Nobody will ever accuse me of being overly festive this time of year. In fact, I don't think I've been much of a Christmas fan since the beginning of my second decade. Sure: I like gift-giving and all that, but I can't find it within myself to -- as one commercial I saw recently put it -- "slow down and take the time to reflect on the things that really matter." The things that really matter to me are at the front and center of my consciousness all year 'round, and believe me: slowing down is the last thing that comes to mind when I reflect upon them. For me, this time of year is anything but relaxed. I'm sure I'm not the only person who feels that the end of the calendar year is far and away the most hectic. And this year, events have seemed to converge upon me to create a perfect storm of busyness.
So I suppose it's a good thing, then, that so many of my favorite share blogs can be all but ignored during this time of year. From October right up through December, a fever seems to take hold which requires even the coolest bloggers to post endless feeds full of holiday themed material. From Halloween's spoken word ghost stories and haunted house sound effects records, to Christmas's unrelenting pageant of "kitschy" Christmas music , the holiday season renders most share blogs virtually useless for nearly one full quarter of the year.
This isn't to say I'm totally immune. I suppose I'll be whipping out the Specter Xmas disc at some point, and I admit to a fondness for Dean Martin's Christmas album. I even allowed my wife to drag me to Brian Setzer's holiday extravaganza. His version of Les Brown's "Nutcracker Suite" arrangement is quite charming, and his new album of classical music covers, "Wolfgang's Big Night Out" makes a terrific Christmas stocking stuffer. But for the most part, I never had much stomach for music of Yule.
Over at LuxuriaMusic.com, they've begun a new tradition in supplement to Christmas. They've set aside the anniversary of the assassination of John Lennon to honor the Beatles. As a rule, the Fab Four canon is actually forbidden at the station, not so much because of aesthetics as much as the overwhelming been-there-done-that position the Beatles hold in our popular culture. But boy, do we love us some oddball Beatle covers. For my show, "C'mon! Live A Little" (heard on Saturday afternoons), I whipped out my killer Donny and Marie disco version of Wings' "Bluebird" and Tom Jones' absurdly upbeat version of "We Can Work It Out."
It was a fun day and I can pretty much guarantee that everyone had a splendid time. And, we (hopefully) raised a decent amount of scratch to keep the station going. (Yes, the fund-raiser appears to still be in effect, and much like Christmas or the war, it threatens to to continue into perpetuity and consume all within its reach.)
As for Your Favorite Little Podcast, you can see that there's not a single holiday song in the entire episode:
"Winners & Losers" - Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds
"Nikki" - Vincent Bell
"I've Got You On My Mind" - White Plains
"Lady Love" - Les Baxter & 101 Strings
"The Girls Of Paramaribo" - Berry Lipman Orchestra
"Funky 75" - Sunshine Band
"Words And Music" - Hot Wheels
"Voce E Eu (You And I)" - Johnny Keating
"Love Thy Neighbor" - Dean Martin
"Since You Opened Up The Door" - Sonlight Orchestra
"Indiscrete" - Frank Sinatra, Jr.