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My Quarantine Playlist

Certain songs from my youth just seem to resonate a little more as the days grow into weeks and months:

Land of Confusion – Genesis
Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? – Chicago
It’s the End of the World – REM
Too Much Time on My Hands – Styx
Bad Medicine – Bon Jovi
Time Ain’t Money -Huey Lewis and The News
Dancing With Myself – Billy Idol

Listen to them all on YouTube

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My Favorite Christmas Songs 2018 #10

When it’s Christmas Time in Texas, George Strait, 1986

Having lived in Texas for all of my life, I can certainly relate to George Strait’s ode to Christmas in the Lone Star State. While y’all are having turkey and ham, we’re firing up the grill.

Crazy thing: I’ve actually experienced a White Christmas once, in 2004 in Corpus Christi, of all places.  That’s it for this year’s additions!

Listen to all of the songs here on YouTube!

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My Favorite Christmas Songs 2018 #9

Jingle Bells, The Ray Conniff Singers, 1959

Ray Conniff was a bandleader and arranger who had a Top 10 hit in 1966 with “Somewhere My Love,” from the movie Doctor Zhivago. He is best known for “The Ray Conniff Singers,” who released three Christmas albums.

The Singers rendition of “Jingle Bells” is notable because it features not only the rarely-heard second verse, but also a third, possibly written by Conniff.

Listen to all of the songs here on YouTube!

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My Favorite Christmas Songs 2018 #5

Here Comes Santa Claus, Elvis Presley, 1957

Another of Gene Autry’s holiday classics, he was inspired to write it after hearing crowds chant: “Here Comes Santa Claus!” during a Christmas parade he was participating in.  Elvis Presley puts his own spin on the tune, which is of course, his.

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My Favorite Christmas Songs 2018 #3

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Texas Tornados, 1999

This marks Rudolph’s 3rd song on the list.  Recorded for “A Christmas Tradition Volume III” album, The Texas Tornados (naturally) give a Tejano twist to the classic, with the last verse being sung in Spanish.

YouTube user unclebill68 wrote:”I produced and engineered. The label wanted a nice Xmas carol. You should have seen the look on their faces.”

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My Favorite Chirstmas Songs 2018 #2

Auld Lang Syne, B.B. King, 2001

“Auld Lang Syne” is a Scots-language poem written by Robert Burns in 1788 set to folk music.  This song’s presence on the list is admittedly a little bit of a stretch, since it’s best known for being sung at New Year’s Eve these days. 

The song is usually performed at a fairly slow tempo, but B.B. King’s rendition is more upbeat.

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