Saturday, December 25, 2021
MERRY MERRY MERRY CHRISTMAS - DECEMBER 25 - THE DAY WE CELEBRATE THE JOYS OF LIFE AND THE BIRTH OF JESUS CHRIST!
Friday, December 24, 2021
IT'S CHRISTMAS EVE! THE PRESENTS ARE WRAPPED AND UNDER THE TREE RIGHT!! NO. 2 ON THE 2021 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN
Today seems a perfect time to hear a cavalcade of British royalty and thespian talent presenting a unique reading of THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS - NO. 2 ON THE 2021 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN.
Thursday, December 23, 2021
First today - ALABAMA doing an acapella number entitled CHRISTMAS IN DIXIE - NO. 3 ON THE 2021 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN. Wow, this is some fine singing.
Wednesday, December 22, 2021
IT'S HUMP DAY - LET'S LISTEN TO SOME GREAT JAZZ PRESENTED BY SOME AMAZING ARTISTS TODAY - NO. 4 ON THE 2021 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN
Tuesday, December 21, 2021
MERCY ME ON TUESDAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS - THESE BOYS CAN PLAY AND SING LIKE CRAZY - NO. 5 ON THE 2021 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN
Monday, December 20, 2021
HOW ABOUT A LITTLE R&B THE MONDAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS FROM KEB MO' AND FREINDS - NO. 6 ON THE 2021 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN
First up today - KEB performs a great innovative Christmas tune written by Koko Taylor around 2009. The video shows KEB playing this tune to get the party going - NO. 6 on the 2021 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN - MERRY MERRY CHRISTMAS,
Sunday, December 19, 2021
ON THE LAST SUNDAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS - ENJOY SOME AMAZING POWER SINGING FOR NO. 7 ON THE 2021 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN
First up today features one of the greatest Gospel Tenors to ever grace a stage. David Phelps has performed all of the world and has been in and out of the Gaither Vocal Band since 1997. Phelps is a countertenor, which means he can sing well into the alto range vocally. Winner of two Grammys and four Doves, he is a true power singer with vocal subtlety and control. The last note in this performance is insanely high and perfect. NO. 7 on THE 2021 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN - DAVID PHELPS and OH HOLY NIGHT.
Saturday, December 18, 2021
TODAY IS SATURDAY - CHRISTMAS IS ONE WEEK AWAY - ENJOY A GREAT SINGER TO GET YOU IN THE MOOD - NO. 8 ON THE 2021 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN
Kelly Clarkson is the first winner of American Idol way back in 2002! Since then, she has become a serious pop, rock and R&B singer, winning three Grammys to date and selling over 25 million records, Clarkson has developed and evolved as an innovative writer and performer. This artist has set her own trail in the world of pop/rock. After winning American Idol she became the first female artist to top the Billboard's pop, contemporary, adult pop, country and dance charts.
First tune today features Clarkson performing the great Christmas Classi SANTA BABY, first recorded in 1953, from her TV Special WHEN CHRISTMAS COMES AROUND - NO. 8 on THE 2021 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN.
Friday, December 17, 2021
IT'S FRIDAY - HOW ABOUT SOME ROCK & ROLL CHRISTMAS TO GET THE WEEKEND STARTED - NO. 9 ON THE 2021 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN
First up today - The one and only Steven Tyler of Aerosmith is joined by the great guitarist and country singer Brad Paisley for a hot version of RUN RUN RUDLOPH - NO. 9 ON THE 2021 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN.
Thursday, December 16, 2021
IT'S LYLE LOVETT DAY FOR CHRISTMAS - A TRUE TEXAS TROUBADOUR SINGS - NO. 10 ON THE 2021 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN
I am a rabid Lyle Lovett fan. I have seen him live at least four times. His writing, his unique voice and his arrangements, particularly with His Large Band, are always full of irony, humor and poetic commentary about life and love. The first time I saw Lovett was in 1989 on The Johny Carson Show doing a duet with the great alto Francine Reed - What Do You Do! I went out the very next day and bought two CD's. I was hooked. This Texas Troubadour is the recipient of four Grammys and was inducted into The Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2007. Seeing him and His Large Band live should be on every music lover's Bucket List.
First up today is a rather interesting tune in which Lovett sings about life and changes in life relative to Christmas. It's a very thought-provoking song to listen to. NO. 10 ON THE 2021 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN - LYLE LOVETT performs CHRISTMAS MORNING.
Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Today - I found some unusual tunes with videos. There are so many things
out there so you are forced, sometimes, to just go with what feels good at the time. So, it may appear random, but today's tunes have the same purpose as all the others - To brighten your mood, your attitude and your outlook during the Christmas Season. Plus - You must admit that is a pretty cool picture - beauty and the beast.
First up today - Allison Krauss, the immensely talented bluegrass singer, with a voice that is pure and elegant like freshly fallen snow or clean flowing natural water, sings a duet with one of rock's greatest lead singers - Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin. The video is from a great Christmas Movie LOVE THE COOPERS starring John Goodman and Diane Keaton and a great supporting cast. Enjoy Light of Christmas Day for NO. 11 on THE 2021 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN.
