Posts Tagged ‘holidays’

I Wanna Spend Christmas With Elvis

December 11, 2017

“I Wanna Spend Christmas With Elvis,” written by Don Kirshner and Bobby Darin, performed by “Debbie Dabney” (or “Marlene Paul,” apparently Marlene Ver Planck). Accompanists include guitarist Kenny Burrell.

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I Want Eddie Fisher for Christmas

December 11, 2017

“I Want Eddie Fisher for Christmas,” written by Joan Javitz (Javits) and Phil Springer, the pair who wrote “Santa Baby.” Recorded by Betty Johnson in 1954.

Eddie Fisher was a dreamy pop idol of the 1950s, Carrie Fisher‘s dad.

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My Boyfriend’s Coming Home For Christmas

December 11, 2017

“My Boyfriend’s Coming Home For Christmas,” written and performed by Toni Wine, a prodigious Brill Building songwriter and uncredited session backup singer on many rock and pop hits. She wrote and recorded this holiday tune in 1963, when she was 16 years old. Ms. Wine later left New York for Memphis, where she worked with (and married) record producer Chips Moman.

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Everything’s Gonna Be Cool This Christmas

December 10, 2017

“Everything’s Gonna Be Cool This Christmas”, written by Mark Oliver Everett, recorded by his group Eels. This is an acoustic version of the brisk full-band electric rendition. Both are featured in the soundtrack of the film “Unaccompanied Minors.”

Lyrics here.

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If We Make It Through December

December 10, 2017

“If We Make It Through December” written and performed by Merle Haggard, 1973. Johnny Gimble on fiddle, Bobby Wayne on lead guitar.

“I got laid off down at the factory
And their timing’s not the greatest in the world
Heaven knows I been workin’ hard
I wanted Christmas to be right for daddy’s girl
Now I don’t mean to hate December
It’s meant to be the happy time of year
And why my little girl don’t understand
Why daddy can’t afford no Christmas here.”

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All I Want is Truth (for Christmas)

December 9, 2017

“All I Want is Truth (for Christmas),” written and performed by Laura Burhenn with her band The Mynabirds.

Laura Burhenn @ TEDx

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I Want You for Christmas

December 9, 2017

“I Want You For Christmas,” written by Sam H. Stept with lyrics by Ned Washington and Charles Tobias, recorded by Mae Questel in 1937. Ms. Questel is best known as the voice of Betty Boop and Olive Oyl in cartoons.

More:

“Mae Questel: A Reminiscence, History and Perspective,” Andrew J. Lederer, Animation World Network

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It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas

December 9, 2017

“It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas,” written by Meredith Willson, and recorded by Perry Como and The Fontane Sisters with Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra in 1951. You probably know this as “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” the first line.

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Big Savings!

November 24, 2017

Big Savings!

The Friday after Thanksgiving or ”Black Friday“ is reserved by global corporations for whipping Americans into a frenzy of over-consumption.  Millions camp out and line up for hours hoping for bargains. Most end up buying things they don’t need at prices they can’t afford.

Save big today. Don’t buy a single thing. If you want to spend something, spend the day with friends and family. Spend time at the library; borrow a book and spend time reading it. Spend time making something. You’re not what you buy. You’re not a “consumer.” You’re a human being.

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Thanksgiving Greetings from William S. Burroughs

November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving Greetings from William S. Burroughs
A holiday poem from Williams S. Burroughs: “Thanks for the wild turkey and the passenger pigeons …”
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