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First off, it almost hit 70 degrees today in New York City...that's just not right!
I have the fan on now, lol!
Next, while thinking about a Theme for this year’s Christmas shows, I saw that the second week's terrestrial broadcast would fall on Christmas Eve.
And oddly, I don't remember the show ever falling on December 24th.
So the Theme for these next two halves is in fact Christmas Eve.
ALL the songs I play will take place on Christmas Eve!
Just listen, it's in the lyrics!
Opening this Part One episode is a very rare 45 RPM recording by of all people, actor Cary Grant- the only record he ever made.
'Twas The Night Before Christmas, so please join me as we celebrate this very special Day and Night of the Year.
It's Music to Trim The Tree and Wrap Presents By!
Here are the links, it is a Magical Time, at Mike Pell Rockollections:
At Podomatic:
At Soundcloud:

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Comment by Mike Pell on December 26, 2013 at 5:04pm
Sorry to you too for the delay in responding.
Frankly, I had a neutral Christmas, which is nothing to complain about, lol!
That's a real nice thing to say and I appreciate it.
And I am happy we met too.
You are one of the influential people whose openness to ALL kinds of music keeps me taking on challenges for Themes I might not otherwise.
No matter how far out I go, I can depend on one guy to listen to my attempt at creativity...YOU!
You couldn't have picked a better Classic Pell winner.
That Dan Fogleberg song is just beautiful, and any Christmas Eve show had to include it.
Wonder if you noticed? I couldn't find a CD so I played it from the vinyl album- there's a few clicks in there, lol!
I sincerely hope you and your family had a Very Merry Christmas my old friend!
Comment by Mike Pell on December 26, 2013 at 3:07pm
Jon & Scott,
Dammit, I put it in the wrong spot.
See, I need a rest!
Sorry for the delay in responding, but I was music & computered out- plus I had a lot of the holiday things to do.
But that exchange between you two was one of the funniest things I have ever read!
Every time I re-read it I laugh my ass off.
I don't even know how to begin a response, lol!
Jon, was Simon & Simon Carly & Lucy?
No Waitresses serving the mice eh?
And Scott, your own island?
Poor Hector, bring him back!
Oh man, I used to get the socks and underwear and I HATED that!
Those were not FUN...or TOYS!
But that's a great idea, making sure each one of your kids gets a fresh six-pack in their stocking every year, LOL!
That Fogelberg song is a classic, had to play it for Christmas Eve.
Oh NO, Hector had a 25 mile walk...hope he had a few bat sandwiches.
Merry Christmas guys- that was some brilliant writing, much better than anything I see in other places!
You should be paid.
Even though Jon had no Christmas spirit.
And I was to blame, LOL!
Thanks for listening and writing, and especially the laughter...very funny stuff,
Comment by RJhog (Admin) on December 24, 2013 at 9:58am

Mike, I just can't bring myself to find anything much to say except that I hope you have a Merry Christmas and that I truly appreciate the job you do and I'm very happy we met (albeit on another site) a few years ago and that you now post your work here.  Keep up the good work in 2014.

I will say the show was good.  The only song I have a real comment on is the Classic Pell winner, the terrific Dan Fogleberg song Another Old Lang Syne.  That has always been one of my absolute favorite holiday songs and it's a wonderful story told by a great story teller.

Comment by Scott on December 23, 2013 at 11:51am

in all seriousness....

I am hopelessly middle class!  AND I LIKE IT!

As a youngster we were always allowed to open one gift on Christmas eve, and it was always the same thing.  My grandparents went to the store and purchased every single grand child a 6 pack of white socks.  So when it came to christmas eve my Mom and Dad wouldnt allow us to open anything but Grandma and Grandpas gift.  The last few years that we got these we would always joke about opening our socks!

Funny thing is that now I make sure each one of my kids gets a fresh six-pack in their stocking every year.

Great show full of memories, but the Fogelberg song is just solid and emotionally power packed, so it gets the GP!!

Merry Christmas Mike!!!  And even to Jon and RJ and the gang, I hope its the best one yet...

Comment by Scott on December 23, 2013 at 10:42am

ok ok...  I will tell you how it happened since you insist!

Mum was sitting on her custom made throne in the Christmas room, when the following exchange took place...

MUM:  Hector, take this package to Scott and unwrap it for him.  If you unwrap it carefully I will allow you to take the wrappingpaper home with you.

HECTOR:  [bowing in agreement he picks up the package and walks towards me]  Master Scott, shall I begin at the left or right end of the package?

SCOTT:  Oh do begin at the left end, I cant bear another moment of anticipation!

HECTOR: As you wish.

As he begins to open the left end of the package he bumps me ever so slightly and the very tip of my gourmet, award winning, lemon pie touched the now exposed jammies...

MUM:  Hector!  How could you be so clumsy!

HECTOR:  Im so sorry, it will not happen again

MUM:  But you made a mistake 4 years ago on the anniversary of our family takeover of Widget Corp!  I cannt allow such things to happen anymore, you must depart ...  and leave the wrapping paper!

I don't know how Hector got home that night it must have been a 25 mile walk at least!  oh well, whadda ya do?

Ah memories!!!

Comment by Jon on December 23, 2013 at 10:18am

Dear Scott,

I hope you're attacked by crabs.

Holidays. Whatever.


Comment by Scott on December 23, 2013 at 10:13am

Jon ate rabid-bat meat moldy sandwiches ...  AND LIKED IT!  

I on the other hand was served plate after plate of homemade yum-yums, our servants were there to assist us at every moment. I remember one christmas eve when we had to sack one of our fatihful servants, Hector I think it was, who allowed the chefs best lemon creamy pie filling to drip onto my freshly unwrapped Bob Mackey jammies!  A terrible mistake, but Im sure he's learned from it...

This year I will be celebrating with my family at our bungalo in the South Pacific, our own island of course.  Who would want to spend Christmas with locals anyway?  I KNOW RIGHT?!

Merry Christmas to most!!  and to most a good night!!! (And by Most, I mean those with the Most!!)

Comment by Jon on December 23, 2013 at 9:44am

Nope, never had thos things Xmas morning. Maybe a pack of smokes. "Here Jonny, smoke up!" No angles in our household. If there were, their wings were ripped off. I'm just guessing since all my Xmases were spent on homes for boys. 

Oh yes, there were mice. We had to fight them for the scraps of moldy bread were were fed for breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and late-night snack.

Of course there was a sash but it wasn't on any friggin' window. It was on the headmistress and if you acted up, she would take that thing off and whip you within an inch of your life. "But it's just a sash" you say. Yeah, a sash made out of denim and metallic spikes.

I opened a pack. A pack of smokes. "Here, Jonny. Smoke up! You won't get addicted". The horror.


The only thing on our roof was rabid bats. Sometimes the janitor would capture one of the bats and, if we were good, we could enjoy some rabid bat meat along with our moldy bread as long as the mice didn't get to it first. Yeah, mice eat bats. They're sick that way. 

The Waitresses. They did the theme song for "Square Pegs". We were allowed to watch 15 min of tv every night as long as we were good. I only saw 1/2 or 1/4 of tv shows. Never have figured out how that one episode of "Simon & Simon" ended. It's haunted me all these years. Did they die? Did only one die? Whatever happened to the guy that played one of the Simon's? Not that one, the other one.

I once touched someone on the sleeve. They freaked out. I went to bed without afternoon tea, dinner or a late-night snack. It happened quite a few times to me.Same auld lang syne, definitely.

I WON'T be home for Xmas. I'm not welcome because I froth at the mouth and have a fear of water.

Christmas Smishmas. Bah humwhatever.

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