Tuesday, December 14, 2021
TODAY IS BIG BAND DAY FOR CHRISTMAS - TAKE A LISTEN AT SOME AMAZING PERFOMANCES FOR NO. 12 ON THE 2021 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN
I have been a fan of Big Band Music since i was a kid. The horns, the drums, piano and the stand-up bass have always brought great music from way back in the day to contemporary sounds of today. Bands lead by such greats as Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie and Duke Ellington. More recently, with bands lead by the likes of Doc Severinson, the great drummer Buddy Rich and Wynton Marsalis, this uniquely American style of music is alive and well. I heard the Count Basey Orchestra perform with the great Tom Jones in Jacksonville, Florida in the mid-sixties and, more recently, The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra lead by trumpeter Wynton Marsalis two years ago.
First up - From 2015 - The United States Air Force Band honoring WWII veterans with a killer Christmas Medley at Union Station in Washington, D.C.. In addition to the band an amazing dance troop from NYC performed and the Secretary of the Air Force, Deborah Lee James, was the lead singer on Jingle Bells along with a contingent of other great singers. How cool is that? So - Enjoy - The USAF Band tearing up a great Christmas Medley - No. 12 on the 2021 Christmas Countdown. The crowd was much impressed.
Monday, December 13, 2021
IT'S MONDAY AGAIN - HERE IS SOME CHRISTMAS HUMOR FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY - NO. 13 ON THE 2021 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN
OK. It's Monday and I know you can't wait 'till the weekend to go to one or
two parties or get togethers. So, today, you will hear one of the truly great send ups of Christmas. A little humor is a good thing in this Post Covid time we are living in. I have been told that this song reminds some people of their own family - cousins, sister in laws, brother in laws, aunts, uncles, boyfriends, girlfriends, etc. So, I hope this tune will brighten your week as you prepare for Christmas and all the parties that you will, no doubt, be invited to.
Robert Earl Keene is one of my favorite country artists. His ability to write lyrics, both serious and not so serious and deliver each song he performs with flair and conviction sets him apart from other performers. He is a classic Texas Troubadour. He and another great Texas Troubadour, Lyle Lovett, are best friends, In other words - He's the real deal. He was inducted into The Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2019. To date, He has released eighteen albums. I hope you enjoy and have a good laugh as you listen to this great Christmas Tune by the one and only Robert Earl Keene - Merry Christmas From The Family - No. 13 on The 2021 Christmas Countdown. My son and I saw Robert Earl perform this song in Atlanta and all three thousand or so people knew every single word and sang right along with him. Fabulous!
Sunday, December 12, 2021
IT'S SUNDAY AGAIN AT CHRISTMAS - HOW ABOUT SOME POWERFUL TUNES PROCLAIMING THE BIRTH OF CHRIST - NO. 14 ON THE 2021 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN
It's Sunday today. Only fourteen days 'till the day we celebrate the birth of The Savior of The World - Jesus Christ. There is something about this time of year that brings people together unlike any other time. Today features some amazing, powerful songs and videos proclaiming the birth of Christ.
O Holy Night has graced Christmas for over 170 years. It is one of the truly great carols of all time. Today's song and video by The Piano Guys and the talented fifteen-year-old Lexi Walker, who sings O Holy Night lyrics with Ave Maria's melody. Her angelic voice makes this Christmas classic like nothing you have ever heard.
Saturday, December 11, 2021
HOPE YOU'RE ENJOYING YOUR SATURDAY - ONLY TWO WEEKS 'TILL IT'S HERE - PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT SOME AMAZING COMMERCIALS AND STORIES ABOUT CHRISTMAS - NO. 15 ON THE 2021 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN
Today, I thought I would share some touching and entertaining commercials and stories honoring Christmas. They all remind us of the beauty and joy of Christmas. Even the Grinches have to acknowledge the season and the giving between families and friends and people you don't even know.
First, please take a look at a commercial that will bring back memories of the good times through generations - Bouygues Christmas 2018. Dancing never looked so good.
Friday, December 10, 2021
OK - TODAY IS FRIDAY - A PERFECT DAY - MICHAEL BUBLE' - ALL THE WAY - SO I SAY - MERRY CHRISTMAS NO. 16 ON THE 2021 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN
I have been a Michael Bublé fan since the first time I heard him sing. He captures the essence of all of the great music performed in the forties by the SInatras, the Tormes, the Crosbys and many more while bringing his own modern interpretation to some of the greatest tunes ever written. Then, later, when I saw how he was discovered singing at a wedding by one of the greatest producers and managers of contemporary musicians in the recording world - David Foster , this Canadian singer's place at the top of the old school jazz performers list is fabulous for people who love and appreciate great music. I have had the privilege of seeing this incredible talent perform live twice.
