BlogCast: Tom’s Top 20 Countdown “2” Christmas: Song 2

A holiday tradition can sometimes start where and when least expected.

Talk show host David Letterman certainly found that out. He presided over NBC’s Late Night from 1982 – 1993 and CBS’s Late Show from 1993 – 2015. From 1986 to 2014, he kept multiple millions of his loyal fans (inclusive of yours truly) tuning in, annually, to watch and be wowed by songstress Darlene Love… to hear her sing her heart out while performing the holiday classic, Christmas, Baby Please Come Home.

Letterman’s sidekick, music director and musical genius, Paul Shaffer, never ceased to top his previous years’ already superb musical scores… his efforts even further enhanced by stunning, festive decor, lighting and visual effects (e.g. simulated snowfall).

The lead video, above, features Love’s spectacular final Late Show performance in 2014.

I’m also including Love’s 2002 appearance for it has extra-special meaning to me. That year was my Mom’s last Christmas on Earth… the last time we had watched it together. Setting my sentimentality aside, this clip also provides us a really cool comparison of Shaffer’s scores.

For the real diehard Letterman fans I’m also including Love’s 1986 debut performance, as well. Sorry for the substandard audio quality but this clip is from a pre-digital TV era.

For those who would like to be wowed even further, check out the magnificent, post-production work of an editor, who mashed up several of Love’s performances.

Naturally, I’d never forget those of us who’ll enjoy ear witnessing the 1963, recording studio birth of this song.

A few days ago, my fave online news source, HuffPo, reported some great news! NBC Tonight Show Host Jimmy Fallon along with Anna Kendrick, Darlene Love & The Roots raised their voices in song… this very song… Christmas, Baby Please Come Home. With Letterman now in retirement, we can only hope Fallon’s talk show will become Love’s new venue… that she’ll be back for many more years to come. After all…

A (new) holiday tradition can sometimes start where and when least expected.

 

I thank you for your listenership and cordially invite you back for the final installment of 2017’s Top 20 Countdown “2” Christmas… where I’ll be presenting song #1 tomorrow… Christmas Day.

 

Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays to all and to all a Good Night!

 

You’re also cordially invited to click back here for my regular monthly BlogCast… one that typically features anywhere from 3 to 5 songs that, when segued, transform everything into an appealing theme… this program slated to hit the www “airwaves” on Monday, January 1, 2018.

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BlogCast ~ Our Pleas For Peace, Love & Understanding

 

So glad you’ve been able to safely and sanely survive the holiday rush and, yet, find some time to spend here for our holiday get-together.

Giving credit where credit is due, my thanks to Elvis Costello because a portion of one of his song titles inspired my blog title. My undying thanks and mega-kudos to all the YouTube recording artists, videograhphers and contributors who have cast their creative, brilliance upon my Holiday BlogCast. Obviously, my show could not glow without YOU!

Since this DJ’s philosophy is to let the music speak for itself, we’ll get to the music shortly. However, I could not resist briefly sharing with you the backstory of this program’s grand finale track.

While performing my musical reconnaissance over @ YouTube, I thought to myself…

 

Gee… I sure wish someone would do a mash up of Joy To The World with Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ode To Joy

 

Well… what did I have to lose? I typed in those search parameters and… Lo and Behold… a passing thought of mine materialized right before my very ears and eyes. The Magic of the Season! My Christmas wish came true!

May the Magic of the Season and your Christmas / Holiday wishes come true, too! And may my song selections be music to your ears.

 

The two sides to a long distance relationship…

 

The Carpenters ~ Merry Christmas Darling

Al Martino ~ I’ll Be Home For Christmas

 

Our heartfelt pleas for harmony, tolerance and peace…

 

Bryan Adams ~ Christmas Time

Josh Groban ~ Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

 

Our Ode To Joy / Joy To The World best wishes…

 

The Florin Street Band ~ My Favourite Time of Year

The Piano Guys ~ Ode To Joy To The World (With Choir & Bell Ringers)

I thank you for your listenership and cordially invite you to check out the remainder of my Top 20 Countdown “2” Christmas… where I’ll be presenting select holiday classics… one-a-day… from now until we reach #1 on the 25th. I’ll be posting later today and, of course, tomorrow.

