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In every region, there is a special affinity for people, places or things that best represent what is best about what is integral and indigenous to what they call home.

Major Capra was fresh from his stint in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. Colonel Stewart had just provided the U.S. Army Air Corps his best years. And these two great patriots made one great film.
Major Capra was fresh from his stint in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. Colonel Stewart had just provided the U.S. Army Air Corps his best years. And these two great patriots made one great film.
 
"So this is Christmas (War is Over)" was written in 1971 by John and Yoko Lennon, just months after the official breakup of the Beatles.
"So this is Christmas (War is Over)" was written in 1971 by John and Yoko Lennon, just months after the official breakup of the Beatles.
 
Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Walk Off the Earth is one of those rare artistic ensembles that combines fine original, offbeat interpretations of popular songs, while doing a smattering of parodies as well as their original material.
Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Walk Off the Earth is one of those rare artistic ensembles that combines fine original, offbeat interpretations of popular songs, while doing a smattering of parodies as well as their original material.
 
I have always thought Ray Charles was one of those generational performers, who was put on this earth to entertain and entertain quite well was our fortunate outcome.
I have always thought Ray Charles was one of those generational performers, who was put on this earth to entertain and entertain quite well was our fortunate outcome.
 
The extra-vocal group, Walk Off the Earth, has done their first Christmas carol, "Little Drummer Boy", and it is wonderfully entertaining, as all of their videos are.
The extra-vocal group, Walk Off the Earth, has done their first Christmas carol, "Little Drummer Boy", and it is wonderfully entertaining, as all of their videos are.
 
Now that I am familiar with the wondrous works of melodic beauty created by the Piano Guys, each Christmas, I search for fine work and endeavor to bring it to our BCN readers.
Now that I am familiar with the wondrous works of melodic beauty created by the Piano Guys, each Christmas, I search for fine work and endeavor to bring it to our BCN readers.
 
I don't know how this one got by me in my recent years of putting together Christmas vignettes in melody, but, it did.
I don't know how this one got by me in my recent years of putting together Christmas vignettes in melody, but, it did.
 
My Christmas, 2016 discovery of new Piano Guys holiday material is complete, and I have them here on BCN for your Yule Tide enjoyment.
My Christmas, 2016 discovery of new Piano Guys holiday material is complete, and I have them here on BCN for your Yule Tide enjoyment.
 
Jewel Kilcher is probably the single most talented performer / songwriter, in terms of ballads, in the last 20 years.
Jewel Kilcher is probably the single most talented performer / songwriter, in terms of ballads, in the last 20 years.
 
Greenpeace's vision of Father Christmas is a shabbily dressed Kris Kringle, who appears to be appropriately 'down on his luck', and at his 'wits end' relative to his immediate climate - it is too warm where he lives - the North Pole.
Greenpeace's vision of Father Christmas is a shabbily dressed Kris Kringle, who appears to be appropriately 'down on his luck', and at his 'wits end' relative to his immediate climate - it is too warm where he lives - the North Pole.
 
The American Ballet Theater, featuring Isabella Boylston and James Whiteside, was filmed at the at New York City’s Highline Hotel during the apex of the Covid Pandemic.
The American Ballet Theater, featuring Isabella Boylston and James Whiteside, was filmed at the at New York City’s Highline Hotel during the apex of the Covid Pandemic.
 
The Piano Guys are back for Christmas, 2015, and we are blessed to bring you a generous helping of their rare and fun talent videos.
The Piano Guys are back for Christmas, 2015, and we are blessed to bring you a generous helping of their rare and fun talent videos.
 
The Piano Guys are back for Christmas, 2015, and we are blessed to bring you a generous helping of their rare and fun talent videos.
The Piano Guys are back for Christmas, 2015, and we are blessed to bring you a generous helping of their rare and fun talent videos.
 
The Christmas Story is a time honored celebration of our Lord and Savior's birth, even, especially, when it is witnessed through the eyes of the modern child.
The Christmas Story is a time honored celebration of our Lord and Savior's birth, even, especially, when it is witnessed through the eyes of the modern child.
 
I never really knew of Kathy Mattea until this last Saturday night, December 21, 2011, when I saw her perform on PBS's "Song of the Mountains."
I never really knew of Kathy Mattea until this last Saturday night, December 21, 2011, when I saw her perform on PBS's "Song of the Mountains."
 
Even though Louis Armstrong did sing some Christmas tunes, like "Zat You Santa Claus?", I could not find any Christmas videos of a fine enough quality to display in BCN.
Even though Louis Armstrong did sing some Christmas tunes, like "Zat You Santa Claus?", I could not find any Christmas videos of a fine enough quality to display in BCN.
 
Walk Off the Earth's Newer Material; Including a Christmas Melody
 
Sarah McLachlan has always been a guilty pleasure of mine. As an impassioned "rocker," with somewhat of a sentimental streak, I have always dug talented balladeers, especially the females.
Sarah McLachlan has always been a guilty pleasure of mine. As an impassioned "rocker," with somewhat of a sentimental streak, I have always dug talented balladeers, especially the females.
 
The Good Lovelies are in the Christmas Spirit, and we are too. "Santa Baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight."
The Good Lovelies are in the Christmas Spirit, and we are too. "Santa Baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight."
 
Allison Krause is one of the most talented performers of our time. It's time for Allison, and a host of assorted talented musicians, such as Yo-Yo Ma to take their turn in our Yuletide section.
Allison Krause is one of the most talented performers of our time. It's time for Allison, and a host of assorted talented musicians, such as Yo-Yo Ma to take their turn in our Yuletide section.
 
