I have twelve websites to work on today, so I’m giving you a quick, sprightly song: The Shepherd’s Pipe Carol. Written by John Rutter in 1966 when he was still a student, this is a good song to play while working, because it has a bouncy tune and lots of cheerful flute stuff going on.

It’s not that great for casual singing, though, since without the flute and piccolo it isn’t much. Here are the lyrics in case you’re determined, but I think that the first time you sing, “May I come with you, shepherd boy piping merrily?” without the pleasure of looking forward to the piping, you’ll relegate it to “Frosty the Snowman” status.

Never mind. Life is real, life is earnest, and there’s lots of work to do!