Well, it’s that time of year again, good will to all men and women and all that. I’ve done Christmas posts before here and here. Last time we graced the post with a picture of the lovely LA-based singer/songwriter Rehya Stevens. And so this time we’ll … do the same! She’s our good luck Christmas angel.
They have all kinds of awards in show biz that we mere mortals have never heard of. Apparently there is one called the Hollywood Music In Media Awards and Rehya won for last year’s Christmas album Celebrate for a song called “Jingle Jangle.” This year’s lively tune is “‘Tis The Season'” and it definitely got old Ebeneezer here into the whole sleigh-riding, chestnut-roasting mood. Rehya advises that this fun tune along with “Jingle Jangle” is featured in the Disney flick Noelle. Which is not nothin’.
Last year – or maybe it was the year before that – I got scolded by the Brits who said “Where’s Greg Lake’s ‘I Believe In Father Christmas?’ My response of course – besides what about YOUR blog – was the following – never heard of it. Father Christmas is what they call Santa Claus so it never really took off on this side of the pond.
Regular readers doubtless know that Lake was a founding member of two great prog bands, King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer. He also had a nice solo career and in addition to having one of the best voices in rock, also played bass, guitar and harmonica. I did a little digging and found a neat YouTube (only) version of this tune with Lake playing in a church joined by the one and only Ian Anderson.
I thought the Pretenders were a great band and even saw them open once for the Stones. We think of Chrissie Hynde as being this tough chick and she doubtless is. But she shows her tender side here in “2000 Miles:”
In these frozen and silent nights
Sometimes in a dream you appear
Outside under the purple sky
Diamonds in the snow sparkle
Our hearts were singing
It felt like Christmas time
Two thousand miles
Is very far through the snow
I’ll think of you
Wherever you go
I think it was our Canadian friend, fellow blogger, film buff and (I think) part-time dinner theater director CB who recommended Otis Redding’s version of “Merry Christmas Baby” to me. Now everybody and his cousin has a version of this Otis is one of the few that can make it sound so sweetly suggestive:
I’ll wrap up this brief foray into Yuletide tunes with, first, Bette Midler’s version of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” from her fine album Cool Yule.
From 1963 to 1969, the Beatles sent Christmas tunes out to their fan club. Cheesy but fun. And so in that spirit, as we did last year, our final tune is John Lennon with the Harlem Community Choir, “Happy XMAS (War is Over).”
So this is Christmas
And what have you done
Another year over
And a new one just begun
And so this is Christmas
I hope you have fun
The near and the dear one
The old and the young