Time for another Music Monday and since this is the holiday season this latest installment will be all about… what else? Christmas!
Even in the depths of bitter war Christmas can bring its indelible influence and for a short time, peace on earth, goodwill toward men can rise above the carnage. Probably no better example is the legendary Christmas Truce of 1914. It was a brief pause in a violent and desperate fight between British and German soldiers on the Western Front during what was called by earlier generations the Great War… more commonly known today as World War One.
This true event made world-wide news and was later memorialized in a ballad as seen through the eyes of a fictional British officer Francis Tolliver. The song was written by American folk singer and story-teller John McCutcheon. My favorite version is performed by the Scottish-Canadian tenor John McDermott. (more…)