The movie "A Christmas Story" is the most exposed story in a decade. With this gem, who needs to own the DVD? It drones on and on each Christmas Sesaon, and we are left with vignettes of somebody's memories.
The movie "A Christmas Story" is the most exposed story in a decade. With this gem, who needs to own the DVD? It drones on and on each Christmas Sesaon, and we are left with vignettes of somebody's memories.
 
The Piano Guys are back for Christmas, 2015, and we are blessed to bring you a generous helping of their rare and fun talent videos.
The Piano Guys are back for Christmas, 2015, and we are blessed to bring you a generous helping of their rare and fun talent videos.
 
I actually like Celtic Folk Music ... I like it very much. The Celtic Women are not Celtic Folk singers; however, they do have their place, especially during the Christmas Season.
I actually like Celtic Folk Music ... I like it very much. The Celtic Women are not Celtic Folk singers; however, they do have their place, especially during the Christmas Season.
 
One of the more interesting Christmas songs in modern times is The Pouges's Fairytale of New York released in in 1987. it is hard to believe that the song is over 29 years old.
One of the more interesting Christmas songs in modern times is The Pouges's Fairytale of New York released in in 1987. it is hard to believe that the song is over 29 years old.
 
The Piano Guys are back for Christmas, 2014, and we are blessed to bring you a fourth helping of their rare and fun talent videos.
The Piano Guys are back for Christmas, 2014, and we are blessed to bring you a fourth helping of their rare and fun talent videos.
 
My first knowledge of Josh Groban was from the A.I. soundtrack, which was an outstanding bit of music from a fantastic film - one of Spielberg's best. From that initial brush with Mr. Groban, I discerned that he had a spectacular voice.
My first knowledge of Josh Groban was from the A.I. soundtrack, which was an outstanding bit of music from a fantastic film - one of Spielberg's best. From that initial brush with Mr. Groban, I discerned that he had a spectacular voice.
 
Just this past weekend, December 12, 2015, I experienced a fine local production of the Peter Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker, by the Greenville, North Carolina based NC Academy of Dance Arts / Dance Arts Theatre, featuring guest performers from the New York Ballet, and the Washington Ballet intermingled.
Just this past weekend, December 12, 2015, I experienced a fine local production of the Peter Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker, by the Greenville, North Carolina based NC Academy of Dance Arts / Dance Arts Theatre, featuring guest performers from the New York Ballet, and the Washington Ballet intermingled.
 
In the interest of discovering songs for the season, I found these videos of Jewel singing Christmas Carols live, and I thought I would help all my BCN friends with another serving of her lovely rendering of these most holy melodies.
In the interest of discovering songs for the season, I found these videos of Jewel singing Christmas Carols live, and I thought I would help all my BCN friends with another serving of her lovely rendering of these most holy melodies.
 
Joni Mitchell's poignant "River" represents more than a collection of Christmas moments; it is the cloudy recollection of a clarion warmth that we always hold dear - both joyful and blue.
Joni Mitchell's poignant "River" represents more than a collection of Christmas moments; it is the cloudy recollection of a clarion warmth that we always hold dear - both joyful and blue.
 
Since I was a young adolescent, I have loved the Peanuts Gang. The first installment of Charles Schultz's classic Peanuts Comic Strip on the television was "A Charlie Brown Christmas," which first aired in 1965.
Since I was a young adolescent, I have loved the Peanuts Gang. The first installment of Charles Schultz's classic Peanuts Comic Strip on the television was "A Charlie Brown Christmas," which first aired in 1965.
 
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has always been a favorite of mine in the way that they have always moved at their own pace in their own time.
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has always been a favorite of mine in the way that they have always moved at their own pace in their own time.
 
There is a firm chill in the air and the wind howls, so, I think: What would this frigid day be like for "The Snowman."
There is a firm chill in the air and the wind howls, so, I think: What would this frigid day be like for "The Snowman."
 
It may have been a long time ago and probably today seems corny, but how many of you remember trying to sneak down to get a peek at Santa Claus.
It may have been a long time ago and probably today seems corny, but how many of you remember trying to sneak down to get a peek at Santa Claus.
 
A heart warming story about Ann Margret and her Vietnam gentlemen.
 
Clark Griswold, the iconic well-meaning father of this age, shares his Christmas Vacation with us, and it is one that many of us will never forget.
Clark Griswold, the iconic well-meaning father of this age, shares his Christmas Vacation with us, and it is one that many of us will never forget.
 
I found these (Piano) guys, when I was searching for Christmas Carols, specifically "Carol of the Bells".
I found these (Piano) guys, when I was searching for Christmas Carols, specifically "Carol of the Bells".
 
In the Christmas Spirit: Judy Garland and Mel Torme
 
This may seem unreal for this 1960's /70's rocker, but, I enjoy classical music, and on most occasions, the ballet.
This may seem unreal for this 1960's /70's rocker, but, I enjoy classical music, and on most occasions, the ballet.
 
I found these (Piano) guys, when I was searching for Christmas Carols, specifically "Carol of the Bells".
I found these (Piano) guys, when I was searching for Christmas Carols, specifically "Carol of the Bells".
 
In this most eclectic mix-bag of videos, we stay in the holiday spirit, as we move ever closer to Christmas Day.
In this most eclectic mix-bag of videos, we stay in the holiday spirit, as we move ever closer to Christmas Day.
 
I found these (Piano) guys, when I was searching for Christmas Carols, specifically "Carol of the Bells".
I found these (Piano) guys, when I was searching for Christmas Carols, specifically "Carol of the Bells".
 
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