What’s up, dudes? It’s Candlemas and the end of the Christmas Cycle, so we have to talk about the Nativity and the visit of the Magi in the Rankin Bass special “The Little Drummer Boy” with R/B Biographer and Historian Rick Goldschmidt and Anthony Caruso from ‘Tis the Podcast! Orphaned drummer boy Aaron hates humanity, but finds his life changed forever when he meets three wise men on the way to Bethlehem.
Young Aaron lives an idyllic drumming life with his parents and pet animals. When bandits kill his parents and burn his farm, Aaron necessarily begins to hate all humanity. His hatred burns hotter after merchant Ben Haramed kidnaps him and forces him to perform his dancing animal drum trick to the masses.
When the magi lose a camel, Ben Haramed sells Aaron’s pet to them. Infuriated, Aaron follows them to Bethlehem where they all encounter the newborn Christ child. The baby Jesus heals Aaron’s injured sheep, and the young drummer offers his musical gift to the King. Spoilers: Aaron’s heart is melted.
Dancing animals? Yep. Drumming orphan? Of course. Horrendous murder by desert bandits?! Definitely! So grab your drum, paint on your smile, and join the caravan to this episode on Rankin Bass “The Little Drummer Boy!”