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ROCKOLLECTIONS: CHRISTMAS DAY 2012 PT.2 END

Here it is, the homestretch of this year's Christmas, with the quirk of the calendar having it fall on the day of the show.
And we made it past the Mayan one...I'm not surprised, lol!
I will continue with Music for our Guaranteed White Christmas.
Then after feeling I fulfilled my promise, hopefully to everyone's satisfaction, I will switch gears and head off in another direction- with some songs specifically taking place on Christmas Day!
More than likely, you've never heard these.
Hopefully, you will never forget them.
All my best wishes go out to you and your families, and I thank you for having me as a guest at this beautiful time of year.
As Charles Dickens closes A Christmas Carol, Tiny Tim says, "Merry Christmas...and God Bless Us Every One!" 
I can't improve on that!
 
These are the links to listen to some remarkable songs that I had nothing to do with making, I only played them, on this beautiful Christmas Day, at Mike Pell Rockollections:
 

Or at Soundcloud:
 

Mike

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Comment by Mike Pell on December 29, 2012 at 9:19am
RJ,
Stream of consciousness agaon, not a bad thing.
When Phil Spector put that album out, it was anything but traditional!
I like what he did to songs, and have always wanted to do some shows about him.
That Elvis is from a grossly overlooked Christmas album he did in 1971- people seem to only go back to the '57 one.
That ending is killer, goes out with a bang, and I don't know for sure but given the time and how often they recorded together, I would think that guitar was by the great James Burton.
Started with the Drifters, HAD to end with Bing!
That song, Christmas Morning, is amazing.
As is Christmas In The Trenches, but the problem with a studio version of the song is you would lose the beautiful intro to the song, where even he chokes up!
When I first heard Mary Gauthier (and it's pronounced Go-Shay), shw was channeling Patsy Cline.
Her voice doesn't bother me at all, and for some reason I keep coming back to that Christmas In Paradise.
That's odd, you just heard On This Christmas Day recently and I end a show with it!
It should be a-coming!
And the Golden Pell to Elvis.
Just another of the many awards he has won since he DIED, lol!
Thanks for the listen and writing...it works that way!
Mike
Comment by RJhog (Admin) on December 28, 2012 at 2:12pm

Typing and listening at the same time again.

Sleigh Ride - I'll say it.  I'm not a fan of Phil Spector.  It's more traditional stuff that isn't my cup-o-tea.

Winter Wonderland - I am, however, an Elvis fan.  I've heard some of his Christmas songs, but I don't believe this is one of them.  It's a traditional song, but the electric guitar accompaniment puts it in my "like" column.  And the ending is totally killer.

White Christmas - Is this Bing Crosby?  Yes it is.  So although traditional, it gets a pass because it's Mr. Crosby.

Christmas Morning - This is pretty good.  More in the style I like.

Christmas In The Trenches - Love the story this song tells.  I can't imagine how miserable being in those trenches must have been.  But I would like to hear a proper studio version of the song, as I'm a studio version lover.

Christmas In Paradise - This song is good, but you know how picky I am, so here goes.  I don't really like the vocals.  The female is just a bit too country.  This has potential to be a great song if it's in the hands of a couple of great vocalists.  

On This Christmas Day - I heard this for the first time a week or two ago.  Someone suggested it for the CRB Christmas Playlist, which I posted on the Holiday Music Group.  It's a terrific song that I'd love to have...

Hey, I'm giving the Golden Pell to Elvis.  What an ending!

Comment by Jon on December 27, 2012 at 4:42pm

Oh. I see. Hmm....

Comment by Mike Pell on December 27, 2012 at 8:06am

What MPWD is get as far away from any car or highway as possible, get deep into a Christmas Day mindset, and play both halves again with the hot or cold beverage of your choice.

WWMPD?...that is VERY funny, LOL!

Comment by Jon on December 27, 2012 at 6:49am

I guess it's never too late but now I'm thinking this show was evil and cursed me with a 3 hour drive, something that normally takes about 45 minutes. What would you do? WWMPD?

Comment by Mike Pell on December 26, 2012 at 11:46pm
Jon,
I love snow, just not driving in it.
And about Bing, you got it backwards.
After a bunch of beers & smokes I could go deep down, not hit the high note, lol!
Best songs I played were Christmas In The Trenches & Paradise.
Thanks for the distracted listen and writing...is it too late for you to do it again, lol,
Mike
Comment by Jon on December 26, 2012 at 6:45pm

Wait, I remember something else.....BING! And you claim you could hit the high note? Tut tut, should have stayed away fro the alkyhol and smokes because now you could have been HUGE. Probably not a movie star though.

Comment by Jon on December 26, 2012 at 5:53pm

Listened to this today Mike and it was good. However, I just had the drive home from hell this evening and forgot everything. Ronettes I think....and a bootleg or something. Snow sucks!

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