Monday, December 10, 2018

IT'S MONDAY AND OVERCAST - SEEMS LIKE A GOOD DAY FOR BLUE CHRISTMAS - NO. 16 ON THE 2018 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN

Well - Today it's kind of overcast and it's Monday in God's Country. What better time to highlight one of the great classic Christmas tunes that brings out some sadness when your significant other may not be around for the big day. I have included two arrangements of this great Christmas Classic for your enjoyment on this overcast Monday. Hey, the sun WILL come out tomorrow.

First, enjoy Grammy nominated top folk rock band The Lumineers - Why they didn't win is a complete mystery - doing a heartfelt rendition of  - BLUE CHRISTMAS - No. 16 on the 2018 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN.



And then, of course - The King of Rock and Roll does this song like no other has or ever will  do it. 1968 - black leather - a small acoustic band and a group of fawning fans from his '68 Comeback Special. In 1973 he would do his Aloha From Hawaii Special that was watched by over a billion people. With worldwide sales of of over a billion records, The King was and is kind of a big deal.




Hope you are busy getting ready. It's coming fast. Merry Christmas.

D.L.Stafford
thenomadARCHITECT

Sunday, December 9, 2018

ACAPELLA AT ITS ABSOLUTE BEST - NO. 17 ON THE 2018 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN

From Arlington, Texas, in 2011, the group PENTATONIX, started performing complicated, yet simple acapella arrangements of old and new tunes.

In the tradition of groups like THE HI-LOS, THE FOUR FRESHMEN, MANHATTAN TRANSFER, TAKE SIX and many others, PENTATONIX takes acapella to an entirely new level. Their arrangements, vocal diversity and passion for the music they sing is second to none.

Today, I have included an incredible arrangement of one of the great Christmas Classics.





Merry Christmas on this second Sunday of December.

D.L.Stafford
thenomadARCHITECT

Saturday, December 8, 2018

TODAY YOU MUST TAKE A STAND - FAKE OR REAL + A COOL TUNE - NO. 18 ON THE 2018 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN

I MUST ADMIT IT. I AM NOW OFFICIALLY IN THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT. BETTER LATE THAN NEVER - RIGHT? We just got our REAL Christmas tree and put it in the stand. Since we are purists in this regard, we allow the tree to sit in water overnight so all the limbs can "fallout" before we add the new lights we bought for this year and ornaments, some of which are 60 years old.

So, which are you and yours - Real or Fake? I have several in-laws, family members and friends who are a part of the disloyal group of FAKE TREE owners. I am sure all those trees were made in China. But don't be too concerned about that. Almost everything is made in China nowadays. But not REAL Christmas trees!! We are card carrying members of the REAL TREE FAMILY of true believers helping our fellow Americans who grow Christmas trees on over 15,000 tree farms across the fruited plain. Good for the environment and good for all of the poor souls who are willing to go through the process of buying, setting up and decorating a REAL tree. God Bless America and the farmers. Many of my bride's family are farmers. Hard working, good Americans all.

So for all of you hardy Revelers, I have given you a little News Flash below to argue both sides of this most venomous debate. Enjoy the take.



And since this is the Top 25 Christmas Countdown, I have included today's tune about someone you love changing everything - Multiple Grammy winner Kelly Clarkson, the inaugural winner of American Idol, with a great live performance of  NO. 18 ON THE CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN - UNDERNEATH THE TREE.



If you don't have that real or fake tree up, you better hurry. The big day is just around the corner. Merry Christmas.

D.L.Stafford
thenomadARCHITECT

Friday, December 7, 2018

THE POWER OF AMAZING MUSIC NEVER GETS OLD - NO. 19 ON THE 2018 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN

Chris Tomlin wrote today's Countdown song and Lauren Daigle, a truly amazing singer, performs it. I have been a rabid fan of all great music since I was a kid. But, I am always moved when I hear such passion and power delivered unflinchingly in a great song. Lauren Daigle delivers on today's tune from a flawless live performance. The lyrics in the chorus of this song definitively spell out the power and beauty of Christmas: 

Noel, Noel / Come and see what God has done / Noel, Noel / The story of amazing love! / The light of the world, given for us Noel.



Merry Christmas on this great day in God's Country.

D.L.Stafford

Thursday, December 6, 2018

THESE GUYS HAVE DONE IT ALL - PUNK, ALT. COUNTRY, ROCKABILLY - YOU NAME IT - THEY ARE NO. 20 ON THE CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN

THE MAVERICKS started in, of all places, Miami. Throughout their history, they have performed  numerous genres and styles of music. Today's tune is sorta Texas Rockabilly. It will get you jumping off the couch and make you do something with today. Which, in God's Country, is stunningly beautiful on this Thursday before the weekend.

So, turn up the volume, relax and enjoy - NO. 20 ON THE 2018 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN - HEY MERRY CHRISTMAS BY THE MAVERICKS.



Like the song says. HEY! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

D.L.Stafford
thenomadARCHITECT

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

IT'S HUMP DAY - WHO BETTER TO GET US TO THE WEEKEND THAN A TRULY GREAT BLUES MAN DOING CHRISTMAS

JOE BONAMASSA is   one of the best blues men around today. His virtuosity on the electric guitar along with some very gritty vocals make him a true experience to listen to. As you might expect, he brings his unique brand of musicality to create an incomparable brand of Christmas music. He opened for B.B. King when he was twelve. So there!

Please enjoy today's tune -  NO. 21 ON THE 2018 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN - JOE BONAMASSA DOING LONESOME CHRISTMAS.



LONESOME CHRISTMAS




OH HOLY NIGHT - BONUS TRACK
And for the 2018 Countdown's first bonus track, I have included Bonamassa's electric guitar arrangement of OH HOLY NIGHT. You have never heard this classic Christmas Carol, written in 1847, performed like this blues master performs this ancient classic



The weather is still beautiful in God's Country today. Have a Merry Christmas.

D.L.Stafford
thenomadARCHITECT

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

THIS ONE NEVER GETS OLD - FAMILY CHRISTMAS INDEED - NO. 22 ON THE 2018 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN

IT'S TUESDAY AND SUNNY ALL DAY - PERFECT TIME TO ENJOY A CLASSIC

This tune never wears out and will always be included in the Countdown. Robert Earl Keen is a classic Texas Troubador. It's a pretty select group of great writers, singers and pickers from The Lone Star State, including luminaries Lyle Lovett, Joe Ely, Kinky Friedman, Delbert McClinton and Don Henley. If you want to see one of the most unique performers around today, then you need to go to a Robert Earl Keen concert. And when he does today's tune you can sing along with the entire crowd because his fans know every word

Like all great Texas artists, Robert Earl blends sarcasm, irony and great lyrics into all of his music.

No. 22 on The 2015 Christmas Countdown - An ode to celebratory familial excess - Robert Earl Keen's Merry Christmas  From The Family.



Just tell me you don't appreciate this tune's essence of family roustabouts everywhere.
Merry Ho Ho!!

d.l.stafford
thenomadARCHITECT