You’re also cordially invited to click back here for my regular monthly BlogCast… one that typically features anywhere from 3 to 5 songs that, when segued, transform everything into an appealing theme… this program slated to hit the www “airwaves” on Monday, January 1, 2018.

Till next time…

 

I wish you all the best life has to offer throughout the holidays…

and in all the years to come!

 

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BlogCast: Tom’s Top 20 Countdown “2” Christmas: Song 3

Mere words can hardly describe the mighty mind and vibrant voice of singer / song writer / guitarist and progressive rock pioneer Greg Lake. During his nearly five decade long professional career he played in the bands King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP).

Considering how much life Lake breathed into damned nearly every song he ever performed and recorded… how his subject matter was typically “dark”… how the body of his mind-blowing work, which he leaves behind, still gives off so much figurative heat… the reports of his death on Wednesday, December 7, 2016… even now, one year later… still seems surreal.

Since highlighting Lake’s music is the best way to pay tribute to him, I’m offering up a linked to YouTube mini-discography. These five compositions do support the undeniable truth… Lake had been a force to be reckoned with.

Stated in sixties vernacular, the five tracks to follow are the quintessence of “progressive rock”… terminology that not only aptly describes the music, itself, but also the radio stations that originally aired it. Courtesy of those bygone broadcast towers, us “hippies” first heard the King Crimson track, Epitaph and the ELP tracks Lucky Man, Battlefield, From The Beginning and Karn Evil 9 1st Impression Part 2.

True, it’ll mostly be diehard Lake fans (such as yours truly), who will gleefully playback these songs, in their entirety. Still, I do encourage everyone else to sample each track. Even if this isn’t your “cup of tea”, musically, consider the lyrics themselves. I know that many of my readers and followers who are poets will be impressed in that latter regard.

I do know that my being fully impressed by both Lake’s music and lyrics weighed heavily in my decision to BlogCast his compostion… I Believe In Father Christmas… his take on the over-commercialization of this holiday… an overall POV I share with him.

On a more personal note… there was one other consideration in my BlogCasting his holiday commentary.

You see, on this very day 43 years ago, (@5 p.m. in the U.S. Eastern timezone) ELP’s Karn Evil 9 1st Impression Part 2 became the very first song I played on my very first on the air radio broadcast. My substitute DJ, weeklong gig, which followed, certainly made my Christmas 1974 extra special… all of that ranking right up there as one of the best gifts I have ever received.

Returning now to the music… while auditioning YouTube offerings, I did discover a couple more view-worthy vids… the first clip features Lake’s reprise of I Believe In Father Christmas set to alternative imagery… the second performance features Thomas McKanna’s fine piano cover medley.

I now thank you for your listenership and cordially invite you back for the remainder of my Top 20 Countdown “2” Christmas… where I’ll be presenting select holiday classics… one-a-day… from now until we reach #1 on the 25th.

You’re also cordially invited to click back here for my regular monthly BlogCast… one that typically features anywhere from 3 to 5 songs that, when segued, transform everything into an appealing theme… this program slated to hit the www “airwaves” on Sunday, December 24, 2017.

 

Till next time…

 

Here’s hoping that you have a

Merry Melodious Christmas and Happy Harmonious Holiday Season!

 

 

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BlogCast: Tom’s Top 20 Countdown “2” Christmas: Song 4

Throughout 2017… as has been the case from time immemorial… too many of the good people of our world have been and still are being treated badly. And if there never, before, was a more perfect example of an understatement, you’ve just finished reading it.

