Cape May, NJ (PRWEB) December 17, 2009
In the culmination of a 4,000 mile journey taking over a year, Ron Clancy is introducing twenty-two videos that trace the history of some of the most popular American Christmas carols on his website http://www.christmasclassics.com/christmas-classics-videos.shtml.
The videos, available on his website, provide compelling, little-known personal stories behind the music and act as a partner for Clancy’s American Christmas Classics boxed set-collection spanning 200 years of American Christmas music. The stories, mostly about traditional gems found in the collection, are also about a few carols from his first title Best-Loved Christmas Carols and his fourth book/CD collection Sacred Christmas Music. The music collection, one of the largest and mostly highly copyright protected ever assembled for public sale, represents both secular and religious favorites written in America.
Ron Clancy’s life long dream to create the classics collections combining historical perspective, fascinating stories, period art, song lyrics, and music CDs is a reality and is further augmented by the production of the videos. John Grossmann’s feature article, titled “The Carol King,” details the saga
of Clancy’s ambitious venture and is now available for print on http://www.featurewell.com/?CID=7
The author’s travels started in Savannah, GA, and the “Jingle Bells” Church where the song’s composer, who fought for the Confederacy while his brother fought on the Union side in the Civil War, was music director. Clancy then visited St. Helena, SC, once a port of call for the slave trade, where the spiritual “Mary Had a Baby” may have originated.
The journey continued through North Carolina, Michigan, Boston, New York, and ended in Philadelphia where, amongst other stops, he went to Independence Hall and the Holy Trinity Church on Rittenhouse Square, to shed light on one of our most endearing carols, “O Little Town of Bethlehem.” Its author, Rev. Phillips Brooks, one of country’s most prominent preachers at the time, was grief-stricken over the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln in 1865 and the horrors of the Civil War so, for solace, he went to the Holy Land. As he witnessed a Christmas Eve service there, the Rev. Brooks was inspired to compose his carol poem.
American Christmas Classics special boxed set and 3 CDs is not available in stores but can be ordered from the website for .95 – half off the suggested retail price. There is no better way to celebrate the Christmas holiday than with hours of the most popular Christmas music in the country and a better understanding of how that music was written.
William E. Studwell, a foremost authority on Christmas carols, once wrote: “Clancy’s exceptional publications are probably better than anything I may have produced. I can take vicarious joy in having even a slight connection with these masterpieces of holiday literature. They are the ultimate Christmas collection.”
According to Joel Welin, Herald Tribune, Sarasota, Fl, “Each Season, some company attempts to span the decades of holiday music with a compilation of favorites… and most often falls short… But for timeless carols and songs (no contemporary tuneage here, dude) and immaculate presentation, nothing this season holds a candle to Ronald M. Clancy’s “Best-Loved Christmas Carols” and “American Christmas Classics.”
For more information, visit www.christmasclassics.com or call 1-866-552-7742 toll free to order.