it! I remember when Bing and Bowie first sang together. Little Drummer Boy. Thank you for the memories! I love Carol Paper Piecing and am also in her yahoo group. This is the first year I took up PP and hoping to finish a quilt for my granddaughter sometime soon. Thank you for sharing...Judith, Texas

Sunshine Girl said...

Love your block - very traditional. Interesting story about Peace On Earth too - thanks for sharing.

Renee G said...

I would love to start working on my Christmas projects with this fabric.
rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

Judy B said...

Love your paper pieced block!

Renee G said...

Following as Renee G on GFC
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Judy B said...

I am now a new follower. Thank you for the great giveaway!

Susan said...

Love your block...and I've always loved Bing Crosby--interesting story. Thanks for the chance to win the fabric!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Loce the use of the coloring page to make such a pretty stitchery. I love Carol's patterns, too. Thank you for sharing with us today.

Pauline said...

Karen, what an enchanting stitchery you made, I love it. The star rose patterns is beautiful.

Lesley said...

Karen, I love your little drummer boy. What a great idea to use a coloring page and make it so more special! Thanks for sharing the Bowie-Crosby duet...quite a story! And your final block is gorgeous. I love the fabrics together- it would make a stunning quilt! Thanks so much for participating in the hop!

hueisei said...

Lovely block! :)

hueisei said...

I'm new follower

Anne-Lise at Rag, Tag, Bobtail said...

Lovely drummer boy! That song, the original, was my granddad's (volunteer WWI) favourite Christmas song. I always think of him when I hear it. I do like the version with Bowie, though :)

QuiltSue said...

I love your blocks, specially the stitchery.

I enjoyed the song too, but it did make me think about how fast time passes - I remember when it first came out!

Donna said...

Your blocks are really nice. Love the song. I don't remember it, but it is really nice!

Aurea said...

lots of christmas cheer going around. Thanks for all of it on this warm sunny morning. Helps put me in the spirit for the rest of the hopping I will do.

Sharon said...

I just love the drummer boy, very different and unique. Thanks for the story, the block and the Christmas cheer....happy holidays.

Sharon said...

I am a new follower and you have a wonderful blog....

Sheila said...

What a great block that turned into a beautiful quilt.

Sheila said...

I am a follower, love your blog.

Michele said...

Very pretty block. I like it a lot. Thanks for sharing.

Cliodana said...

i love your block, beautiful fabric. thank's for the chance to win, hope you had a nice blog hop! nice sunday to you

Brenda said...

Love the Little Drummer Boy and your other block too. So fun to see everyone's blocks.

Lyn said...

I really like the little drummer boy and the choice of floss you used. Very nice

Mimi said...

Thanks for sharing in the blog hop - your block is a beautiful design.

Connie said...

Beautiful blocks! Love that star, how neat!

Connie said...

I am a new follower, thanks for a wonderful giveaway!

Susan said...

Thanks for some Christmas inspiration...the music and the lovely blocks!

Zuzan said...

The embroidered drummer boy is a star, Karen, thank you.
Then the gold swirly fabric for the blocks of your star quilt will glow at Christmas time. Enjoy the process. Thank you for sharing and the fabric giveaway.

Zuzan said...

Karen, I am a follower. Thank you.

Sue said...

Thank you so much for the background story of the David Bowie-Bing Crosby duet. I love that song. Has anyone else seen the Clay Aiken-Bing Crosby version. It appeared on Nickelodeon in 2003 and was so cute! You sewed a beautiful block for the hop.

Sue said...

I am your newest follower. Thanks for the great blog.

Fiesta said...

Your work is beautiful. Thank you for sharing today.

Purl Buttons said...

I like your foundation pieced block very much.

Purl Buttons said...

I am a follower of this blog!

Teresa said...

What a lovely post. I like your fabric choices for the blocks

Darla said...

Thank you for sharing that story of Bowie and Crosby. I did not know this. You block is beautiful. I love the fabrics you picked out.

Linda said...

What a wonderful post, Karen! I love that song.
I also love the blocks and especially the embroidery! It's beautiful!

Linda said...

I am a follower, by the way!

Cindy Staub said...

