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Super-Short Storytime: “Santa’s Prayer”

Welcome to Super-Short Storytime, literature listeners and audio aficionados!  I am Eduardo Soliz, the composer and narrator of the curt Christmas carol that you are about to hear.  So, without any further ado, I give you, “Santa’s Prayerssst14logo

Another Christmas morning sun arises,
And Santa has come home,
Somewhere out in West Texas,
And not quite the North Pole,

The Mrs. takes his hat and coat,
They share a loving kiss,
He goes up to his room to sleep,
But before Saint Nick can rest,

He gets down to his knees to say
A prayer of grace and thanks,
To God, from whom all good things come,
And so, dear Santa prays:

“Thank you, Lord for another year,
And another chance to share,
Our gifts and generosity,
With children everywhere,

Thank you for my loving wife,
Thank you for the elves,
Thank you for the reindeer,
And all of my helpers,

Thank you for the moms and dads,
All doing the best they can,
Thank you, Father, for all the kids,
In each and every land,

Bless all those children, everywhere,
Whose wishes I can’t fulfill,
So much pain, fear and loneliness,
That I can ever hope to heal,

And so, Dear Father, I do pray
For those children in the world,
For whom a toy will bring a smile,
But who need yet, so much more,

Bless the little ones without families,
The ones who cry in pain,
Bless the ones who live in war and strife,
May they know your peace again,

Bless the hungry ones, so many of them,
May their bellies be empty no more,
Bless the angry ones, who lash out,
May your grace find and make them whole,

Let others find it in their hearts,
To take their blessings and share,
With some of those who need it most,
Fill their hearts with love and care,

And finally, Dear Father,
Please bless and hold dear,
The parents of all the blessed children,
That I will not see next year.”

And then good Santa says “Amen.”
Lays down and closes his eyes,
To dream of a world where all is just,
And children never cry.

Perhaps, as someone once sang: “Someday at Christmas,” Dear Listeners. This has been Super-Short  Storytime and I am Eduardo Soliz and I thank you for listening.  Be good, take care, God Bless, and a Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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My Favorite Christmas Songs 2020 #10

“A Winter’s Tale,” Queen, 1995.

This stream of consciousness ballad was written by Freddie Mercury as he looked outside the windows of various places in Montreux, Switzerland. The song was part of the album “Made in Heaven,” the last Queen album with Mercury, who died in 1991.

TRIVIA: In the video game Resident Evil 2, characters Chris and Claire Redfield sport jackets with “Made in Heaven” on the back.

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My Favorite Christmas Songs 2020 #9

“The Man With All the Toys,” The Beach Boys, 1964.

Released on The Beach Boys Christmas Album, this yuletide tale is overshadowed somewhat by “Little Saint Nick” (which made my original list) but is a charming tune in its own right.

TRIVIA: A second Christmas album, “Merry Christmas from the Beach Boys,” was recorded for a 1978 release, but would be rejected by Warner Brothers Records.

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My Favorite Christmas Songs 2020 #8

“My Christmas Wish,” Johnny Colla, 2020.

One of the founding members of Huey Lewis and The News (who’s a capella version of Winter Wonderland landed on 2015’s list), Colla has released two solo albums and gives us this peppy ode to holidays spent heartbroken, yet hopeful.

TRIVIA: Johnny co-wrote 80’s classics “The Heart of Rock and Roll,” “The Power of Love,” and “If This Is It.”

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My Favorite Christmas Songs 2020 #7

“What Christmas Means to Me,” Stevie Wonder, 1967.

This classic was featured on Wonder’s “Someday at Christmas” album. I thought I had already added it to my list, but here it is now!

TRIVIA: Despite containing two songs that would go on to become holiday classics (with the title track being the other), “Someday At Christmas” failed to chart on its original release.

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My Favorite Christmas Songs 2020 #6

“Merry Christmas Baby,” Otis Redding, 1968.

This R&B Christmas standard was originally recorded in 1947 by Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers featuring Charles Brown on vocals. Redding’s cover ups the tempo and adds a distinctive electric organ.

TRIVIA: Charles Brown would go on to sing the classic “Please Come Home for Christmas” in 1960.

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My Favorite Christmas Songs 2020 #5

“Twistin’ Bells,” Santo and Johnny, 1960.

Just based on their names, I always thought this instrumental duo were Latinos, but brothers Santo Anthony Farina and John Steven Farina are Italians from Brooklyn. Their distinctive sound comes from Santo’s steel guitar.

TRIVIA: The beginnings of Santo and Johnny’s most famous song, “Sleep Walk,” came about when the brothers decided to work on music one sleepless night after a gig.

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My Favorite Christmas Songs 2020 #4

“All Alone On Christmas,” Darlene Love, 1992.

When I first heard this song, I thought it was much older than it actually is. Come to my surprise, the song is was featured in the film Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. Darlene Love also recorded 1963’s Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) which is also one of my faves, and likely accounts for my confusion.

TRIVIA: Members of The E Street Band and The Miami Horns perform.

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My Favorite Christmas Songs 2020 #3

“Same Old Lang Syne,” Dan Fogelberg, 1980

This is one of the few Christmas songs that is based on a true story. Dan Fogelberg bumped into an old flame sometime in the mid 1970s and the encounter inspired this song. Naturally, he took a few poetic liberties.

TRIVIA: The woman Dan bumped into is Jill Anderson Greulich, who told her side of the story in a December 2007 article following Fogelberg’s death from prostate cancer.

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My Favorite Christmas Songs 2020 #2

“When Santa Claus Gets Your Letter,” Gene Autry with the Cass County Boys, 1950

The Singing Cowboy fills us in on what happens to all those letters that end up at the North Pole.

TRIVIA: The Cass County Boys were accordionist Fred Martin, guitarist Jerry Scoggins, and bassist Bert Dodson. The Boys regularly performed with Autry on his radio program “Melody Ranch” and appeared in several of Autry’s films and TV shows.

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