We interrupt this week’s Dusty Vinyl Archive to bring you a surprise episode of my original Monday Muzak feature….. good ol’ Mecca Muzak Mondays! Why are we doing this, other than to mess with your heads? Because six years after I spent the month of December 2014 bringing you some of my (very few) favorite Christmas songs from the Mecca Christmas CD that became staples of my holiday in the early 2010’s, I can finally bring you the song I planned to use as the fifth and final installment of that series!
Aren’t you all excited!?!?
Buried among the standards and covers of standards that made up the almost 10 hours packed with Christmas “hits” was an odd instrumental that featured mostly a harpsichord and a saxophone. I had no idea what it was. My overnight manager at the time, who shared my same fascination with the muzak we had to listen to (though like myself and Draliman, we rarely agreed on taste), had no idea what it was. And the CD player that was running the disc from hell only stated that it was “Track 100.”
And so, I was never able to feature this nifty little ditty I liked because I had no artist or title to go off of. Well, without going into details… thanks to our lazy management and that certain major event that happened this year, I was able to procure many of the old Mecca CD’s I so adored for myself back in April! My computer CD reader didn’t want to play them (probably due to years of accumulated dust), but I was finally able to pull up the digital file on the holiday CD’s “Track 100″… and lo and behold, I found my wonderful Christmas earworm! And now, you can listen to it too…
“Little Jesus Sweetly Sleep” does not sound like the title of a song I would like, yet I think this is wonderful! It’s also known as “The Rocking Carol,” and is apparently Czech in origin. From that Wiki link:
The carol is sung in the form of a lullaby to Jesus while rocking the manger as if it were a more modern cradle, as noted by the repetitive chorus of “We will rock you”.
The artist is listed as David Shelley, who is apparently not the best known musician named David Shelley. This David Shelley didn’t sing the blues or help Cher get into her skimpy outfits, but released a handful of Christian oriented music in the early to mid 2000’s, most under the title The David Shelly Ensemble. Because, you know, the word “ensemble” just sounds so badass!
So there ya go! I hope you enjoyed the surprise Christmas-like, and quite unconventional (for The Nest, at least) earworm. Next Monday, we’ll get back to the standard DVA fare that you so love and despise…