As a human being and a humane blogger, who hardly ever holds his political and social commentary “cards” close to his chest… hardly ever pastes on a “poker face”… rather than giving into the temptation to elaborate further re our world in turmoil… in this rare instance, I’ll be “folding”. Even more amazingly… I’ll even be attempting to turn my frown upside down. So, just what is it that just might get me… hopefully you, too… smiling?

Today’s BlogCast feature track… that good ol’, hold nothing back, feel good, sing-along, toe-tapping, hand clapping music… namely… Chicago’s performance of Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree.

The only thing “bad” about this track is its too short runtime. But that problem can easily be overcome.

Since one can never smile too much, I’m also providing you… my listeners / readers… the opportunity to keep (y)our mood soaring and flying high. How so?

By following the links and giving a listen to five other recording artists who’ve turned in some great performances. Listen to one or to ‘em all… that’s for you to decide. Personally, I’ll be running down the entire…

 

Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree Menu

Brenda Lee (B.L. was the original vocalist to commit this tune to vinyl)
LeAnn Rimes (Country Music Superstar turns in her fine rendition)
Brian Setzer Orchestra (Ex Stray Cats rocker turned Big Band Cool Cat)
Fab Forever (Beatles Tribute Band performs their I Saw Her Standing There mashup)
Fab Four (Beatles Tribute Band performs their Got To Get You Into My Life mashup)

BONUS TRACK (A Feel Good Non-Holiday Tune)

Sir Paul McCartney (P.M.’s Got To Get You Into My Life, KICK ASS LIVE Performance)

 

I now thank you for your listenership and cordially invite you back for the remainder of my Top 20 Countdown “2” Christmas… where I’ll be presenting select holiday classics… one-a-day… from now until we reach #1 on the 25th.

You’re also cordially invited to click back here for my regular monthly BlogCast… one that typically features anywhere from 3 to 5 songs that, when segued, transform everything into an appealing theme… this program slated to hit the www “airwaves” on Sunday, December 24, 2017.

Till next time…

 

Keep on Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree!

Or anywhere else you may opt to Partay!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

 

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BlogCast: Tom’s Top 20 Countdown “2” Christmas: Song 5

Once upon a time… a hospital parking lot attendant, mistaking me for being a doctor, raised the gate and began motioning me to exit… sans paying. Only my honesty compelled me to stop, anyway… to hand over the currency and coins, which I had owed him.

Indeed, I was not then… am not now… nor will I ever be a doctor. From time to time, I just playact being one in cyberspace. And clearly, the time has come for me to FIRST don my virtual, crisp white lab coat and shiny stethoscope and NEXT kinda-sorta hang out my equally virtual shingle here on the www.

I can virtually hear you ask: “Why?”

It’s because actual last minute, holiday shoppers are feeling stressed out. And with there being less than three shopping days before next Sunday, it’s unlikely that this level of anxiety will be easing.

More to the point… we need to find a solution to this problem. Hence, I’m writing out a virtual Musical Rx to any virtual patient in need.

I can virtually hear you ask: “Why a Musical Rx?

To better understand the nature of this virtual Doc’s unorthodox prescription, one must first take some creative liberties with a classic William Congreve quotation… thusly…

 

Music hath charms to soothe the stressed out, last minute holiday shoppers.

 

With that in mind, this Real DJ and Pretender MD now highly recommends that you give a listen to today’s musical selection… Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas… as performed by the Pretenders.

Of course, as is true with some extreme cases of stress, a single dosage may not be sufficient to fully ease your symptoms. But that’s nothing to fret about… after all… it’s perfectly safe for you to double the musical dosage. And since this song, composed in 1944 by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane, was specifically, originally intended for movie star and chanteuse Judy Garland, why not give her rendition a listen HERE.

Now that we’re all feeling a bit more relaxed, I thank you for your listenership and cordially invite you back for the remainder of my Top 20 Countdown “2” Christmas… where I’ll be presenting select holiday classics… one-a-day… from now until we reach #1 on the 25th.