So, today, because it's Friday and only fifteen days 'till the big day, I have included two outstanding examples of this modern-day crooner's outstanding interpretations of some classics - First up - No. 16 on the Christmas Countdown - The video starts with Blue Christmas, the classic made famous by Elvis. Hearing and seeing the trumpet player makes this video a must see. Also on this video is a unique vocal performance of Silver Bells with Bublé backed up by the vocal group 7 Naturally that toured with him on four different world tours.
Thursday, December 9, 2021
IT'S THURSDAY - THE WEEKEND IS ON THE WAY - SO TAKE A LISTEN TO GET YOU READY FOR PARTIES & THE SPIRIT OF THE SEASON - NO. 17 ON THE 2021 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN
THE BEACH BOYS, formed in 1961, became one of the hottest pop/rock bands to ever record. I saw them live in Tully Gym at Florida State when I was in high school, and they were amazing. The band, with the musical genius Brian Wilson writing most of their songs, have sold over 100 million records to date. Their album Pet Sounds, released in 1966, is considered one of the most innovative albums ever recorded in pop/rock music.
So, today, just take yourself back when life was simple and enjoy THE BEACH BOYS performing an original Christmas tune written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love - NO. 17 on the 2021 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN.
Wednesday, December 8, 2021
WHITE CHRISTMAS MUST BE SUNG ALL THE TIME DURING DECEMBER - ENJOY NO. 18 ON THE 2021 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN
Today, I am posting three different arrangements of one of the most classic Christmas songs ever recorded. Written by the incomparable Irving Berlin in 1942, the composition won an Oscar at the 15th Academy Awards. That's before I was a gleam in my mom and dad's eyes! The song was originally recorded for the film Holiday Inn in 1942. However, a new version of the song was featured in the 1954 film White Christmas. From that point on, this simple song became a Christmas standard.
The first video of this classic is in black and white, from 1951, featuring Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee. The song still holds the record for the highest selling single in recording history - Fifty million copies sold. So enjoy - WHITE CHRISTMAS by Bing & Peggy in 1951 - NO. 18 on THE 2021 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN.
Tuesday, December 7, 2021
TODAY - ENJOY A VERY CREATIVE SOUTHERN ROCKER SINGIN ABOUT THE GOOD NEWS - NO. 19 ON THE 2021 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN
The description of Zach Williams laid out on his web site cannot be improved on - Here is a brief description of this Grammy award winning artist.
"Zach Williams’ powerful and poignant journey spans how a boy with a storybook childhood filled with wonderfully nurturing parents, a strong and supportive grounding in the church, and a warm and loving local community was seduced away by the illusion of rock stardom, and the drug and alcohol excesses that can so often accompany that lifestyle.
These days, the Jonesboro, Arkansas-raised and currently Nashville, Tennessee-based artist is a renewed man. He’s a husband, a father, and has also become one of CCM’s leading artists and songwriters by carving a niche with his singular blend of southern rock, country, and faith-filled songwriting, which quickly awarded him his first GRAMMY with his debut album, 2017’s Chain Breaker."
Today's tune captures what the above summary describes about this innovative singer and his band - GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN - NO. 19 ON THE 2021 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN. Williams' version of this classic really rocks!
Monday, December 6, 2021
IT'S MONDAY MORNING - GET SOME ENERGY FROM A GREAT TUNE WITH DANCING - NO. 20 ON THE 2021 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN
So today, you will hear a great cover version of Last Christmas by Post Modern Jukebox singers Sara Niemietz, Cristina Gatti and Arian Savalas with tap dancer Melinda Sullivan. No. 20 on the 2021 Christmas Countdown. This tune really kicks - Enjoy.
Sunday, December 5, 2021
FIRST SUNDAY IN DECEMBER - LISTEN TO SOME OF THE GREATEST SINGING YOU WILL EVER HEAR - NO. 21 ON THE 2021 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN
First - a personal note. I grew up singing gospel music. At the age of twelve, my father called a family meeting and announced that we were going to form a gospel quartet and sing in church or wherever we were invited. It was the classic - Daddy sang bass - Momma sang tenor. My brother was the lead and I sang baritone (I later became a tenor). So, I have sung gospel music almost my entire life. My dad would drag us to gospel sings all over the south when I was a kid. Gospel music became part of my DNA and I still love singing and hearing great gospel music today.
Saturday, December 4, 2021
TODAY - HOW ABOUT A LITTLE DANCING FROM THE NEW YORK CITY ROCKETTES - NO. 22 ON THE 2021 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN
performing as a precision dance company at Radio City Music Hall since 1932. Their most renown show is the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. i have told many people - seeing The Rockettes in Radio City Music Hall at Christmas should be on every person's Bucket List. They are truly amazing to watch, listen and enjoy this incredible group of dancers perform. Over three thousand women have performed with this amazing dance institution since 1933. One of my observations - When we saw them perform at Radio City in December of 2014 - How in the world do they find that many women the same size and height that can dance? But that's another post for another day.