December 21, 2008

Only Three Days Left!

I’ll be closing up shop here on Tuesday evening. Until then, I’ll try to get requests and reposts up, but I’m also going to be posting some of my favorites.

Thanks for all the great comments on the post yesterday—it means a lot that so many people follow this site. And thanks for the requests. I hope I hit on all of them, or at least tried. I hate to be that Santa who delivers something that’s kind of like what you wanted, but in some cases, that’s what you’re getting. Some of the songs I have, some I don’t—and with PC away in cold, cold Cleveland, I’m on my own these days. But hey, it’s the thought that counts, right?

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Andy Williams

Indeed, no matter else happens, it is the most wonderful time of the year. As Stephen Colbert said, there are a lot worse things to believe in.

77 Santas – Gayla Peevey
Oh, Gayla. I believe I’m on Santa Number 39—and I think that’s just about half-way and a good cliff-hanger for next season.

The Christmas Waltz – Peggy Lee
Smokey and sexy.

The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late) – Alvin and the Chipmunks
For the record, I never once received a hula-hoop for Christmas.

Lonely Christmas – Ferlin Husky
He sure delivers on this one.

There’s Trouble Brewin’ – Jack Scott
Makes me want to drink lots of coffee and read beatniks.

Please Daddy, Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas – Kelly Willis and Bruce Robinson

This is one of the saddest out there—and I prefer it to John Denver’s.

(Christmas Is) The Saddest Day of the Year – Jill Sobule
I picked this up from The Late Greats, a very good blog you can find on our links list.

Mama’s Twistin’ with Santa Claus – Mark Anthony
This one is great fun.

Carol of the Bells – John Fahey
This one is for PC—we both love us some Fahey. He was a master.

Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home) – Darlene Love
I know—nobody requested this song but me. Well, this is just to serve as a reminder that you to watch The Late Show with David Letterman on Tuesday night. Dave will welcome Jay Thomas and he’ll tell his always entertaining Lone Ranger story—and of course they’ll try to knock the meatball off the tree. But the highlight of the night (and honestly, as silly as this sounds, one of the highlights of my entire year) is the performance by Darlene Love. Last year, the writer’s strike sent The Late Show into hiatus. But prior to that, I hadn’t missed a performance for well over a decade. I love this song so much it hurts. And there is something about seeing Darlene perform this live that just warms me inside and brings a tear to my eye. When I die, it doesn’t matter to me what anyone says or who carries my casket, but I want this song played. I don’t care if I kick in the dead heat of July—play this song for me.

My mom and I always watch Dave together that night. It’s one of those traditions (like going to see Penn State basketball with my friend Rud) that I’ve done for years. To some people, the stuff might seem silly, but it means the world to me, and it’s something I look forward all year long. Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it home to see Penn State win by 28-points this afternoon. And sadly, I will not be sitting living room with my mom to watch Dave together—the first time ever. I guess she can tape it. Not quite the same, but at least we can see it together, which is certainly better than not at all.


Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas Santa thank you so much for the great music selections...including the Chipmunk are the best

Durge & The Oldies said...

This is my first stop by 77 Santas and before this I would not have even recognized Darlene Love as the singer of that song. I also never watch Letterman so I was totally unaware of the tradition with this performance. I watched the video out of curiosity and have to say that I see exactly what you mean. What a nice tradition you have with your mom, this song is mighty powerful. And Darlene still does it now, 13 years after this video, 23 years running? Thanks for sharing the special story and music, and Happy 2009 Santa.