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Christmas Jukebox 5

Today is a blue Christmas

“Merry Christmas Baby” – Elvis Presley

“Christmas Blues” – Lightnin’ Hopkins

“Sonny Boy’s Christmas” – Sonny Boy Williamson

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December 22, 2009 Posted by | Blues, Christmas, Old Music | , , , | Leave a comment

Christmas Jukebox 4

It’s just another Easy Listening Monday

“It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year” – Andy Williams

Perhaps the unlikeliest Christmas video of them all

December 21, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, Old Music, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

Let It Snow

“White As Snow” – U2

Where I came from there were no hills at all
The land was flat, the highways straight and wide
My brother and I would drive for hours
Like years instead of days
Our faces as pale as the dirty snow

Once I knew there was a love divine
Then came a time I thought it knew me not
Who can forgive forgiveness where forgiveness is not
Only the lamb as white as snow

And the water, it was icy
As it washed over me
And the moon shone above me

Now this dry ground it bears no fruit at all
Only poppies laugh under the crescent moon
The road refuses strangers
The land the seeds we sow
Where might we find the lamb as white as snow

As boys we would go hunting in the woods
To sleep the night shooting out the stars
Now the wolves are every passing stranger
Every face we cannot know
If only a heart could be as white as snow
If only a heart could be as white as snow

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December 20, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, Old Music, Video | , | Leave a comment

Christmas Jukebox 3

Sunday Jazz Special

Jingle Bells” – Duke Ellington

“Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” – Dave Brubeck Quartet

“O Come All Ye Faithful” – Chet Baker

December 20, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, Jazz, Old Music | , , , | Leave a comment

Christmas Jukebox 2

First up my favourite Christmas song of the present from Over The Rhine

“Snow Angel” – Over The Rhine

Once upon a winter
It seems so long ago
My one and only love and I
Fell down upon the snow

And as the dusk was falling
From our gray and goose down sky
We heard the old cathedral bells
Ring out our lullaby

Snow angel, snow angel
Someday I’m gonna fly
This cold and broken heart of mine
Will one day wave goodbye
Goodbye to this cruel wicked world
And all the tears I’ve cried
Snow angel, snow angel
I’ll meet you in the sky

The rumors of a distant war
Called my true love’s name
He packed his leather suitcase
And spoke no word of blame
We walked awhile together
I tried to hide my fear
He told me not to be afraid
And whispered in my ear

Snow angel, snow angel
Someday I’m gonna fly
This cold and broken heart of mine
Will one day wave goodbye
Goodbye to this cruel wicked world
And all the tears I’ve cried
Snow angel, snow angel
I’ll meet you in the sky

They brought my love home from the war
In a cart pulled by white mules
The Christmas bells rang out that day
Oblivious as fools

And as the snow began to fall
I kissed his frozen face
They told me in his woolen coat
His last few words were placed

Snow angel, snow angel
Someday I’m gonna fly
This cold and broken heart of mine
Will one day wave goodbye
Goodbye to this cruel wicked world
And all the tears I’ve cried
Snow angel, snow angel
I’ll meet you in the sky

………………………..and now from the past

December 19, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, Old Music, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

Christmas Jukebox

Despite all my efforts it seems that Christmas cannot be ignored although I would rather draw the curtains and turn out the lights sometimes you have got to put on a face and get on with it.

Christmas only comes once a year and as such you need to let it happen as you never know what might be right around the next corner.

So to make posting easy for the coming week my concentration will be on the festive song, hopefully you will find some new holiday songs you can actually enjoy and hopefully some will re-kindle childhood memories or memories forgotten after dubious office parties.

First up a nice new cover version of an old Jim Reeves standard from the great Camera Obscura

“The Blizzard” – Camera Obscura

There’s a blizzard comin’ on how I’m wishin’ I was home
For my pony’s lame and he can’t hardly stand
Listen to that northern sigh if we don’t get home we’ll die
But it’s only seven miles to Mary Anne
It’s only seven miles to Mary Anne
You can bet we’re on her mind for it’s nearly christmas time
And I’ll bet there’s hot biscuits in the pan
Lord, my hands feel like they’re froze and there’s a numbness in my toes
But, it’s only five more miles to Mary Anne
It’s only five more miles to Mary Anne
That wind’s howlin’ and it seems mighty like a woman’s screams
So we’d best be movin’ faster if we can
Dan just think about that barn with that hay so soft and warm
For it’s only three more miles to Mary Anne
It’s only three more miles to Mary Anne
Dan get up you ornery cuss or you’ll be the death of us
I’m so weary but I’ll help you if I can
All right Dan perhaps it’s best that we stop awhile and rest
For it’s still a hundred yards to Mary Anne
It’s still a hundred yeards to Mary Anne
Late that night the storm was gone and they found him there at dawn
He’d a made it but he couldn’t leave ol’ Dan
Yes, they found him there on the plains his hands frozed to the reins
He was just a hundred yards from Mary Anne
He was just a hundred yards from Mary Anne

Now didn’t that just cheer you all up.

No?

