One of our favorite Christmas traditions is watching Bing Crosby and David Bowie's classic "Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy" performance. The duet originally aired as part of the 1977 TV special "Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas" and no matter how humbuggy we might be feeling around the holidays, it always warms our hearts.
So we admit that we were a little caught off guard to hear that the classic had been re-recorded... and by two comedic actors at that. So after a little trepidation, we watched Jack Black and his "Gulliver's Travels" co-star Jason Segel's animated video for "Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy."
In fairness to them, no one can harmonize quite the way that the greatest crooner and the most stylized rock star could in '77. But the Black-Segel effort has a bit more rock bravado, which should never be undervalued.
Plus all U.S. proceeds of the sale of the song on YouTube go to Blue Star Families. The organization was formed in 2008 by "a group of military spouses to raise the awareness of the challenges of military family life with our civilian communities and leaders," according to the official website.
Hopefully Segal and Black will help raise money for these very worthy families. At least for the holidays, they can enhance the Blue Star Families' motto transforming it from "Support. Connect. Empower." to "Support. Connect. Empower. And Rock"
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And here's the original version of "Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy" for all of you purists out there...