(November 22, 2006)
F. "CHIP" ARCURI
Owner/Webmaster of The Yule Log.com
Christmas greetings to all and welcome the first installment of “Chip’s
Tips” here on the Yule Log.com. This will
be a forum on the website where I will post periodic columns about anything
and everything having to do with Christmas music, artists, and pretty much
anything else my yuletide self would like to write about. Also from this
point forward, you can send me questions directly at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or if you prefer, like before, on the Yule Log.com Message
Board – where as most of you know, my moniker is Christmas
But for those of you who are new to the site and have never been on the message board and read my introductory post, a little bit about me:
I have been lover of Christmas music from the time I was a young child, and an avid collector and connoisseur of Christmas music for over 34 years now. As a result of all the years amassing this collection, which has become quite prodigious to say the least, I have developed an extensive and comprehensive knowledge of Christmas music. What’s more, because I have very eclectic taste in music to begin with, my Christmas collection covers practically all musical genres: Easy Listening, Rock, Country, Jazz, Folk, R&B, Hawaiian, Gospel, Soul, and more. So, please send me an inquiry via the website or the message board if you should have any questions regarding Christmas music: songs, albums, artists, release dates, etc. I will do my best to answer them as expeditiously as possible.
Now, for this first installment of “Chip’s Tips,” I would like to just take this opportunity to express a few personal thoughts regarding my role in the Yule Log restoration:
In this endeavor, I tried to impart as little artistic impression on the program as I could, as I wanted this to be a historically accurate reproduction of the original program as conceived by the show's creator Fred Thrower, who was the general manager of the station at the time. However, I did have to make some decisions regarding the arrangement, but only as a result of a lack of historical record, and forgive me for saying immodestly -- that I'm glad it was me who made them. Quite frankly, there is probably no one who knows this program -- or I dare say, Christmas music in general, better than I do.
With about half of the songs on the Yule Log currently out of print, I’m proud to say that the task of this restoration could never have been accomplished without utilizing the invaluable resource of my Christmas music collection. Consequently, this is where I take my greatest joy: that if it weren't for all my years of collecting, none of this would have even been possible.
because today there are so few forums that showcase Christmas music from
its golden age of the 1950s and 1960s, I am also thrilled and delighted
that in a very special and unique way I have also contributed to the preservation
and legacy of not only the music, but to these great artists who have
given me so much pleasure over the years: Percy Faith, Mantovani, Ray
Conniff, Fred Waring And The Pennsylvanians, Frank DeVol, Robert Shaw,
Norman Luboff, Andre Kostelanetz, The Living Strings, Al Hirt, Paul Mauriat,
David Rose, among so many others. It is through my contribution to this
project that I feel I am able to honor and pay them back in some way:
quid pro quo.
A Very Merry Christmas in advance!
Lawrence F. “Chip” Arcuri