December 7

2017 Christmas Mixtape: A Classic Rock Christmas!

“Sitting here on Christmas Eve, with a brandy in my hand
Oh, I’ve had a few too many and it’s getting hard to stand
I keep hearing noises from my fireplace
I must be going crazy, or the brandy’s won the race.”

I just checked the news, and everything is still bad. Really, really bad.

Everything just seems to be a little bit off, doesn’t it? Civil discourse has vanished. People who do terrible things are attaining high offices. Wildfires, hurricanes, threats of nuclear war??? It’s all too much.

And to say that this hasn’t been the greatest year for us personally would be a huge understatement; the loss of my wife’s father in July turned our world upside down. His absence looms large on us all this holiday season, but as the saying goes, “the show must go on.” And if by ‘show’ we mean Christmas music, then yes indeed, we are going on.

But…the holiday season is upon us, a time for us to count our blessings and focus (or re-focus) our attentions to those we love and the things we love and everything we are grateful for…and also a time to give to others, who may not be as fortunate as we are in these troubled times.

The powers that be (radio stations, store music programmers, etc.) demonstrate a frightening lack of creativity and originality when it comes to holiday music each year. They think we can’t handle more than 30 or 40 of the same burned-out clunkers every year. And boy are we all getting burned out on them. At least I am. Which is one huge reason why I started making these holiday CD mixes so many years ago.

The theme bestowed on the 2017 mix is ‘A Classic Rock Christmas.’ This playlist has been hanging around my music library for a long time. I’ve planned on putting it out more than a few times, but have always changed my mind at the last minute. Well, this is its year in the spotlight, thanks to my wife. When Tom Petty suddenly passed away earlier this year, she said that the classic rock mix was a no-brainer. And she was right. So here it is.

These are some of the tracks I grew up with listening to on the radio during the holiday season. You’ve also heard some of these songs in my previous mixes, but that’s because there’s just no way to have a classic rock holiday mix without Springsteen’s ‘Santa Claus is Coming’ to Town’ or Lennon’s ‘Happy Xmas’ or McCartney’s ‘Wonderful Christmastime.’ (Speaking of which, I hear many people absolutely HATE this song…..and I get it. It’s kind of a cheeseball track. But I loved it as a kid, and therefore love it now.)

And while many of the songs this year are familiar, they’re for the most part not as played-to-death as other familiar holiday selections. And there’s a lot of stuff here that’s probably less familiar.

Classic rock did manage to produce some memorable holiday tunes. Songs about being together at the holidays, but also being apart. Songs about the joy of the season, the love of the holiday, the good humor of the season, but also songs about how the holidays can often be hard for many. In other words, songs about LIFE during the holiday season. REAL life.

Real life, the one we are forced to deal with everyday, can be hard. Sometimes full of fun and joyfulness, but also often full of sadness and loss. Christmas is a magical season…but as this year has taught us, it is also a very real season, warts and all.

Here’s wishing all of you out there a peaceful holiday season and a prosperous new year. We’ll get through it together, how’s that sound? With all of the insanity in the world today, we’re all we’ve got. Make sure you take time out this season to take care of YOU.

I hope ‘A Classic Rock Christmas’ enhances your holiday spirit:

Follow the link to my Mixcloud profile, where you’ll find all of my holiday mixes.

As I mentioned earlier, Christmas can be a difficult time for many. Click HERE for a list of seven great charities that benefit children for Christmas.

Please enjoy some extra bonus holiday goodness:


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Posted December 7, 2017 by in category "Art", "Christmas", "Holidays", "Mixcloud", "Mixcloud Mix", "Music


  1. By Lizzie on

    Yes, things couldn’t get much worse in the good ole USA. I fantasized all morning about living in another country ( as far away from the US as possible) and even imagined cuddling up to a desperate polar bear on a melting iceberg.
    Thank goodness for folks like you that write about happier times, happy music, happier holidays. I’ve been listening to the Kmart Christmas music all day. It’s the only holiday music I play now!


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