Wow, how to follow up JV's farewell posts? I'll do my best. I will begin with my top ten newly discovered Christmas songs, in no particular order.
Andrews Sisters: Christmas Island
JV and I are in agreeance on this one!
Bill Monroe and His Bluegrass Boys: Christmas Time's A-Comin'
Damn straight it is!
Etta James: Merry Christmas Baby
Merle Haggard: If we make it through December
Good God Merle Haggard is amazing.
Ray Conniff Singers: Here We Come A-Caroling
Rosemary Clooney: Suzy Snowflake
The Crystals: Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Marvin Gaye: I Want to Come Home for Christmas
How relevant is this song still? Then again, it's Marvin, who's forever relevant. This is hands down one of my all time favorite Christmas songs, and I wish I had heard it sooner.
John Fahey: Medley: The Holly and the Ivy/The Cherry Tree Carol
I wonder what John Fahey dreamt about.
I don't know if this is ten, but what the hell. Here's some more goodies:
Jackie Wilson: It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Canned Heat: Christmas Blues
Try, try again
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles: Jingle Bells
Dylan considers Smokey the best American poet ever. What do you think?
Lena Horne: Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!
Seriously, let it. What's with this 50 degree crap?!
Diana Ross and the Supremes: Joy to the World
Spinal Tap: Christmas with the Devil
There's a fine line between clever and stupid
More to come, including my Top Ten Favorites ever, and much, much more!
Safe travels to you JV! Thanks again for the gifts, you kind soul.