Christmas in July

I was planning to make this part of last night’s post and forgot it. Just in case the people who have visited since might be interested, I decided to make it separate.

When we were living in Nebraska, one of my favorite stores was the Christian book store. I think it was The Shepherd’s or something similar. One day, on a whim, I bought an LP titled “‘Specially for Shepherds”—a Christmas cantata by Ralph Carmichael. I got addicted (there’s my personality cropping up again) and I’d play the tape I’d made from it until it would show signs of definite wear and then I’d make another one. There was a “skip” on the record so I even went and bought another only to find it was on that one, too.

Over the years, I went from turntable to CDs and I’d tried in vain to find ‘Specially for Shepherds on CD or even tape. It was something I could listen to any season, not just Christmas. I came up empty and disappointed.

After I started getting online, I’d periodically do a search for the cantata. I’d find descriptions and other people looking for the same thing but never anything I could purchase. Then, last Sabbath, I googled it again. It had been there since September 2006 but only recently came up close enough to the top of the search for me to find it! You can go here to see the album cover. There’s a download link farther down the page. I spent last Sabbath afternoon listening to the music and experiencing old feelings from long ago. It was a unique part of my Nebraska life. I sent the link to DD and DS1 but I haven’t heard their reaction yet. Maybe they don’t have one. Maybe I was the only one who loved it. And, by the way, the skip is still there. Must be on the master recording.

There’s lots of other “LPs, CDs, Cassettes, radio programs, thrift store oddities and any other items I find of interest” by bongolong. I would have given up on some of it if I didn’t have DSL. This person from Anaheim must have an ultra highspeed connection to be able to make all these files available. At any rate, I have “my” cantata now, and you can listen to it, too, if you have the desire. Be forewarned, it’s not anything like any other Christmas cantata you’ve ever heard!

Twinkle has taken up residence on my lap, as per usual. Guess I’d better feed her before I get started on my own breakfast. Looks like it will be a good day for getting some sun but not for playing in the rain we so desperately need. Have a happy rest of the Sabbath!

3 Responses to Christmas in July

  1. Shelley July 26, 2008 at 8:50 am #

    My Dear Tommie: I discovered your blog this morning when I was looking for something else. Isn’t it funny how that goes with the internet sometimes? Your before and during picture gallery is what prodded me to add a comment. I really needed that inspiration today. I am only on day 11 of my dramatically altered way of eating so I feel good but of course it doesn’t show quite yet! 🙂

    Thank you for being such an inspiration!
    Many Blessings,

  2. Tommie July 26, 2008 at 2:17 pm #

    Thanks for the positive feedback, Shelley! It always helps…Good luck with your new lifestyle. Done correctly, it can be the best thing you’ll ever do for yourself.

  3. Shelley July 26, 2008 at 10:32 pm #

    Oh I am so glad you visited me. Thank you so much! I had to come back because I don’t know what you mean about”combinations”, where you said be careful…. my oatmeal raisin recipe from Althea. If you wrote an article and sent me the blog link I would gladly post it. I am sorry if I am overstepping here. I have so much I want to know about this LOL

    Many Blessings, and thanks once again!

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