This popular Christmas song was first recorded in 1955 by the Von Trapp family of the “Sound of Music” fame under its original title, “Carol of the Drum.” It became widely popular with the 1958 release performed by Harry Simeone. 55 years later, it’s still going strong! What kid doesn’t love to sing “pa-rum-pum-pum-pum?”
I have always been drawn to the song because it is how I think of myself in my relationship with our Lord and Savior. Should I have been one of the fortunate ones to meet Him when He was here in flesh, that is exactly how I would have felt. I have no gift to bring, to lay before the king. So, to honor Him I give what I have: my time, my voice box, my talents. Because the reality is, He gave me those things in the first place and my humble worship would be (and is) to offer them back to Him for His use. Our relationship is not based on what I bring to the table, but rather what He does and He accepts me as I am and His birth created a way for me (and you) to spend eternity with Him.
What makes this arrangement of “The Little Drummer Boy” stand out is the amazing acoustical guitar work along with the multiple key changes, with extra drum beats where you might not expect them. How appropriate! The song draws you in with an intrigue and holds you there, as if you were riveted to your seat watching a mystery unfold right before your eyes and ears. Which of course, is what the birth of Jesus was in fact. A mystery that had been prophesied years before. Sometimes we passively listen to these songs year after year and it takes a new performance to jolt us awake to the amazing reality they are proclaiming. Take a listen and see if you don’t agree.
There you have it. A new rendition of an old song. Hope it was a breath of fresh air for you. It’s one that will run in your head and heart for weeks to come! Royalty extending an invitation a common child to meet Jesus. An experience no one is meant to miss, then or now. May you meet Him, “play your best for him” and live your life to the beat He placed in your heart! Pa-rum–pum-pum-pum!
What new rendition of an old song do you enjoy?