David and Friends: A PBS Christmas Special

Imagine, if you will, David achieving enough status to warrant a Christmas TV special of his own.

He would start the show with a powerhouse rendering of “Joy to the World,” then rouse the crowd with a merry take on “Pat-a-Pan.”

He would slow things down with “Silent Night,” then welcome his first guest, Charice, to join him on a duet of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

David’s generosity would allow her to sing her own carol offering, say something like “Do You Hear What I Hear?”

Afterwards, a children’s choir opens with the first few notes of “Ave Maria” before The Voice joins them, and then a fun take on “Sleigh Bells” with the same choir.

David then introduces his next musical guest, his very own idol, Natalie Cole, who honors him with a duet to her late father’s classic, “The Christmas Song” (which, of course, David would let the audience know he used to call this “The Chestnutt Song”).

From there, Natalie will offer a rendition of “It’s Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home),” and David joins her in a final duet with “Carol of the Bells” (replete with the children’s choir  and a handbell choir – can’t you just imagine it?).

In the second half, David begins “What Child is This” a capella before the orchestra crescendoes with him.  Then, he sings “Riu Riu Chiu” before he is joined on a duet of “Feliz Navidad” with his next musical guest, Jordin Sparks, who offers her own rendition of “O Come All Ye Faithful,” before joining David in another duet  with “The First Noel.”

Towards the end, David invites all his guests to join him on “Melodies of Christmas” with the choir, before his grand finale of “O Holy Night.”

Not a bad way to spend your holiday evening, eh?

All I know is, this is two years in a row in which I’ve been privileged to watch David on my tele during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  He has now become a staple, and I look forward to the day when he gets his own Christmas special rather than be someone’s guest.

Posted on November 28, 2010, in performance. Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. Yes, it would be absolutely wonderful to watch David on his own Christmas special. Someday

  2. Now that gives me the chills! 🙂

  3. Wow, HG, love your future David special! Got my DVR all ready. 🙂

  4. I agree!! Would also like to hear Mary Did you Know? I ladore that song, and would love an updated version from that pre-idol one.

    I do wish that David did an annual Holday concert series. I know it is expensive and exhausting- but I was so hoping for another CFTH tour this year that maybe stopped in Fla. 🙂

  5. yaaa!~ Pat a Pan is up – credit zpfxlrdnajs’s

    • sorry……rae….didn’t see your post before I did mine…..

      • that’s ok. I love how he seems to strike the drum when he sings the line “drums on which to play”
        The sound and picture quality amazing!!

      • He does such a great job here. I have favorited both Silent Night & Pat-a-Pan to save in my you tube favs.

  6. Crystal clear audio & video of Pat-a-Pan by David for Celtic Christmas special on PBS:

    credit to zpfxlrdnajs

  7. I definitely see David having a Christmas special of his own in the future!

    In the Pat-A-Pan video, you can’t see faces but you can see portions of the audience begin to rise in standing ovation at 3:03. I’m sure they’re the Archies/Arch Angels.

  8. HG ~ If only . . . !

    This may sound odd, but I watched a PBS special a while ago about Andy Williams. Back in the day, he had his own variety show and he did duets with all of the popular singers of the time: Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Pearl Bailey, Ray Charles, Johnny Mathis, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peggy Lee, etc. . . . He was really good and kept up with the best of them.

    I think David could totally pull off something like that – with current artists but also with legends such as Tony Bennett, etc. I’d watch it 🙂

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