David Jones, artist and poet (1895-1974) begins his PREFACE TO THE ANATHEMATA :

'I have made a heap of all that I could find.' (1) So wrote Nennius, or whoever composed the introductory matter to Historia Brittonum. He speaks of an 'inward wound' which was caused by the fear that certain things dear to him 'should be like smoke dissipated'. Further, he says, 'not trusting my own learning, which is none at all, but partly from writings and monuments of the ancient inhabitants of Britain, partly from the annals of the Romans and the chronicles of the sacred fathers, Isidore, Hieronymous, Prosper, Eusebius and from the histories of the Scots and Saxons although our enemies . . . I have lispingly put together this . . . about past transactions, that [this material] might not be trodden under foot'. (2)

(1) The actual words are coacervavi omne quod inveni, and occur in Prologue 2 to the Historia.
(2) Quoted from the translation of Prologue 1. See The Works of Gildas and Nennius, J.A.Giles, London 1841.

23 December 2013

A Christmas Tradition: Carols by Strobe Light

This article is about the 2013 Christmas tableau vivant 'The Little Drummer Boy' (Theatre of the Actors of Regard / mini cine).

For the movie about a little drummer boy who does not want to grow up, see 'The Tin Drum' (film). For the 1968 stop motion animated film, see 'The Little Drummer Boy' (TV special). 
For this article of Christmas Greetings from 
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The Little Drummer Boy (originally known as Carol of the Drum) is a popular Christmas song written by the American classical music composer and teacher Katherine Kennicott Davis in 1941. It was recorded in 1955 by the Trapp Family Singers and further popularized by a 1958 recording by the Harry Simeone Chorale. That version was re-released successfully for several years and the song has been recorded many times since. 

Jimi Hendrix recorded a cover of the song in 1969. This was later included on his 1999 holiday EP, 'Merry Christmas & Happy New Year'. It was this that inspired T.A.R. and mini cine to create their version for bLOGOS/HA HA

In the lyrics, The Little Drummer Boy tells how, as a poor young boy, he was summoned by the Magi to the nativity where, without a gift for the infant Jesus, he played his drum (and Jimi played his guitar) with the Virgin Mary's approval. He recalls, "I played my best for Him" and "He smiled at me".    (With thanks to Wikipedia)


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