Christmas with Alabama, Merle Haggard and Bob Hope | Beaufort County Now | It is not an odd grouping at all; One about home, one about hope and one about peace, that about covers it for me. | Bob Hope, Merle Haggard, Alabama, Christmas, chrstms

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Christmas with Alabama, Merle Haggard and Bob Hope

    It is not an odd grouping at all; One about home, one about hope and one about peace, that about covers it for me.

   My contribution to the Christmas song series covers three very distinct variations of the celebration of Christ's birth. The first two songs are secular and remind us about the festivities that are celebrated this time of year. It is a time to reflect on home, family and future prospects.

   The last song is pure simple hope for better world, even in times of crisis.

    Alabama reminds us about Christmas in Dixie, this could be the last year it is allowed to be played.

    But not every family is looking forward to Christmas in a bad economy. Some dad's know it is going to be a rough season but there is hope none the less. Merle Haggard reminds us of how bad a December can be and how he has plans to make it better. Where there is love there is hope.

    And finally,there is the memory of the only Christmas I was away from my family. I was privileged to see the Bob Hope USO show in Chu Chi, Vietnam in 1968. He ended this show as he did all his Christmas shows with a singing of "Silent Night". It was never one of my favorite Christmas songs but that hot afternoon, it became a favorite.

    Silent Night in Vietnam


    Publisher's note: If you are really in the Christmas spirit, or just in the need for more, please click here to access all of the holiday spirit in melody and narrative that BCN can harness and offer for this Yuletide Season.


Latest The Arts

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.
Throughout history, several artists continue to change the world because of their unique approach, style, and beliefs. These are some of the artists that have influenced society today who challenged traditional concepts and urged us to continue redefining modern art.
For the few years that the Turnage Theater did operate as an ongoing concern, they did book at least one Christmas show each year. In 2009, they booked, and I did attend "Christmas the Cowboy Way, featuring the Riders in the Sky.
I'll start my contribution to this series with one of the most beautiful spiritual songs . A musical version of the Catholic Rosary.
Like many, I first heard this song in 1963 when a popular folk group, Peter Paul and Mary, sang in on their album.
It is not an odd grouping at all; One about home, one about hope and one about peace, that about covers it for me.
I always like the old tunes of my youth, but I also like to see or hear contemporary musicians singing the old standards


Veterans Day is a festive celebration by those who returned, married, had kids, worked and retired. We are the one who have reunions and share photos and stories.
Jeff Walker has died October 23, 2020 @ 78 years old
In the Age of Covid, the 2020 CMA awards finally were aired in empty music halls all around Nashville, which much of the music presented, representing this New Country genre served up within these empty spaces, actually deserved.
Joe Biden, the former US Senator from a three county state, and later the Vice President of these United States, picked as a human insurance policy, arguably to remove then president Barrack Hussein Obama from any threat of assassination, is a funny guy.
This is not a “Love it or Leave it” rant. It's a “Make Yourself Happy” article.
Kids appear before you get the relationship with your wife under control and now you are outnumbered. Al Bundy advises they will grow up and run off someday.
Inman is driven toward his inevitable purpose in this love story set against the backdrop of the Civil War in Virginia and North Carolina.


Back to Top