Welcome to the Nostalgic Ramber

Hans Jeff Borger is heard on WRGE 97.9 FM in Ocala, FL featuring Christian programming.

"The Nostalgic Rambler" radio show previously heard on Gene Martin & Friends has been suspended due to my commitments at WRGE.

Why a blog? I wrote a book "The Little Grownup: a nostalgic Michigan boyhood" which should appeal to most baby boomers. A mass market book? Well, not yet...but the potential is there! (Be sure to buy it at "finer on line bookstores" everywhere!)

The comments presented in "The Nostalgic Rambler" probably won't be of interest to the masses...anymore. If grandma and grandpa and their friends were still alive, then it would be a different story.

I live in the past. My time warp is a comfortable cocoon even if it sometimes drives my wife crazy. The music of the 1940s and 50s, the stars of those days were big stuff in their day, but are now almost forgotten. Oddly enough, I was born in '64 so those iconic years were for the most part over by that time.

Through "The Nostalgic Rambler" I maybe can help share my love and knowledge for those times and things...all at one time important pieces of Americana but now a bit faded in memory.

The woman who did the blog about cooking all of Julia Childs' French Cuisine Cookbook in a year got a sweet movie deal out of her blog experience. I wouldn't mind that but would be happy to know that you are reading this....and maybe enjoying my time warp, too.

Hans Jeff Borger

Saturday, December 18, 2010

A Perry Christmas...Como that is...

It's beginning to look a lot like CHRISTmas....everywhere except on television. In years gone by there were some wonderful classic CHRISTmas programs featuring the CHRISTmas carols America loved. Click here for an excerpt from the "Hollywood Palace" starring Perry Como from the days when Hollywood had class!

About two minutes into this clip Perry sings the song "Christ is Born." Several years ago I found out that Perry had donated much of his music library to the University of Colorado at Boulder. I contacted the archivist there and sure enough, Perry 's original orchestrations for "Christ is Born" is in their archives. It cost a small fortune, but I commissioned the archives to make me copies of the entire orchestration. It is quite interesting to look over all of the parts for various instruments and actually have them in my possession. Of course I used this song for a church CHRISTmas presentation several years ago. What a thrill it was to have Perry's actual arrangement and music to use. Too bad Nick Perito, Perry's musical arranger has also long since passed on as he would have been a fascinating man to talk to.

I found the cassette we recorded my performance on. Unfortunately it wasn't done on a professional sound board and was a one take live performance. I thought I'd share it with you here anyhow as this is an absolutely delightfuly CHRISTmas melody....Along with the song you will also see some of our CHRISTmas decor we have around the house this year.

Click here or try on the box below to see/hear "Christ is Born"

Merry CHRISTmas to you all.....


1 comment:

  1. Who were you singing with? The sound is much better than you led us to believe!

    And while the pictures are nice, seeing your decorations in person is SO much better. Your house is beautifully decorated. :)

    Merry Christmas!