You’re also cordially invited to click back here for my regular monthly BlogCast… one that typically features anywhere from 3 to 5 songs that, when segued, transform everything into an appealing theme… this program slated to hit the www “airwaves” on Sunday, December 24, 2017.

 

May you all have yourself a Merry Little… no strike that…

a Merry Massive Christmas… Now!

 

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BlogCast: Tom’s Top 20 Countdown “2” Christmas: Song 6

Today’s selection, Whatever Happened To Christmas, performed by Ol’ Blue Eyes Frank Sinatra, was composed by Jimmy Webb in 1968. To those folks, who might deem his lyrics to be cynical… or worse yet… to be blaspheming what, undeniably, is a perfectly wonderful, sacred holiday, I now invite you into my world… to hear out my POV…

I deem Webb’s words to be refreshingly down to earth… his mild snub at society’s over-commericalization of Christmas. More to the point… this is his refutation of the “sentiments” found in an endless slew of other holiday songs. Instantly coming to mind are the title lyrics of yet another treble and bass clef dotted, musical score, It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year.

Webb’s appeal is for all of us to get back in touch with our genuine feelings. If we, in earnest, could manage to sweep away all of that glitzy and glittery, stained-glass, ice-cold, avarice driven, Madison Avenue and song composer / hit maker hype… I believe we’d soon discover such unaffected, feelings actually still do exist. NO… we mustn’t give up on humanity yet.

Let’s flesh that all out a bit further…

For us to expect so much from each and every one of our Decembers is, at the very least, to be instantaneously and needlessly setting ourselves up for disappointment. At the very worst, one could easily come down with… get KO’d by… a bad bout of depression… find those tears of sorrow overflowing and streaming down our faces. And who would ever want to wish THAT on anybody?

To keep everything down to Earth… in our day to day living… especially for those of us who are being mercilessly browbeaten by the current crop of obscenely wealthy powers-that-be… stick figure politicians, ALL, who are sadistically leading the charge against us… it’s totally unrealistic for any average Jane and Joe’s life to ever measure up to the idyllic lifestyle “stuff and fluff”, which holiday songs are typically made of… all of that hype routinely churned out by Pollyannaish song composers.

In other words… with the perpetrators of class war at our throats, we could never expect life to ever be so storybook.

To stay human… we who are on the short end of the stick… the stick that beats us down every step of the way… we must, somehow, maintain an emotional even keel… must never set that ol’ expectations bar too high. That way, should our December experiences wind up not being the fodder… the paradigm… for some future Christmas song composer… at the very least… we’ll all be better prepared to take our lives in stride.

Of course, in the event something actually good DOES happen, unexpectedly, such an “Oh Wow” moment would prove itself far more meaningful and, perhaps, even elicit our ear to ear grins and tears of joy.

If it’ll make my average Jane and Joe compatriots feel any better… maybe even elicit our fleeting grins… I offer up my reminder that wealth is not only measured in dollars and cents. When it comes to human decency, WE are the billionaires… NOT our wallowing in wealth, bankrupt of values oppressors.

Look… long sigh… I am not suggesting in any way, shape or form that it’s wrong to feel deliriously happy… even giddy during the holidays. If you genuinely feel that way, more power to you. All I am saying is that since modern living isn’t always perfectly wonderful, moods can and do swing in the opposite direction. That means we must learn to maintain an even keel… not just during the holidays but 24/7/365.

