December 9

Finding the Christmas Spirit in a World Gone Mad

Charlie-Brown-ChristmasI’m trying. I’m trying really, really hard. But this year, getting in that holiday mood, feeling the ‘Christmas Spirit’ seems harder than usual. But I am trying. But I’m feeling more like poor depressed Charlie Brown than I’m comfortable with.

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November 20

Friday Song: ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ by Dean Martin

dean-martin-baby-its-cold-outsideWell, well, well…Every year, the first significant snowfall of the year is bearing down on us here in Michigan, and with it the non-stop warnings to be prepared for the end of the world. We’re predicted to get a few inches of snow, which means in reality we might see two, but that’s not stopping the media from issuing one WINTER STORM WATCH warning after another. Every year, it’s headline news. And every year, it drives me kind of crazy.

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November 13

Friday Song: ‘The Hip’ by The Sparkles

sparkles-the-hipThe Sixties saw the birth of a million and one garage bands, groups of friends getting together to jam and hopefully record some tracks and get famous like The Beatles. While fame and fortune were rare, many of these bands scraped together enough cash to record a song or two. Some of them even got airplay on regional radio, back when there was such a thing.

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October 30

Friday Song: ‘Zombie Jamboree’ by King Flash & Calypso Carnival

zombie-jamboreeWhat’s the deal with our obsession with zombies? It’s not anything new, as this tune will attest. ‘Zombie Jamboree’ is a zombie-themed calypso tune from 1956. That’s really all I know about it. It’s all I, or you, need to know about it.

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