Love your block, very nicely done! I'm a follower too :)

Sandra said...

I have learned something new about the drummer boy song. See, you are never too old to learn. I am going to print your story and save it for later. That was very nice to share with all of your followers, like myself. The Think Christmas blog hop has sure been fun. There have been lots of blocks as well as giveways and stories. Thanks for giving us all a chance to win and to make something special for someone for Christmas.

Sandi T.
sandit1@sbcglobal.net

Patricia said...

Sweet Drummer Boy! Nice post, like Christmas fabric way to much, LOL. Just started another Christmas quilt this week.

Patricia said...

Sweet Drummer Boy! Nice post, like Christmas fabric way to much, LOL. Just started another Christmas quilt this week.

Patricia said...

I've been following you for a while.

patchouli moon studio said...

All the blocks are beautiful.

Needled Mom said...

Those are just wonderful blocks. I loved the story too. It's always fun to read trivia like that.

Needled Mom said...

I am a new follower.

Just Carol said...

Beautiful blocks! I love the colors in your star--so rich and Christmasy. I remember watching that duet and it is a very fond memory. :O)

MooseStash Quilting said...

Ohhh what a gorgeous block and and the fabric you chose is beautiful. Great combo. Thanks so much for sharing!

evelyn said...

Your little drummer boy embroidery is beautiful. I love the song. Great pp star, so festive. Thanks for sharing.

Lyn said...

That is beautiful fabric. I would love to be in the drawing.

Lyn said...

I am a new follower in my Google Reader

Ariane said...

I just love your embroidered block!!! It is gorgeous!!!! Thanks for sharing with us!!!

Ariane said...

I'm a new follower!!!

jmniffer said...

I enjoyed the background on that version of Little Drummer Boy. Your block is wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

jmniffer said...

I am a new follower!

Gill said...

I never knew that Bowie sang with Bing Crosby!!!
Great fabric - count me in please!

Gill said...

I'm a follower!

Abbigail said...

I really enjoyed the song and the history behind it! Thanks! I love your fabrics in your block, it's so pretty! I'd love this yard of fabrics too!

Mommarock said...

It is a beautiful star!

pinsandneedles said...

Your stitchery is so adorable...and how you added the words...Love it! Thanks for sharing! It's been a inspiring Christmas hop!

lynaeve said...

Thanks for the chance

lynaeve said...

I'm a follower

Robin said...

I loved your hand stitching then I saw your Christmas Star and loved it even more, you do some very beautiful work. Thank you for showing such beautiful inspiration.

Robin in Washington State
http://robin-assweetaspeaches.blogspot.com/

Robin said...

I am now a follower of your blog.

Robin in Wasington State
http://robin-assweetaspeaches.blogspot.com/

BizyStitches said...

Lovely block and you do great embroidery. Thanks for the chance to win.

BizyStitches said...

I am now a happy follower, love blog hops and finding new bloggers

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Such beautiful work! I love the song with the two of them singing. Thanks for sharing!

Tricia said...

What a darling PM piece!! I love using them in things like quilt labels. They always add that little extra special love. I didin't know the story with Bowie & Bing. I continue to watch "White Christmas" every year though.

Thank You for the chance to win the yard of pretty fabric. Just right for making a special gift from.

Sincerely,
Tricia

Tricia said...

I'm proud to announce that I'm a new follower who plans to come back often. Thank you for the chance to win the pretty ornament fabric. I think it would make for some pretty blocks but I do like your PP one.

Sincerely,
Tricia

Diane H said...

Love the drummer boy! That is my absolute favourite Christmas tune.
Wow, your PP block is lovely.

Diane H said...

I am a follower, thanks.

MaryBeth said...

I love your blocks and really love that little drummer boy embroidery!!!

MaryBeth said...

I'm a new follower. Thanks for the chance to win.

Kathryn said...

thanks for the music history lesson and the lovely block.

Gwen said...

I'd LOVE to win that beautiful Christmas fabric!! :-) Thank you for the chance to win and thank you for the tutorial on your wonderful block!!! :-)

Gwen said...

I am a new follower. Thank you for the extra chance to enter your giveaway! :-)

MoeWest said...