A Daniel Fitzgerald piano cover of Jimmy Webb’s

Whatever Happened To Christmas

Now… turning to the nuts and bolts of our online lives…

In light of the current Dark Ages admin killing off Net Neutrality mere days ago… that means YouTube offerings such as those found above, could soon become difficult to access, endangered species… i.e., once they’ve been conveniently and summarily deemed “subversive”. Therefore I’m including this “hard copy” / “printout” as follows… well… uh… for now… i.e., until I, too, am someday unjustly deemed “subversive”…

 

Whatever happened to Christmas?
by Jimmy Webb

Whatever happened to Christmas? It’s gone and left no traces,
Whatever happened to the faces or the glow,
Whatever happened to Christmas, to the Christmas way of living?
Whatever happened to the giving, the magic in the snow?
Remember the sights and the smells and the sounds,
And remember hearing the call,
Remember how love was all around, whatever happened to it all?
Whatever happened to Christmas, the bells in the streets were ringing,
Whatever happened to the singing, the songs we used to know.
Whatever happened to Christmas, and when did it disappear from view,
Where was I, and whatever happened to you?
Whatever happened to Christmas and you?

 

I now thank you for your listenership and cordially invite you back for the remainder of my Top 20 Countdown “2” Christmas… where I’ll be presenting select holiday classics… one-a-day… from now until we reach #1 on the 25th.

You’re also cordially invited to click back here for my regular monthly BlogCast… one that typically features anywhere from 3 to 5 songs that, when segued, transform everything into an appealing theme… this program slated to hit the www “airwaves” on Sunday, December 24, 2017.

 

It is my heartfelt hope that we can all find and delight in the true meaning of Christmas… find the real joys of the Holiday Season wherever we may find them!

 

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BlogCast: Tom’s Top 20 Countdown “2” Christmas: Song 7

With Christmas now only six days off, in the role of “Dr. Tom”, I’m prescribing today’s musical selection to anyone who may be feeling a bit… or maybe totally… stressed out by the ongoing holiday rush. The good news… this is no bitter pill to swallow… it involves the pleasant, tasty, active ingredient found in The Christmas Song as performed by Nat King Cole.

For optimal results I highly recommend that you “wash it all down” with the following relaxation scenario… either played out in your real world or in the theater of your mind.

Either accompany this song with as many of the following sensory stimuli as possible… or come up with your own custom-made relaxation routine.

You’re in the company of loved ones or maybe this only involves that one special someone… the love of your life. There’s a crackling fire in the fireplace… you’re sipping your favorite beverage while fondly reminiscing about Christmases past. As the daylight slowly dissolves into the dusk, the only artificial lighting is found on your Christmas tree… this twinkling effect mesmerizing… as is the scene past the windowpanes… the wind whipped snow flurries transforming everything out of doors into a pristine, winter wonderland.

If by song’s end, you still find that you need to unwind more, I have an additional Rx for you… The Christmas Song performed by the Vince Guaraldi Trio.

Mild Disclaimer: This music can be habit forming… BUT… in a totally good way. Even better, there are no known adverse side effects… even after repeated “usage”. Now, that’s a claim that none of those drug ads we read about in magazines, hear about on the radio and see on TV, could never make. Check out a couple of drug ad parodies… HERE and HERE.

I now thank you for your listenership and cordially invite you back for the remainder of my Top 20 Countdown “2” Christmas… where I’ll be presenting select holiday classics… one-a-day… from now until we reach #1 on the 25th.

You’re also cordially invited to click back here for my regular monthly BlogCast… one that typically features anywhere from 3 to 5 songs that, when segued, transform everything into an appealing theme… this program slated to hit the www “airwaves” on Sunday, December 24, 2017.

 

I wish you a Merry, Stress-Free Christmas and Holiday Season!

 

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BlogCast: Tom’s Top 20 Countdown “2” Christmas: Song 8

The Little Drummer Boy, a.k.a. Carol of the Drum was composed by Katherine Kennicott Davis back in 1941. In the three score and sixteen years since then, there’ve been literal scores of musical scores… so many superb performances that, deciding on one over another… i.e., which one to give top billing for today’s BlogCast… was nearly impossible… uh… nearly being the operative word here.

While it had been tempting to go with the very first rendition I had ever heard (as a four-year-old boy)… performed by the Harry Simeone Chorale… that was not reason enough.

