This years podcast for Christmas: Well, it’s big. Took a while to prune down to this size; nearly two and a half hours! And I think it’s pretty fine.
I let it get big because it’s been a cruddy year and we may be facing the end of the country. I mean, Donald Trump is the worst president since Nixon. Trump is going in declaring he’s a racist bigot crook and claims it doesn’t matter. We knew what he was when you elected him. Elected him with all the crime and corruption and hatred you knew he’d bring.
Yeah, the year was a mess so it’s all the reason to celebrate because it may be the last time. There’ll be times coming when the celebration means more but the last time we can rejoice in freedom is always memorable.
Too many of my friends died this year. All tragically because all dyings are tragic. More reason to wonder why I’m still hanging around. I dropped a 150 pound hunk of steel on my head this fall. It didn’t kill me. Then O tried to face plant myself while driving my shoulder into a brick wall. It hurt but I wiped the blood out of my eyes and finished walking the dogs. I’m still here. Maybe as punishment? I doubt that. I can still sing.
We had some fun this year, at least in this house. Had three foster dogs, two of them are in a better place already. One, Big Samson the Gentle is going to be ready for a forever home sooner than we’d think. He’s really a loving kind.
We moved. It was hell and torturously expensive. Still deep in debt over it.
It’s one of the small reasons this might be the last Christmas PodCast. BlueHost, who I’ve been pretty happy with have announced a jacked up rate increase, about 70%! I don’t think I can afford that. I’ve made a point of ignoring all entreaties to monetize the site. Sometimes that gets me taken advantage of. It’s a small thing and doesn’t mean much. The site will vanish is all. But maybe I can find a cheaper acceptable alternative. I’ll look.
The site has had over two million unique visitors just to the main page, about seven million other people just looking for some music or to look at the pictures. I think that’s fine and gratifying. The pictures are worth seeing and the music worth hearing. HEY! Check out Material Issues great Christmas track “Merry Christmas Will Do” And Chris Von Sneidern’s track “Santa Claus,” for me they’re the new Christmas Anthems. But all the tracks are memorable, I think. I will always enjoy how spell correct tried to change Vibeke Saugestad into Vitamin Suggested. The podcast has already had about four thousand downloads and that’s just from the way I slop things around with all my non-announcements.
I do think you’ll like the music and I think it will make your spirits gladder and take you away from this place and to the place where dreams seem like yesterdays and hopes happen every tomorrow. It’s Christmas time and that means something. It’s the time you can believe Old Man Potter got arrested for stealing Uncle Billy’s money. A time when kindness is repaid with love and mercy. It’s that time when WWI troops stopped killing each other and sang carols to themselves and to their enemies and didn’t start shooting each other until December 26th. It’s a time when people are bigger than nations and we can take a minute and see the other person hiding there too afraid to speak. It’s Christmas.
As long as you can reach out and find a hand or a fuzzy head to hold and pet nothing is as bad as we think and all we are doing is what we need to do. And we believe that somewhere we are all trying to do the right thing.
Merry Christmas. Happy Chanukah. Feliz Navidad. To a brighter New Year.
Aloha Christmas – Dukes Of Surf
Ski Party – Wondermints
Are You Ready For Christmas – BBBs
Merry Christmas Will Do – Material Issue
Even Santa Gets The Blues – Eugene Ruffolo
It’s Xmas (And Everyone Is Miserable) – Dirty Sidewalks
Help Me Forget – Solicitors
A Christmas Carol (For The Losers In Love) – Vibeke Saugestad
Christmas Eve Can Kill You – Everly Brothers
Christmas At Ground Zero – Weird Al Yankovic
A Surfer’s Christmas List – Surfaris
I Want An Alien For Christmas – Fountains Of Wayne
I Want Elvis For Christmas – Holly Twins (with Eddie Cochran)
(I Want) A Beatle For Christmas – Patty Surbey And The Canadian V.I.P.s
Santa Got Lost In Texas – Little Joe (Michael Landon)
Santa Got A DWI – Sherman Linton
Christmas For Cowboys – Jars of Clay
Come All Ye Faithful Surfer Girls – Chevelles
Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer – Tommy Roe
Jingle Bell Laugh – St. Nicklas
Jingle Bells Slide – Jack Scott
Hey There, St. Nicholas! (Plain White T’s vs Smokey Robinson) – Voicedude
Little Drummer Boy – Miracle Legion
Santa’s Got an Airplane (Version 2) – Beach Boys
Santa Claus – Chris Von Sneidern
Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree – Ronnie Spector And Darlene Love
Under The Christmas Tree – Swingin’ Neckbreakers
2000 Miles – Grip Weeds
Christmas Must Be Tonight – The Band
Merry Twist-Mas – Marcels
Come On Christmas – Barely Pink
It’s Always Christmas At My House – Huntingtons
Let It Snow – Me, You And Her
Look Around You (It’s Christmas Time) – Bobby Goldsboro
4th Of July / Christmas Rag – Peter Case
A Round About Christmas – Kingston Trio
Shchedryk (Ukranian Bell Carol) – Pink Martini
Jingle Jangle Christmas – Vibeke Saugestad
Christmas Would Not Be Christmas – Carpet Frogs
X-Mas – Epicycle
Everyday Is Christmas – SWAG
The Dawn Of Correction – Spokesmen
Twas The Night Before Xmas – Huey Piano Smith
White Christmas – Platters
The Bells Of St. Mary – Bob B Soxx And The Blue Jeans
Amazing Grace – Jeff Beck
Gloria in Excelsis Deo – London Symphony Orchestra
New Year’s Revolution (demo) – Graham Parker
The Christmas Song (Unreleased Alternate Take) – Nat King Cole
Silent Night – Everly Brothers And The Boys Town Choir
O Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles) – Mormon Tabernacle Choir