Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Born in a Heat Wave

Born in a heat wave in the middle of July of 1946 and inspired by the old Currier and Ives lithographs, this modern classic was not finished and recorded until February of 1948.

The original was written as an instrumental and remains a great piece for orchestras and was first performed by the Boston Pops Orchestra under Arthur Fiedler in 1949. It  was a hit pressed red record for RCA and became a signature song for the Boston Pops.

It was written by Leroy Anderson who did not record it until 1950 where it reached a best-seller chart in 1952. It was given words in 1950 and The Andrews Sisters did the first vocal recording with the lyrics.

This song has no lyrics that mention Christmas, but it is considered a Christmas song due to the nature of the subject.

The clever use of instruments is what makes this song a classic. With a slapstick for a whip, a block for horse hooves and a trumpet for a whinny, you can see why Sleigh Ride became a Boston Pops signature song.

I found this wonderful rendition by the United States Navy Band from 2012. I hope you enjoy it as much as Harry and I did! If you prefer vocals, in addition to The Andrew Sisters, The Carpenters also did a version of this festive song.

Think of all the presents you can pile into the back of that sleigh! Here are some wonderful gifts to add to the pile.

Heart To Heart Crochet Oval Doily

RSS Designs in Fiber 

Best Dad Ever Heart Shaped Christmas Ornament

Kevs Krafts 

Necklace Artisan Lampwork Floral Heart Pendant Onyx Glass Beads Swarovski Crystals

Magdalene Jewels 

Ranch Red Cable Hearts Scarf with Corkscrew Heart Fringe

Crafting Memories 1 

Red Key Necklace


Red Heart Stud Earrings

Blue Morning Expressions 

Garnet Earrings

Blonde Peach Jewelry 

Heart Necklace

Pretty Gonzo 

Heart Shape Moss Tree Agate Undrilled Polished Stone 30mm

Dianes Dangles 

Black Heart Red Crystal Engraved Love Bead Valentine Gift Earrings

The Singing Beader 

Personalized Bridal Shower Photo Album


Turquoise Mom and Yellow Aragonite Mothers Day Gemstone Necklace Set

Kats All That 

Valentines Hearts Flowers Earrings, Pink Purple Lampwork Jewelry Gift

Shadow Dog Designs 

Heart Beads Purple Handmade Lampwork Beads EDP Shiny Silver 15mm Small

Covergirl Beads 

Enamel Heart Shaped Drop Earrings in Royal Blue with Lotus Flower -Vintage Jewel

Butterfly in the Attic 

Don’t see what you are looking for? Maybe you will find it in some of the following showcases or ask one of our talented artists to design something special for you.
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9

And even more!
War is Over
When Kittens Sing
You Better Watch Out!
Maybe He was Drunk
She was only 13
Sad and Lonely this Holiday Season
It Might Only be a Dream
Dance Through the Streets

Hurry because handmade sells out fast, and when they are gone, they are gone! Buy now.

Technorati Tags:
bluemorningexpressions,blue morning expressions,handmade beads,lampwork beads,handmade jewelry,handmade necklaces,handmade bracelets,handmade earrings,shop handmade,vintage postcards,vintage gifts,handmade christmas gifts,christmas shopping,christmas ornaments,bracelets,necklaces,earrings,knit sweater,knit cowl,neckwarmer,jewelry,christmas carols


  1. LOVE the version from the US Navy Band you shared. And LOVE all the hearty items you shared in the blog. Many thanks, Julie and Harry, for including my earrings. Will share the blog everywhere and tweet and pin the items. HAPPY THANKSGIVING to you and yours - hope it's a glorious one. Desert Moose Dog sends tasty turkey treats to his Florida pal, Hurricane Harry (:

  2. This was a great video. Thank you for the mid week promotion and I will be sharing around. Happy Thanksgiving To All!!

  3. I am so sorry to be so late. I totally forgot. Thank you, Julie and Harry, for including my scarf. Shared everywhere.

    Happy Thanksgiving Everybody!

  4. Thank you Julie for another Christmas Countdown with some great gift ideas. Always look forward to your Christmas Trivia!

  5. Thank you. Love all the heart shapes. Pinned all & G+ post.

  6. Great song selection! Thanks so much, Julie, and special thanks for including my heart necklace. Will pin everything and promote the blog at the usual places. Will do some tweeting too. :)

  7. Thank you, Julie! I'm behind but will get these beauties shared soon. I like to sing Sleigh Ride at Christmas karaoke parties!