Well, as it turns out, my overall deciding factor was not so much the quality of the performance… after all, they are all winners. In the end, it all boiled down to the power of the unifying message. Hence my choice of the Alex Boye’ ft Genesis Choir (video above).

As for the other nine recording artists who I also “auditioned”, I’ve typed up a list of links to videos which showcase their great performances. And, btw, I do thank all the YouTube posters and videographers who’ve been applying an extra special, festive shine to all of my holiday BlogCasts. Obviously, none of what I do would be possible without you.

 

The “Little” Little Drummer Boy Menu

1951: Trapp Family Singers (the very first recording)
1958: Harry Simeone Chorale (this is the record I first heard as a 4-year-old “little drummer” boy)
1965: Vince Guaraldi Trio (Charlie Brown Christmas album)
1977: Bing Crosby & David Bowie (Bing’s final TV holiday special)
1987: Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band (Special Olympics Christmas Charity album)
1988: Mannheim Steamroller (A Fresh Aire Christmas album)
1993: Glen Campbell (Home For The Holiday’s album)
2004: Vanessa Williams (Silver & Gold album)
2006: Celtic Woman with Orla Fallon & Chloe Agnew (Christmas TV special)

 

I now thank you for your listenership and invite you back for the remainder of my Top 20 Countdown “2” Christmas… where I’ll be presenting select holiday classics… one-a-day… from now until we reach #1 on the 25th.

You’re also cordially invited to click back here for my regular monthly BlogCast… one that typically features anywhere from 3 to 5 songs that, when segued, transform everything into an appealing theme… this program slated to hit the www “airwaves” on Sunday, December 24, 2017.

 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!

 

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BlogCast: Tom’s Top 20 Countdown “2” Christmas: Song 9

My Christmas Story and BlogCast’s Song 9 both share the same title…

 

Traditions of Christmas

 

On this day, I awoke at daybreak to my dream about Christmas 1989… that being the very first year where our new family reality had begun to establish and assert itself following my Father’s death a scant thirteen months earlier.

During that December, my Sister had given the gift of music to our widowed Mom… a cassette titled: Mannheim Steamroller Fresh Aire Christmas by Chip Davis… the very album where Traditions of Christmas is the second to the final track.

Mom’s reaction? Well… in spite of how her era’s holiday music featured instrumental arrangements that were quite different, she instantly fell in love with the entire Mannheim sound.

I have my sister to thank for introducing us to Chip Davis’ “Fresh Aire” freshness… for elevating everyone’s mood that special Christmas… for her immense assist in our emotional healing process… and especially… for establishing our new family musical tradition.

I know that were our Mom alive, she would’ve eagerly sat down at this very keyboard… on this very night… to enthusiastically blog her similar sentiments. With my sharing many of her same sensibilities and possessing 23 of her chromosomes, as well… well… perhaps… in a sense… Mom did express her feelings in the here and now… after all.

From Christmas 1989 onward… until 2002… that Mannheim Steamroller cassette was the very first holiday music Mom “rolled out”.

And for each of the 15 Christmases since Mom passed on… to now put this into DJ parlance… I’ve kept each of those twelve Mannheim Steamroller songs “in heavy rotation” on my Holiday Hit Parade / playlist… and in the process… kept our family Tradition of Christmas alive, as well.

Needless to say… I am committed to continuing that tradition for as long as there’s a clear thought in my head, a steady heartbeat in my chest and I’m able to maintain the necessary amount of manual dexterity.

On a more musical note… be sure to give a look-see and listen to the following two linked videos. The first clip features composer Chip Davis briefly discussing his lyrically enhanced Traditions of Christmas. The second clip features that very song, which YouTube videographer, Jenny Burke visually enhanced with real world imagery… snowy scenes that so remind me of my own neighborhood… and might even resemble yours, too. I thank her for her splendid work, which makes my blog so much more attractive.

