Sunday, December 30, 2007
Should old acquaintance be forgot, and auld lang syne ?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
The most direct translation of the Scots phrase 'auld lang syne' is 'old long since'. Singing the song at the stroke of midnight has been a New Year's tradition the whole world around for many years. The song has been around since the late 1700's. More on 'Auld Lang Syne'
The recording by Guy Lombardo can be heard when the ball comes down at midnight every year in Times Square.
Guy Lombardo :: Auld Lang Syne
Have a happy and safe New Year's celebration!
Saturday, December 22, 2007
I truly, truly love Louis 'Satchmo' Armstrong's reading of "'Twas The Night Before Christmas"! It is another treasure from a man who himself was a beloved treasure. This one's gonna make you smile and feel warm all over!
Louis Armstrong :: 'Twas The Night Before Christmas
So pour yourself a tall glass of milk, curl under a blankie and enjoy this one before going to bed on Christmas Eve.
As timeless as A Charlie Brown Christmas, the soundtrack to the annual television classic contains music that will be weaved into Christmas memories for generations to come.
So many great Christmas songs; it's hard to pick just a few more to share with you...
Run D.M.C. :: Christmas In Hollis
Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band :: Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
David Bowie and Bing Crosby :: Peace On Earth / Little Drummer Boy
Finally, let me share some Beatles / Lennon / McCartney with you.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
In Danbury, Connecticut... Woman Accused of Groping Santa (link to news story)
Eartha Kitt :: Santa Baby
Mae West :: Put The Loot In The Boot, Santa
John Mellencamp :: I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
Jackson 5 :: I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
"I believe you've just discovered the South Pole."
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Bing Crosby :: White Christmas
Nat King Cole :: The Christmas Song
Frank Sinatra :: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Gene Autry :: Here Comes Santa Claus (Down Santa Claus Lane)
You know the Dap-Kings from their work with Amy Winehouse, tapped by producer Mark Ronson to supply that 1960's R&B flow on her album Back To Black.
Once again they bring the funk and infuse Sharon Jones' bold, soulful voice with a swing reminicent of classic Motown/Stax records. This is The Daptone Sound! Daptone Records
100 Days, 100 Nights
And Daptones limited release single:
Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)
>>>This is HOT! d/l now!!!
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Bobby Helms :: Jingle Bell Rock
Brenda Lee :: Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree
... and a couple Christmas classics that really rock!
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers :: Christmas All Over Again
The Ramones :: Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight)
Saturday, December 1, 2007
If you're old enough to remember 1983, it goes without saying that Michael Jackson was HUGE. Musically and culturally speaking. (Man, I wanted one of those 'Beat It' Jackets!) While times have indeed changed; the first copy of Thriller I listened to was my cousin's vinyl LP; every music artist today stands meekly in the shadow cast by Michael Jackson. The 2007 Hannah Montana wouldn't hold up next to a lock of singed Jheri curl of 1983 Michael Jackson. (The infamous Pepsi commercial)
To give you an appreciation, the total album sales of the top ten albums of 2006 (all ten COMBINED) fall short of Thriller's total sales. And to decry that I'm comparing 25 years of sales would only reinforce my point. The impact on album sales for today's music artists in the Digital Age of Music notwithstanding, Michael Jackson went from superstar to global icon upon the unleashing of Thriller.
Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' (Remix featuring Akon)