We Wish You A Merry Christmas

We could all use a bit of Christmas cheer right about now. This has been a really rough year that followed hot on the heels of another really rough year. And unfortunately, thanks to a mutant called omicron, we can probably expect another fairly rough year ahead, at least at the beginning. But before theContinue reading “We Wish You A Merry Christmas”

Someday at Christmas

These are the dark days. The dark, cold, short days that are followed by long, darker, colder nights. In days like these, hope is as meager as the sunlight and as fleeting as every other type of warmth. These are the days we huddle together with those we love, or with strangers, and tell eachContinue reading “Someday at Christmas”

Silent Night

I love Christmas music. Not that there aren’t plenty of reprehensible Christmas songs, and terrible versions of wonderful songs, but music has the power to transcend time and Christmas is the only time that some of us get to hear Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Joseph Mohr, and Franz Gruber. If you haven’t heard ofContinue reading “Silent Night”

Winter Wonderland

There is something a little Lawrence Welk-ish about Pentatonix. Even when they’re not singing holiday songs. The question is never if they’re doing drugs, it’s which ones. Caffeine, definitely. Probably some booze, at least one of them has to be a boozebag. I would hope, for their sake, that there are some less proper distractionsContinue reading “Winter Wonderland”

Silver Bells

Jay Livingston and Ray Evans – both Jewish – wrote one of my favorite Christmas songs. They also wrote Mona Lisa and Que Sera Sera, among others, mostly for movies, and won three Oscars for original song. They were originally calling the song Tinkle Bells until Livingston’s wife Lynne told him that tinkle was aContinue reading “Silver Bells”