December 23 – Christmas Classics

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Leroy Anderson: Sleigh Ride
If you’re a regular Explore Music listener, you just KNEW this would happen at Christmastime—the Leroy Anderson piece we’ve all known since childhood, “Sleigh Ride!” You’ve heard it a million times before, but did you know Anderson wrote the song during a heat wave in the middle of July 1946 at his summer home in Woodbury, Conn.? Anderson had no idea it would become such a hit, no less a Christmastime favorite…because its first iteration had no words!

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