Each and Every Year, We Bust Christmas Carols

Hollis Xmas

One of the best things at about Christmas for the past few years is that now that my son is older, I’m not up all night putting together train sets or assembling bikes together all night on Christmas Eve. And i always had to start setting up toys late at night because he is truly my son; sleep is a precious commodity and always comes to him late. We used to marathon some movies till he finally would start to get sleepy. But you know, the older they get, the more time they spend away or up in their room. That’s why I was surprised that when I asked him if he wanted to look at The Polar Express with me last night, he actually said yes.

I’m not Scrooge, but I’m not known for my festive holiday spirit either. Blame that on the sun; a Vitamin D deficiency kicks of the Winter Blues (Seasonal Depression to the knowing) in me. It’s been worse with all the losses in the family, and I’ve had to make sure that I didn’t inject my feelings on everyone elses good cheer.Last night, though, sort of revitalized  my Christmas spirit. Thanks for the early present, Dare.

So today, enjoy your friends and family, and a few traditional and not so traditional Christmas caroling.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

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Christmas Blue- Ramsey Lewis Trio

 

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Deck Us All with Boston Charlie- Lambert, Hendricks & Ross

 

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Merry Christmas, Baby- Otis Redding

 

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Christmas is Coming- Vince Guaraldi Trio

 

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Rudolph, the Red -Nosed Reindeer- Pony Poindexter

 

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Here Comes Santa Claus- Ramsey Lewis Trio

 

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Christmas Time is Here (Instrumental)- Vince Guaraldi Trio

 

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I Wanna Spend Christmas With You- Lowell Fulson

 

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Blue Xmas (To Whom it May Concern)- Miles Davis

 

 

 

 

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Sample Sunday IV: The Quest for Peace

The Fruitman

Well, we missed The White Menace II: Electric Boogaloo. Wasn’t even that cold yesterday, granted I stayed inside as much as possible. I did venture out of the cave long enough to pick out a few songs. The first song I came across just happened to be sampled by the man, J Dilla for his incredible Donuts album (more from that later). Dilla’s The Diff’rence came from Kool & the Gang‘s Fruitman. Most of you won’t remember who the fruitman was, in regards to the U.S. He would pull a cart full of fresh fruit along the streets, and just shout what he had. Now I’ m not really old enough to remember the fruitman making rounds. Not really, really old enough. I’m guessing the fruitman was put out of business in the 50s  to early 60s. When I lived in Germany in the mid to late 70s, there were a couple of of men who pushed a cart of fruit in and around the post. I’m guessing you could go somewhere in Europe today, and find a village that has free wifi everywhere and the fruitman would be making rounds on Sunday. That’s just what’s up over there.

So, inspired by Dilla, I’m throwing out some samples as used by Chubb Rock, Digable PlanetsIce T and others (too many to mention). Next week, more from my home state of Ohio, via Canton. Canton and it’s soul music. Wait…what?

 

Ladies and Gentleman:

 

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Fruitman- Kool & the Gang

 

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Do It Baby- The Miracles

 

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Bad Times- Tavares

 

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Damn Right I’m Somebody- Fred Wesley and the J.B.’s

 

 

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Episode I: The White Menace

The White Menace

The White Menace has come and gone; the Posse is alive but cold.  When the temperature drops below 30 degrees, my hibernating instincts start to kick in. As a kid in Omaha, Nebraska, when a snow day came, I would be out the door by 09:00, get some hot chocolate by noon (cuz my Mom was great, and made some for everyone), back out by 12:30 and wouldn’t come back in till it was good and dark. And this was a Nebraska winter with a classic Ice Sandwich (ice storm, snow storm, ice storm). Today, if you were to tell me that my son was stuck in a bear trap outside, I might give pause (Sorry, Dare). And yes, there is a bear problem here in Cincinnati. Ohio.

So to combat the inevitable hypersomnia and my suspected Winter Blues, I was productive and laid out some music. I’m starting things off with The Chambers Brothers, because All Strung Out Over You is the main sample in this:

And who didn’t love this video?

If you have followed me on here, you know I love me some cover songs. And two of my favorite songs that are frequently covered are Light My Fire and Spinning Wheel. it’s really hard to put out a version I wouldn’t like. You’d have to seriously be trying. I really don’t know much about Upchurch, but his record is cool and the cover of Spinning Wheel, is a tad bit different from others I have heard. And Shirley Bassey singing Light My Fire? Shirley Bassey?

I finished up with Lenny Kravits, who I love, but he always looks like he stinks a little, and the 2 best songs from Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, which really should have been a bigger movie.

 

Oh, the picture is apparently the White Menace, according to Google. I thought he’d be bigger. And not look so much like Zach Braff and Kory from Boy Meets World.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

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The Chambers Brothers- All Strung Out Over You

 

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Spinning Wheel- Upchurch

 

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Light My Fire- Shirley Bassey

 

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Is There Any Love In Your Heart- Lenny Kravits

 

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I’m So Sad, So Very, Very Sad/ We Hate You Please Die- Crash and the Boys

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