ROCKOLLECTIONS: CHRISTMAS PARTY 2009 PT.3 & PT.4 END
Still doing it from home, I thought I would open up this Christmas episode with the voices of some sisters, a group I always call the female Beach Boys.
There is something about the harmonies of sisters and brothers that is special.
Well, guess what that made me think of to play next?
Beach Boys would be correct, and after doing the “The Beach Boys Christmas Album” in 1964, they did another Christmas LP in the 70’s that remained unreleased for decades.
Got a great track from that, a Phil Spectorish, crammed-with-instruments song, with the lead done by Dennis Wilson
After that, my trusty old calendar indicated that yesterday was the First Day Of Winter.
So, a couple of my very favorite and beautiful songs to commemorate that.
I’ll play my annual different version of Run Rudolph Run (should be Run Run Rudolph, lol!).
This year’s choice is a surprise, as he is better known for rollicking nautical, warm-weather music.
I have the FINAL Beatles Christmas Message to their Fan Club in 1969- something we started in 2003 with the 1963 Message, and for all 7 years have kept a close 40-year pace, lol!
It’s the first one I am playing without Engineer Ken.
It is plain to hear that they are NOT a group any longer, each member doing his bit seperately, not even in the same country let alone in the studio together like those early ones.
Coming up in the next and final chapter, our own peculiar musical look at the Holiday movie, The March Of The Wooden Soldiers.
Now who would want to miss that?
The big, happy, wonderful Christmas Day looms ever closer…
Here's the link to Pt.3 of 2009, at WLSO.FM:
I am rushing this chapter out to give everyone nice enough to listen to me, the chance to do so without my intruding on their busy schedules at a hectic time.
Also for those internet stations I am on, well if you would like to run these shows earlier than I am scheduled, good for you- and good for me!
My show was/is always broadcast on Tuesdays, and I am a creature of habit, so it is out here in time for Christmas.
As our Christmas Party winds down, I’ll give you some insight about how I go about doing programs.
I have literally dozens of ideas for Theme shows at any given time- the most difficult part is committing to one, as new ideas keep popping up.
These ideas are in various stages.
Some are written down and almost complete, others are just bouncing around in my head.
And still others are just half-baked ideas that come to me spontaneously.
That’s the case here.
The March Of The Wooden Soldiers is considered a Holiday movie, and I recently saw it.
It came out in 1934, stars Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy, and if you look at the beginning of the original movie you will see it is actually called Babes In Toyland.
Here’s the half-bake…I wondered if I could perhaps musically capture some of that movie- the feeling of children and the aging children that we are- for this show.
I decided to give it a try.
As always, how successful I was is left to you the listeners.
But I did try, lol!
In concluding, this two-week Party will disperse with something that may surprise, even shock you, on your way out.
That there is an ORIGINAL version, by the SAME singer, of a Christmas Song you well know- and it was done at least FOURTEEN years earlier!
For what I would like to wish you wonderful people during this beautiful time of year, my own words are not good enough.
So I’ll steal from Charles Dicken’s character, Tiny Tim.
“Merry Christmas…And God Bless Us Every One!”
Here's the link to Pt.4, the 2009 Finale, at WLSO.FM: