Well, Happy Easter, everyone! In honor of the occasion, let’s do a song more associated with Christmas, since the prompt is “Seasons/Spring/Summer/Fall/Winter.”
“Sleigh Ride” was written as an instrumental by Leroy Anderson, who John Williams (no slouch as a composer himself) called “one of the great American masters of light orchestral music.” He got the idea for the song during the summer of 1946, during a heat wave, and finished the song in 1948. He recorded the song in 1950 with “His Pops Orchestra,” and his recording remains one of the best-selling records during the Christmas season. It’s a perennial favorite of the Boston Pops Orchestra, who recorded in 1949 under conductor Arthur Fiedler; it has been recorded by both subsequent directors of The Pops, John Williams and Keith Lockhart.
Lyrics were added in 1950 by lyricist Mitchell Parish. I found a Karaoke Channel video of the song that includes the lyrics as well as a vocal performance by an anonymous singer who’s singing it a la Johnny Mathis.
And that’s Song Lyric Sunday for April 21, 2019.