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Like any Party, there can be some unforeseen incident that threatens to put a damper on it- an argument, an accident, someone getting sick, etc.
But the Party continues, maybe a bit subdued, maybe not.
That's the case here.
My very good friend Fay passed away the day before I did this show, leaving behind her husband Dan, another very very close friend.
I did my best to hide what I was feeling in Part 3, but we are friends here, and I do an honest little radio show, so I thought I would just come out and inform you of the circumstances.
There have been a few Christmases tinged with sadness in recent years, and I am sure I am not alone.
Giving it some thought, although it seems wrong that bad things should happen at Christmastime, they are still just days- people are born, people die.
And so it goes.
All things considered, if I never mentioned this, you probably wouldn't even notice any difference in this closing episode.
But as usual, I leave how well or how horribly I pick my songs up to you.
The beauty of Free-Form Radio is that I can be me, and it is always a reflection of my mood at the time.
Again, this is a valid collection of music for an end to the Party- with songs you know, forgot about or will hear for the first time.
I will NOT be a buzzkiller!
Peace On Earth, and I've made peace with it.
I wish you ALL a heartfelt Merry Christmas, with all the joy and love you could ever hope for!
Let's party again next year.
Among the gifts you give this year include a big never know- and here's the link to click on to hear the Finale at WLSO.FM:

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Comment by Mike Pell on December 28, 2010 at 3:59pm
Like I told RJ, it was one of those unexplained accidents in that I wanted to start with those two home for Christmas songs, but was unprepared for the Eagles' opening words, "Bells will be ringing, the sad sad news...".
Wish I could take credit for that brilliance, but again just an accident.
I don't know what happens to Christmas as we get older, like with your Father, they become tinged with sadness and memories, but within a framework of joy.
But I wonder if when you get real old, does that sadness take over?
I hope not, dammit, lol!
Yes, it was about time I played that Paul Revere & The Raiders song about keeping Christ in Christmas- hard to believe it is from 1967, but harder to believe what we have to put up with today.
There was some unspoken feeling in the early days at that station about not playing the religious Christmas songs.
But I ignored it, went with my picking songs and was, and still am, left alone. 
That is a great Greg Lake song, but as I mentioned, it too is sad, full of unfilled promises maybe he shouldn't have expected to begin with.
I don't know about the strings, lol!
Thanks very much Scott for enjoying the shows and writing to me about them.
Meeting you and the guys has given me the drive to try bigger and better (or at least different, lol!) things for the future!
Happy New Year,
Comment by Mike Pell on December 28, 2010 at 3:43pm
Man, this one got lost in the shuffle.
Thought of it when Scott wrote.
It was one of those unexplained accidents that I knew I wanted to start with those two home for Christmas songs, but was unprepared for the Eagles' opening words, "Bells will be ringing, the sad sad news...".
Wish I could take credit for that brilliance, but just an accident.
That was the Greg Lake version of I Believe In Father Christmas, not a happy song.
It is on a GREAT Christmas EP by Emerson, Lake & Palmer, with the ELP version and other things on it.
If you get the chance to hear the whole EP, take it!
Maybe next year I'll play the whole thing.
Hope we both had a great Christms (HUH?, LOL!),
Comment by Scott on December 28, 2010 at 9:29am

Nice opening tribute.  Loved reading your words and then hearing you say how you feel makes the Eagles track a real nice way to say what your feeling.  My Fathers birthday is during the Christmas season, he's been gone for 26 years, seem like its still influences how I celebrate.


Thanks for the Christian message!  Love to hear that people aren't afraid to say/sing that.


Loved the Greg Lake track, nice acoustic sound.  I am guessing its a twelve string since.  Love twelve strings!


Thanks for a great year of shows Mike!  Its been a real pleasure getting to know you through this site and your shows!  Happy New Year!

Comment by RJhog (Admin) on December 23, 2010 at 11:22am



That's a wonderful dedication.  I'm very sorry for your loss, and I think the two songs you opened with were perfect.  As a matter of fact, I'm gonna say very little today and let your dedication speak for itself.


The one thing I did want to mention was that you dug out a great Christmas song that I do actually like and had completely forgotten about.  That would be "I Believe In Father Christmas" by Greg Lake.  I don't remember if that's the version I've heard or if it's the ELP version, but thats a great song that you have put back in my mind.  Thanks for that. 


Take it easy brother, you have my condolences, hopefully you know that.  Take care and have a great Christmas.

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