Well try this then

“Zat You Santa Claus?” – Louis Armstrong

‘Zat You, Santa Claus?
Gifts I’m preparing for some Christmas sharing,
But I pause because,
Hanging my stocking I can hear a knocking.
‘Zat you, Santa Claus?
Sure is dark out, ain’t the slightest spark out.
‘Pon my slackened jaw!
Who’s there? Who is it stopping for a visit?
‘Zat you, Santa Claus?
Are you bringing a present for me,
Something pleasantly pleasant for me?
Then it’s just what I’ve been waiting for.
Would you mind slipping it under the door?
Cold winds are howling, or could that be growling?
My legs feel like straws.
My my oh me my, kindly would you reply?
‘Zat you, Santa Claus?
Hanging the stocking, I can hear a knocking.
‘Zat you, Santa Claus?
I say, who’s there, who is it? Are you stopping for a visit?
‘Zat you, Santa Claus?
Oh there, Santa, you gave me a scare.
Now stop teasing cause I know you’re there.
We don’t believe in no goblins today,
But I can’t explain why I’m shaking that way.
Bet I can see ole Santa in the keyhole.
I’ll get to the cause.
One peek and I’ll try there; oh oh, there’s an eye there!
‘Zat you, Santa Claus?
Please, please, pity my knees!
Say that’s you, Santa Claus!

December 18, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, Jazz Vocal, New Music, Old Music | , , | Leave a comment

Friday Fun

Who needs a X-Factor Christmas No1 when we can have this classic

Santa send me some earplugs………….now!

December 18, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, Humour, Video | , | Leave a comment

Lennon Tapes

Never-before-heard audio tapes of John Lennon warming up during the making of the Double Fantasy album have reportedly surfaced.

The website Lennontapes.com has begun selling the 13-minute recording, which it claims was tracked on 19 August 1980, at The Hit Factory in New York City.

The snippets that we heard appear to be authentic. They contain Lennon warming up in the sound booth on covers that were possibly recorded by never released: Bobby Darin’s Dream Lover, the doo-wop classic Stay and Elvis Presley’s hit Mystery Train.

Although the rights to the audio would presumably belong to Yoko Ono, Lennontapes is selling the recording. To hear snippets and read the backstory, click here.

Source www.musicradar.com

“I’m Losing You” – John Lennon

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December 13, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, New News, Old Music, Video | , | Leave a comment

Herbie Hancock

Today is the first day of December and whilst the mere thought of Christmas this year breaks my heart there is no avoiding it.

So here as an early token gesture is Herbie Hancock with a cover of the Joni Mitchell classic “River” with Corinne Bailey Rae as the guest vocalist’.

“River” – Herbie Hancock with Corinne Bailey Rae

It’s coming on Christmas
They’re cutting down trees
They’re putting up reindeer
And singing songs of joy and peace
Oh I wish I had a river
I could skate away on
But it don’t snow here
It stays pretty green
I’m going to make a lot of money
Then I’m going to quit this crazy scene
I wish I had a river
I could skate away on
I wish I had a river so long
I would teach my feet to fly
Oh I wish I had a river
I could skate away on
I made my baby cry

He tried hard to help me
You know, he put me at ease
And he loved me so naughty
Made me weak in the knees
Oh I wish I had a river
I could skate away on
I’m so hard to handle
I’m selfish and I’m sad
Now I’ve gone and lost the best baby
That I ever had
Oh I wish I had a river
I could skate away on
I wish I had a river so long
I would teach my feet to fly
Oh I wish I had a river
I could skate away on
I made my baby say goodbye

It’s coming on Christmas
They’re cutting down trees
They’re putting up reindeer
And singing songs of joy and peace
I wish I had a river
I could skate away on

On paper, River sounds like a match made in several versions of heaven. Legendary pianist Herbie Hancock re-imagines Joni Mitchell with his hand-picked, star-studded band–including saxophonist Wayne Shorter–in tow. Luminary guests lend vocals to a song apiece: Norah Jones (“Court and Spark”), Tina Turner (“Edith and the Kingpin”), Corinne Bailey Rae (“River”), Luciana Souza (“Amelia”), Leonard Cohen (with an unsettlingly sanguine version of “The Jungle Line”), even Mitchell herself (“Tea Leaf Prophecy”). In the event, though, a few fundamental elements go awry. Hancock plays with almost saccharine understatement throughout, and even Shorter’s seminal “Nefertiti” and Duke Ellington’s “Solitude” fall into the album’s presiding, somnolent surface, though to a lesser degree does the instrumental version of Mitchell’s “Sweet Bird.” But girding, and in some measure, saving, the proceedings, the lyrics here testify to a subtler wisdom guiding Hancock’s set list. The mix includes a continuum from intrepid classics to dusty, fans-only fare, but a distinct reverence for Joni Mitchell the Poet threads them together, and, in the end, this album works best as a sleepy window into one fan’s giddy and particular love affair with his source material. Fans of Hancock win out. –Jason Kirk

Source www.amazon .com

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December 1, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, Jazz Vocal, Old Music, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

Queen Back In ’75

 

 

Last night BBC2 showed the classic Old Grey Whistle Test Hammersmith Odeon Queen concert from 24th December 1975, I was transported back in time to guitars amd microphones with leads and the memories of watching this on my black & white portable in my bedroom in the days way before video recording was possible.

The Christmas Eve concert was essential viewing as it was one of the rare opportunnities to see concerts on the box.

Santa was good to me that year delivering the at the time all conquering “Night At The Opera”

and what to this day remains my all time favourite album The Who’s  “Quadrophenia”

 

So sit back and enjoy Queen

November 28, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, Video | , | Leave a comment

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