November 29

Stop What You’re Doing The 2016 Andrews Christmas Mix is HERE!!

twilight-zone-meekI mentioned big changes to our Andrews Family Christmas Mix CD this year, and you’re looking at it. I want you to do me a favor; pretend for a minute that you just walked out to your mailbox, opened it, and found amongst the bills and the daily deluge of charity requests (you are donating to them, right?) you find a nice padded envelope. Noticing that it’s from us, I want you to now pretend that you race back to the house, tear it open with reckless abandon like you do every year (this is pretend, remember?) and pull out a beautifully-crafted, custom-created Christmas mix made by US just for a select few YOU. Now, take all those wonderful holiday feelings created by the scenario you just imagined in your mind, and apply it to this web page. That’s right: The Andrews Family Christmas Mix has finally, and for the first time ever, gone 100% DIGITAL!!! No more CD’s, no more paper, no more envelopes, no more hour-long waits at the post office (for me) and no more plastic. It’s the 21st Century, eco-friendly way to share questionable Christmas music with family and friends. We’ve embraced the future here, and we hope you will, too.

How, you ask, could we have made such a foolish decision? It comes down to a few things. The first is time: As you may have noticed, this time of year is kind of hectic. Adding the time necessary to create, print, fold, cut, stuff, and mail all this material takes up a lot of time. Not that we minded doing it (well, Sonia minded) but the time this year just totally got away from us.

Secondly, there is the expense of the whole project. Again, not that we minded (except for Sonia), but the cost of so many blank CD’s, empty jewel cases, special CD-insert paper (you wouldn’t believe the extortionary prices they charge for what is basically thick perforated paper), color ink, padded envelopes, postage, etc. etc. Not that you’re not all totally worth it, but we’ve got a kid going to college next year and are making drastic cutbacks. You understand how it is.

Finally, there’s the problem with the compact disc itself. Personally, I can’t remember the last time I played a CD. I really can’t remember the last time I bought one. Aside from the playstation in the basement, we don’t even have a way to play them anymore in this house. New cars don’t even have CD players in them. It’s been a dying medium for years, but this year its popularity has fallen off enough that it’s made us decide to do away with them for Christmas.

Doing away with mailing CDs also lets us do away with the letter. The paper letter, that is. As you can see by this lengthy page, you still get a letter. Sorry.

So…you’re probably asking yourself “The Music! What about the music???” Well, settle down. There’s still plenty of holiday music this year. It’s just…digital. Before I tell you how to hear it, let me explain a little about what you’ll hear. Without further adieu, may I introduce to you, fresh for 2016:

‘Cryin’, Dyin’ and Drinkin’: The Sad Bastard’s County Christmas’

This year’s selections are, um, I’m not sure how to put this. They’re country songs. They’re sad country songs. They’re incredibly sad country Christmas songs. Out of all the yearly mixes I’ve made, this one might be the one that gets listened to the least over time. Not that it’s bad; it’s just..sad. That said, I can say that with a few drinks, and with one’s tongue firmly in cheek, the mix can be an enjoyable, kitschy trip back to a time when songs like this were actually written and recorded….and when somebody, ostensibly, actually put down money for them. But, for you, they’re all 100% free.

I love these old country songs. These are the songs that gave country music its “tears in the beers” reputation, songs about people who are having such a completely miserable time that it’s a wonder they’d want to sing about it in the first place. Actually, oftentimes they don’t sing. Many of these old country clunkers feature another old country music standby that doesn’t get used much anymore, a musical style that I’ll call the “I’m so sad I can’t sing so I’m just gonna talk my way through this damn song” technique. You’ll know what I’m talking about instantly as soon as you hear it. And oh dear Lord, you’re gonna hear it.

This ain’t your typical holiday party soundtrack. In fact, throw this mix on and watch the place clear out. Fast. As Red Simpson says, this one’s a little on the sad side of Christmas. Christmastime is supposed to be a time of joy and family. But that ain’t always the way it is for some around this time of year. Breakups, layoffs, work commitments: All of these maladies and more are the canvas on which these country artists create their peculiar art: the sad as hell, depressing country Christmas song. Sonia’s been wanting me to put together a country mix for a while; 2016 seems like as good a time as ever to do so. I’ll put the track listing at the bottom of the page.

Now, how to hear it. To make up for the lack of the CD, we have created several ways for you to enjoy this years mix. If you really need a cd, let me know and I will burn one for you but it will be just a plain old CD. Otherwise, you can stream it for free or download it to your computer or phone as much as you want (or don’t want.)

Option #1: Soundcloud

You can play the mix right here or on the Soundcloud page or the Soundcloud app on your phone. I used Soundcloud because it allows for downloading the mix to your phone or computer. Just click the down arrow symbol on the image below (it’s between the mix title and the ‘share’ button). Click on the orange circle with the white triangle in it to play it.

Option #2: Mixcloud

No download option, but free streaming from right here, from Mixcloud’s website or app. I prefer Mixcloud and it’s where I’m archiving the old Christmas mixes. Click HERE to see, and listen to, all of them. To listen to the mix with Mixcloud, just press the play triangle in the circle. That one right there. You got it.

Option #3: mp3 file download.

Click HERE or on the image at the top of the page which’ll take you to my google drive download page. Click the down arrow at the top of that screen and voila! A free mp3 file you can use on iTunes or burn to a CD, or any other way you’d like.

Option #4: Compact Disc

As I mentioned above, if you’ve really gotta have a CD, I’ll make one for you. In fact, there are several people who I know would rather have the convenience of a CD who I’ve already made CDs for. These are the “old-fashioned” people on our list. They know who they are. We still love them.

And that’s it! As with every year, we hope your family has the best, most wonderfulest Christmas season ever!

With Love,

Bob, Sonia, Clayton, Jack & Clarence

p.s. click HERE to go to my website’s main page.

Cryin’, Dyin’ and Drinkin’: The Sad Bastard’s County Christmas Track Listing

1. Christmas in the Country (radio promo) – Lynda K. Vance
2. Blue Christmas Lights – Buck Owens
3. Lonely Christmas (Again) – Dave Dudley
4. Daddy’s Drinkin’ Up Our Christmas – Commander Cody
5. Is There Really a Santa Claus – Red Sovine
6. Christmas Wants – Hank Snow
7. Santy’s Movin’ On – Homer & Jethro
8. Po’ Folks Christmas – Bill Anderson
9. Lonely Christmas Call – George Jones
10. I’m Gonna Tell Santa On You – Faron Young
11. Blue Blue Christmas (For This Truck Drivin’ Man) – Red Simpson
12. Silver Bells – Bud & Buddy Burden
13. Santa Claus And The Truck Driver – Thurmon McKinney
14. Droopy Little Christmas Tree – Benny Martin
15. To Heck With Ole Santa Claus – Loretta Lynn
16. Merry Christmas Darlin’ – James Hand
17. Out on the Road for Christmas – Red Simpson
18. A Truck Stop Christmas – BR-549
19. Let’s Stay Together Till After Christmas – Terry Fell
20. Santa! Don’t Pass Me By – Jimmy Donley
21. I’ll Be Walkin’ The Floor This Christmas – Ernest Tubb
22. Here It Is Christmas – Red Sovine
23. Christmas Eve Can Kill You – The Everly Brothers
24. Happy Blue Year – Ray Stevens
25. Sing Silent Night – C.W. McCall
26. If We Make It Through December – Merle Haggard
27. Christmas in the Country (radio promo) – Van Trevor