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ROCKOLLECTIONS: CHRISTMAS PARTY 2012 PT.2

Continuing on with our all-inclusive Christmas Party where Everybody is invited, some more of the Traditions associated with the show.
Beginning with the Dreaded Christmas Oldie, which I will thankfully not play in its entirety.
I couldn't subject you to that, lol!
Then a topic that is as much a part of Christmas as anything- we all participate in one form or another- and I hadn't realized it has been so largely ignored in song.
Some other odds and ends, including the annual search for another interpretation of Run Run Rudolph.
Ultimately leading to the BEST contemporary telling in Music of the true Christmas Story that I have ever heard.
Beautiful and accurate!
Again, a strange half, but definitely not the same old same old when it comes to Christmas Tunes.
And how about that promise I make at the end?
That for next week's show, which falls on Christmas Day, a GUARANTEED White Christmas!
But let's listen to this one first, alright, lol?
 
Here are the links to listen along with the lights of the Christmas Tree blinking, at Mike Pell Rockollections:
 
At Podomatic
 
http://radiopell.podomatic.com/entry/2012-12-18T19_01_25-08_00
 
 
 
Mike

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Comment by Mike Pell on December 21, 2012 at 2:42am

Oh the Dylan.

A surprisingly good album.

Comment by RJhog (Admin) on December 20, 2012 at 7:40am

Yeah, that opening line was great.  The first Dylan song you played was the only one I had heard before.

Comment by Mike Pell on December 20, 2012 at 1:38am

Hey RJ,

Forgot to ask, which was the one song you had heard?
And that was a funny opening comment, a total ad-lib, lol!

Comment by Mike Pell on December 20, 2012 at 1:34am
Jon,
There ya go, you liked Dylan's Must Be Santa and the Re-Gifting one.
But hey, let go of my leg...stop pulling it, lol!
That story is a crock, and now I even doubt the first story!
If it's true, it was worth bringing back those beautiful memories- brought a tear to my eye.
Yes, a GUARANTEED White Christmas!
No coke...Pepsi, lol!
Thanks for listening and writing you nut,
Mike
Comment by Mike Pell on December 20, 2012 at 1:23am
RJ,
Aha...I knew I couldn't disappoint you completely 2 times in a row, lol!
I like this half better than the first half too, but it is just as weird.
I knew I would play that opening track because of its subject matter, but maybe after the Dreaded Oldie it should not have BEEN the opening track.
I had just heard that song for the first time, and it is true when you think about it, there are few songs about Christmas Cards...something so important to people and common at Christmas.
I can only think of the great one, Christmas Card From A Hooker by Tom Waits.
But sonofabitch that song sounded better the FIRST time I heard it, lol!
Well, I refuse to go back and change things, try to keep it live- and I even commented on that.
Man, the songs by Dylan are actually good!
So Bruce Cockburn (how's THAT for a name, lol?) and The Alice Project were neck and neck?
You picked a worthy recipient for the Golden Pell.
Can't remember when I originally heard that Re-Gifting, think maybe the late 90's, but I loved it from the first hearing.
And believe it or not, those are the two I thought most likely for the Golden Pell- although I thought Dylan's Must Be Santa had an outside chance cause it rocks.
I smell a hint around here, lol!
Oh, I don't know about that song being covered by Springsteen or anybody else- but you have a point if he doesn't get all preachy.
Thanks for listening and writing, and nice to hear "Great Show", lol,
Mike
Comment by RJhog (Admin) on December 19, 2012 at 8:40pm

Totally forgot to say that the Bruce Coburn song needs to be covered by The Boss.  That song is taylor-made for Springsteen.

Comment by Jon on December 19, 2012 at 5:13pm

The ORIGINAL Dylan song and the regifting song were darn good. Surprise, surprise.

Sadly, the rest brought on another painful memory....

It was Christmas Eve. I was 9 years old. Me and Mom were decorating the tree, waiting for Dad to come home from work. A couple hours went by. Dad wasn't home. So Mom called the office. No answer. Christmas Day came and went, and still nothing. So the police began a search. Four or five days went by. Neither one of us could eat or sleep. Everything was falling apart. It was snowing outside. The house was freezing, so I went to try to light up the fire. That's when I noticed the smell. The firemen came and broke through the chimney top. And me and Mom were expecting them to pull out a dead cat or a bird. And instead they pulled out my father. He was dressed in a Santa Claus suit. He'd been climbing down the chimney... his arms loaded with presents. He was gonna surprise us. He slipped and broke his neck. He died instantly. And that's how I found out there was no Santa Claus.

Thanks again, Mike!

And you guaranteee a white Xmas? You shipping out free coke to everyone?

Comment by RJhog (Admin) on December 19, 2012 at 2:05pm

Loved the opening comment about having traditions but no standards.  Priceless.

Now see, I have only heard one song you played today, but I like this half better than the first half.  All the songs were really good, except maybe that opening track.  Heck, I even liked the songs by Dylan.  And of course, you worked a Tom Paxton song in (a nice little tune).  I'm also a fan of Dwight Yoakam, so I liked Run Run Rudolph too.

On any other day, Bruce Coburn's The Cry Of A Tiny Babe would easily win the Golden Pell.  But today I just have to give it to The Alice Project for Re-gifting.  Those are two great tunes that I'd love to have (is that a clear enough hint for ya?)

Great show.

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