Your drummer boy stitchery is so nice! Thanks for the story about Bowie and Crosby and the video. I used to watch all the Crosby Christmas specials. The 9-patch star will make a lovely quilt.

MoeWest said...

I'm a follower. Thanks for the giveaway.

Cher in Victoria said...

Love the memories of Bing and David. What a cool looking block, will have to look at my books again. Will be a follower.
Cher

Jessisca Lenderman said...

Oh my ... you are an inspiration for another star : ) Christmas will always have a star. Drummer are super cute. :)

Jessisca Lenderman said...

oh i forgot ...your Christmas fabric are gorgeous and I am a new follower : )

Kimberly Cassie said...

Thank you for sharing the lovely work with us. I enjoyed the story about Bing Crosby....he had the most beautiful voice.

Kimberly Cassie said...

I'm a new follower. Thanks for the giveaway!

Rosa said...

Love your blocks and your stitchery is just beautiful!

Rosa said...

Thanks for the giveaway.A new follower.

Joyce Carter said...

I love your blocks and i really love the Little Drummer Boy embroidery. I have always loved the song Little Drummer Boy, But I have never heard the story behind it. Thanks for sharing and thank you for the giveaway.

Teresa said...

Karen, I am a new follower. I love Precious Moments and your block is beautiful! Love the quilt, too. Carol Doak is awesome. I am in the planning stages of my first Christmas quilt, so I would love this fabric!

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

I love your block. I like how you showed the beginning squares first, then the block. Amazing transformation . Thanks for sharing little Drummer Boy and your block.

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

I love your Drummer Boy! And the song is really classic. Great block too~ I spy some red sparkly fabric in there. ;-) Love it!!

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

I am a follower. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Oh, I'm a happy follower too! Love the ornament fabric! Have a great week~

krislovesfabric said...

Lovely post and I am a happy follower, thanks for sharing!

tink's mom said...

Love both your stitchery of the Drummer Boy and the star. While I'm old enough to have seen the original song i didn't know the history. Thanks for sharing it all with us.

deborah said...

Love your fabric choices!! Beautiful!

Barbara Woods said...

love little drummer boy thanks

Barbara Woods said...

i am a follower i am an old follower

Linda said...

Hi Karen,
I have been a follower since the Red, White & Blue Hop. I enjoy following your blog. Thank you for sharing the story and the video. I listen to all of the song. How very beautiful!!

Your block is great. I love the fabrics!

I love your Little Drummer Boy stitching!

Karen O said...

I love that block. I am still amazed at how pieces of fabric cut up can become something so lovely.

Susan said...

I am a new follower. Thanks for sharing!

Farm Quilter said...

Great Little Drummer Boy!! I also remember the wonderful Christmas specials that used to be...miss them! Thanks for reminding me of a special one :o) Love your block and can't wait to see the completed quilt!

Farm Quilter said...

I'm an "old" follower!

becky said...

i would love to win a yard of this fabric.Thank-you. Becky
derry04@yahoo.com

becky said...

I am a follower. Thank-you.Becky
derry04@yahoo.com

quiltmom said...

Very sweet block- I do love this version of the Drummer boy song-it is very clever and quite amazing how the two voices combine together.
Thanks for participating in the blog hop- there are lots of fun blocks to inspire Christmas.
Regards from Western Canada,
Anna

Carrie P. said...

Cool block you made and what a great quilt when many are put together. Love your little drummer boy.

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

Loved knowing the history behind the song!! New follower!! Your block is beautiful and the Drummer Boy is adorable!!

Gloria said...

Thanks for the background story and sweet block you created!

Gloria said...

I became a follower today! looking forward to reading your blog

Ruth Ann said...

Thanks for the great history lesson on Little Drummer Boy...didn't know that. Your embroidery block is one of my favorites so far in the hop.
Thanks for the entry chance.

Ruth Ann said...

I'm a follower!

Linda said...

NEW FOLLOWER+THANKS FOR SHARING!

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Linda said...

HELLO! THANKS FOR SHARING THIS BEAUTIFUL FABRIC!

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QuilterLaura said...

gorgeous fabric! Thx for the chance!

QuilterLaura said...

I am a new follower

AlessandraLace said...

thank you for sharing, amazing quilt. hugs

AlessandraLace said...

I am follower from Italy

Nellie Duclos said...

Thanks for the great story. Just think, if it weren't for Christmas these never would have gotten together!
Your block is very nice. Thanks for sharing for the chance of winning some fabric

Jodi - usairdoll said...

Your stitchory is lovely. Thanks for alittle history on Bing and Bowie duet. I love hearing little known stories. Your block is beautiful and in a quilt it is amazing. Thanks for sharing with us.

Thank you for a great giveaway and a chance to win some pretty fabric.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

Jodi - usairdoll said...

I'm a new follower.

Thanks again for a chance to win.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

Sharon Dawn said...

What an elegant block!! I love your fabric choices to make it!!

The story if Bowie and Bing is something! I have never heard the story before, but that has always been one of my favorite Christmas songs!! Thanks for the memories!

Linda said...

What a great block! thanks for sharing.

JanesQuilting said...

Your block is just beautiful. I love the idea of the Little Drummer Boy. Thank you for sharing, I truly enjoyed reading your blog.

JanesQuilting said...

I am new to your blog, but am not a true follower.

Thearica said...

Oh my goodness! I remember this! I got goose bumps!

Janet said...

Lovely piece of music! And a lovely block you made. Thanks for a chance to win the fabric.

Lv2sew2011 said...

Great Project, thank you for sharing your work with us.
Thank you for entering me in your give away!
God Bless!
Donna

And I'm a new follower!

whistlebet57 said...

What Beautiful Fabric. I love vibrant colors and sparlyies on my Christmas Fabric. Thanks
Elizabeth
Silverdale, Wa

whistlebet57 said...

I just became a follower. I enjoyed looking at your site and am very impressed. Thanks
Elizabeth
Silverdale, WA

sandra said...

Karen i remember that to, thanks for bringing back some beautiful memories. One of my favorite Christmas songs. Thank you for sharing all your beautiful Christmas blocks.

Pam said...

Hiya! Your drummer boy block is beautifully done. And I love your star block, such lovely fabrics. Thank you for having the giveaway. Blessed be, hugs!!!

playamom57 at yahoo dot com

Pam said...

Hiya again! I am also a follower, blessed be, hugs!!!

playamom57 at yahoo dot com

Nancy in IN said...

Thanks for the memories. Love Little Drummer Boy. I'd love the have new fabric.

Stephanie said...

Love the little drummer boy, shuttermom77 at gmail dot com

Stephanie said...

New follower. Shuttermom77 at gmail dot com

StitchinByTheLake said...

What a stunning embroidery! I love it...really love it. blessings, marlene

KatieQ said...

Your embroidery looks like a Precious Moments design. Like so many others, I am a Carol Doak fan. The block was a great choice, it's really pretty.
Although we have an album with the Bing/Bowie duet, I never knew the story behind it. Thanks for sharing and for offering the generous giveaway.

Mom C said...

Only 141 days!!!!! Where is my year going! Love the story, love the block. It looks stunning. Thanks.

Linda said...

I'm a new follower.

Linda said...

Thanks for the song and video. I don't know that I ever saw this and I've heard this over the years and never realized it was David Bowie singing with Bing Crosby. Duh! I loved it though.

Your stitchery is great and your block too. Thanks for sharing both and for the great giveaway.

mahoo said...

I love Bowie, and I love Bing. I remember seeing the special when it aired (dating myself for sure!). It is one of my favourite songs of the season. (Bowie's Aladin Sane was my first ever concert. What a way to start, and how difficult for other acts to live up to!)Thanks for the chance to win.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

love your block....will make a wonderful quilt.

LJ said...

Loved the Christmas block you made - all the gold makes the block sparkle and Christmas needs to be sparkley! I'd love the fabric; it's gorgeous.

Sara said...

Oh, the Bing/Bowie song has been one of my favorites for years. Love your block...

nhsarab at yahoo dot com

LJ said...

I just became a follower with Google Friends and Google Reader.

Kris said...

Love your fabric choice for your star block. Really beautiful.

I had never heard the story of that song, although I've heard the song many times. Thanks for sharing.

Emily C said...

Lovely fabric, I just love ornaments.

Kathy H said...

I love to paper piece and your block is so pretty. Loved the stitchery too.

Kathy H said...

I am a new follower.

wanda said...

I love your little drummer boy block. I know you got it from a coloring book, what was its name. I would love to do a block like that one simular

Cindy said...

I love your block! Gorgeous!

Cindy said...

I am a new follower of your blog. You have really wonderful projects.

Vicki said...

Hi Karen, I just bemoaning the fact this morning that I have followed the Christmas Blog Hop and while everyone had fantastic things to share no-one had done anything relating the the story of Christmas. Thank you for your drummer boy, I think he is gorgeous. Vicki vickilorraine at hotmail dot com

Vicki said...

Hi Karen, I have just become a follower. I love your drummer boy. Vicki vickilorraine at hotmail dot com

Rhonda D. said...

Love your block! I am a new follower. Thanks for the chance
to win.

Kathy said...

Thanks for sharing and I loved the David Bowie/Bing Crosby piece.
Merry Christmas!!!

Homemaker Honey said...

Love the Little Drummer Boy! Merry Christmas in July!

Deborah
homemakerhoney @gmail .com

Homemaker Honey said...

New follower.

Deborah
homemakerhoney @gmail .com

Judy1522 said...

Very pretty block I love the fabrics you made it in.

Sheila said...

I love your block ,great job and I am already a follower. Thanks for the chance.

Ruth said...

I'm enjoying the Little Drummer Boy! Thanks for putting the story on.

Ruth said...

I am now a follower.

Margaret said...

I never knew this. Thanks for sharing your block. It is georgous.

╰☆╮ Barb ╰☆╮ said...

Such a lovely combination of colors you have for your quilt blocks - love them! And your giveaway fabric is awesome. What collection does it come from?

╰☆╮ Barb ╰☆╮ said...

Looks like I'm follower 170 on GFC!

Bonnie58 said...

Love the fabric and thr trivia. Here's hoping

bonnielarson58@gmail.com

Lori said...

I love the little drummer boy. I have never seen this about Crosby. Thanks for sharing. Love your block
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LeAnne said...

Interesting story about Little Drummer Boy. Hadn't heard it before. Your block is great.

Peggy H. said...

Beautiful block. I am a new follower.

Peggy H. said...

I would love to win a yard of Christmas fabric. Thank you.

aiah23 said...

Karen these projects are beautiful! I love the Little Drummer Boy a la Precious Moments, beautifully done! Thanks for sharing your talent and a giveaway as well.

Julie in WA said...

Thanks for sharing the Bowie/Bing video! I would not have believed those two together if I had not seen it!

Mrs.Pickles said...

lovely work!! thanks for sharing!

Marcia W. said...

Thanks for sharing the lovely blocks you made and background with Bowie/Bing. Thanks also for the giveaway.

Gmama Jane said...

Amazing what you can do with coloring pages!! I love your creations! Your Give=away is Oh Sew Nice!! I can see a beautiful table topper if I were to be lucky enough to win that 1 yd. of fabric!! Sweet!
Blessings
Gmama Jane

Gmama Jane said...

I'm a brand new follower!! Will be back often! may I invite you over to my place!!
Toodles
Gmama Jane

Gmama Jane said...

Guess what?? I'm already a follower??!! I need to have you on my email feed!!
Gmama Jane

GG said...

I just signed up to follow you!
Thanks for your give away

GG said...

I would be thrilled to win the fabric you are offering. Thanks!

Maria Kievit said...

Love your block! I also have that book in my book case! Am a follower. Thanks for sharing

InGa said...

Beautiful bloks, and such a nice story. ! I'll think about it when I hear this song for Christmas.
thanks for shareing.

InGa said...

.. and I'm a new follower. :-)
Take care, and have a nice day.

Bobbie said...

I love PM - and I have the pattern book- sew many sweet ones in there!
I really like the way you presented your block in pieces- and the block is WOW

DianneB said...

Bing Crosby is my go to music for the holidays. Thanks for the info and a chance to win.