The Ivy Style Christmas Mix

For this Christmas, Ivy Style founder Christian Chensvold and contributor/comment leaver Daniel C. Greenwood (“DCG”) are pleased to present a little holiday merry-making. We’d planned to just give you one tune, but ended up with four good takes, so consider this Christmas megamix the equivalent of a Joseph A. Bank sweater sale.

Now the disclaimers:

• We’d never jammed before and had trouble coming in on the same beat, hence all the head-bobbing.

• Session was set up so quickly we didn’t even notice the floor lamp was shining directly into the mirror.

• Computer microphone doesn’t pick up the keyboard well, which sounds soft and thin.

 • Daniel had to read the lyrics on his iPhone

• The Spanish brandy was indeed sherry-like as the sales clerk promised, a bit too much so.

• CC’s handkerchief is sticking out; oddly, not for the first time. It will be taken under advisement.

• Yeti needs a bath.

Merry Christmas from Ivy Style! — CC & DCG

26 Comments on "The Ivy Style Christmas Mix"

  1. Thanks, that’s great stuff! Happy holidays and peace to all. Thanks for another year of interesting reads.

  2. Richard Press | December 23, 2014 at 12:28 pm |

    A delicious warmer upper – already have tix for DCG as Ralph HMS Pinafore Sunday matinee at Skirball Center NYC. Last enjoyed his soaring Wandring Minstrel I in City Center Mikado.

  3. Thanks, today is my birthday. Sitting around the office with nothing to do, no one is scheduled to come in. It’s nice being a Capricorn, just like Jesus, but it’s a bitch to compete with him.

    I’d like to affirm my appreciation to Christian for his work on this blog and his willingness to let free speech reign.

    Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to all!

  4. Charlottesville | December 23, 2014 at 1:31 pm |

    Many thanks, CC, and best wishes for Christmas and the new year. And Mr. Press, not for the first time am I jealous of you. Enjoy Pinafore!

  5. Christmas is Ivy,
    No one Christmas is like the American Christmas.

  6. Vern Trotter | December 23, 2014 at 2:34 pm |

    I cannot hear “O Little Town Of Bethlehem” without sadness because it was written by Phillips Brooks, longtime Rector of Trinity Church Boston and brings back many fond memories of Trinity, long known as the Episcopal Ritz and my church home for many years.

    Best wishes for a Happy Christmas to all the Ivy Style family!

  7. Festive scene. Need more booze. Happy solstice.

  8. This is lovely. You should get more recordings of you guys doing various Ivy schools’ “fight” songs.
    Happy holidays!

  9. Not bad!

  10. I was waiting for AEV to jump into frame and drop his “Control” verse.

  11. Gledelig Jul, Mr. Chensvold.

  12. Chris,in my letter to Santa Claus i would ask an article on Ivy league tuxedo.

  13. Season’s Greetings!

  14. Randy Ventgen | December 24, 2014 at 3:27 am |

    Very nice. Beautiful voice; some of my best compliments came from impromptu settings.

    Vancouver WA

  15. Thanks for the kind words, always a pleasure having some drinks and yelling out a ditty or two. Merry Christmas to natty and nice alike!

  16. @Makaga

    You just gave me an idea.

    And what were we wearing? Me:

    Levi’s 508 in gray
    Sebago docksides in midnight blue
    Brooks university-stripe oxford
    Paul Stuart olive cable sweater


  17. Harley Shetland sweater, khakis, Brooks ocbd, deadstock Made in USA Weejuns, basically my version of jeans and a sweatshirt.

  18. DCG — What kind of khaki’s?

    (Compliments on your clear, trained voice.)

  19. A job very well done, men. If that don’t get ya in the spirit….

  20. A.E.W. Mason | December 24, 2014 at 2:25 pm |

    That was wonderful. And had the extra benefit of expunging all the horrible Christmas music I’ve been hearing out and about lately.

    Many thanks, Christian and DCG, and Merry Christmas to all.

  21. Looking forward to an occasional song from DCG.
    What an excellent, cultured, voice.

  22. Fantastic stuff. Thank you for the song Christian and DCG.. Merry Christmas everyone.

  23. @DCG, very well done with the singing and sartorial selections.

  24. Can’t wait to see your post for New Year’s!

  25. Have a fun idea for an encore but don’t know if we’ll be ready. Daniel’s performing all week with his Gilbert & Sullivan troupe.

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