I must also express my gratitude to YouTube videographer Phil Carroll for providing his photographic montage in the lead video above. His superb work also adds eye appeal to my blog… his imagery’s settings do resemble cherished photos found within my own family album.

Last but not least, I thank you for your listenership and invite you back for the remainder of my Top 20 Countdown “2” Christmas… where I’ll be presenting select holiday classics… one-a-day… from now until we reach #1 on the 25th.

I’d also like to invite you to click back for my regular monthly BlogCast… one that typically features anywhere from 3 to 5 songs that, when segued, transform everything into an appealing theme… this program slated to hit the www “airwaves” on Sunday, December 24, 2017.

 

I Wish Everyone the Merriest, Freshest, “Fresh Aire” Christmas and the Happiest of Holidays! May Your Own Traditions be as Heartfelt and Memorable as Mine!

 

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BlogCast: Tom’s Top 20 Countdown “2” Christmas: Song 10

On this occasion, once again, my BlogCast becomes more than a great venue for playing holiday music. It also affords us an appropriate forum to posthumously pay tribute to Rock ’n’ Roll pioneer, guitar virtuoso, cultural commentator / lyricist and recording artist, Chuck Berry, who at age 90, departed Wentzville, MO on 03/18/2017… soared upward to take center stage within that great spotlighted concert hall in the sky.

As mere mortals, we can only envision the journey he may’ve taken. He likely went into the light / attained the speed of light and, en route, whizzed way past NASA’s Voyager I and II space probes (which, at present, are cruising through interstellar space). As many of us know, thanks to the efforts of astrophysicist Carl Sagan, Berry’s recording, Johnny B. Goode, is aboard both of those spacecraft… among the multitude of tracks found on each of those Golden Records, titled: The Sounds of Earth.

As many of us easily recognize, Johnny B. Goode ties in well with this BlogCast’s holiday theme for it’s musically similar to Run Rudolph Run.

While ISO the perfect video to showcase Mr. Berry’s Christmas classic, I discovered oodles of BlogCast worthy musicians… both the famous and wannabe famous… who supplied their own unique interpretative covers of this track… inclusive of jolly ol’ St. Nick, himself.

Yep… Santa Clause sat in with the US Navy Fleet Forces Band during their 12/09/2016 holiday concert. Whatever our age may be, his kick-ass performance is sure to elicit our hearty, “HO! HO! HOs!” and bring out the kid in us all. Give ‘em a listen…

Since I found plenty of other BlogCast-worthy covers, I now offer you the option of checking them out as well…

Sheryl Crow
Abby Ahmad / Mark Marshall
Missy Lynn
Steady Rush

On a more somber note… in view of how our world’s present day, so-called leadership has become far, Far, FAR more politically and mentally unstable… more so than ever before… further considering the vast body of work Chuck Berry left behind and how that would not likely survive WW-III, it’s entirely possible the Voyager I and II Golden Records will afford him his best and only shot at living on through perpetuity.

We can only hope that whatever intelligent extraterrestrial lifeforms may exist out there, they’ll be sufficiently hip to make Chuck Berry, Johnny B. Goode and The Sounds of Earth… respectively… their number one recording artist, song and album of the year… in whatever year they first give ‘em a listen.

 

I now thank you for spending your precious time listening to my musical mix featuring spiritual content, social commentary, secular and even some humorous elements. My plan is to get as many of us into the holiday spirit as is possible. Towards that future, I’ll continue presenting my selections… classics all… counting ‘em down one-a-day… from now until we reach #1 on the 25th.

 

So… be sure to stop back here again. If not daily, schedule your return visits as often as your time permits.

 

I’d also like to invite you to click back for my regular monthly BlogCast… one that typically features anywhere from 3 to 5 songs that, when segued, transform everything into an appealing theme… this program slated to hit the www “airwaves” on Sunday, December 24, 2017.

 

I wish all of you all the best throughout this Holiday Season… and Beyond.

 

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