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Oscar Peterson “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” (1995)

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been acquiring a Christmas album each year. The last decade or so, though, my go-to choice has been Oscar Peterson, and his genre-perfecting, “An Oscar Peterson Christmas.” Without question, it’s the best sitting-around-the-fire Christmas album I know.... Read More

Mariah Carey “All I Want for Christmas Is You” (1994)

Whether you love her or loathe her, you have to admit Mariah Carey has had a pretty amazing career. She's had 19 Billboard #1 songs - only The Beatles have more - with the latest coming just this month via a record released 25 years ago..... Read More

Average White Band “Work To Do” (1974)

It’s Labor Day, which means the end of the summer, which for someone like me who so looks forward to the warm weather and so hates the cold, I can honestly only say, fuck that. But, in addition to its significance as a marker on the seasonal calendar, it is..... Read More

X “4th Of July” (1987)

Last year’s Independence Day choice was a tuneful ditty named “4th of July” by Shooter Jennings. This year, another song with the identically appropriate title by the simplest group ever to alphabetize in your record collection... Read More

Cat Stevens “Father and Son” (1970)

When my son, Max, was in college at Vassar, he had his own radio show, “Band Geeks,” on WVKR, the college radio station beaming out a 3,700 watt signal to campus, to greater Poughkeepsie, NY, and through the magic of the internet, to anyplace else. I was a faithful listener. As with most college radio... Read More

The Wild Magnolias “All On A Mardi Gras Day” (1999)

It’s Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras day. So accordingly, here’s my favorite Mardi Gras day song,... Read More

The Kinks “Better Things” (1981)

It seems to me the turning of the annual calendar means not only the onset of a new year but the inherent wish, whether recent times have been good or bad, for things to get better. And on that theme there are many good songs from which to choose, but some are just, well, better...... Read More

Cee Lo Green “Run Rudolph Run” (2012)

‘Run Rudolph Run’¹ is a song recorded in 1958 by Chuck Berry (and melodically identical to a more famous one he’d release one year later, ‘Little Queenie’). Since then it’s been covered by a remarkable array of artists – from Keith Richards, Dave Edmunds, Sheryl Crow, Bryan Adams, Billy Idol, Reverend Horton Heat, Foghat, and...... Read More

Earth, Wind & Fire “Gratitude” (1975)

There have been plenty of songs over the years about giving thanks. The odd pairing of Led Zeppelin and Dido both had big songs named ‘Thank You,’ while ZZ Top and Bonnie Raitt personalized things with their versions of a tune entitled ‘I Thank You.’ Alanis Morissette left a couple letters off with her song...... Read More

Shooter Jennings “4th Of July” (2005)

I could’ve picked a more conspicuous song today: Bruce Springsteen’s ‘4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)’ probably would’ve been the most obvious choice. And though definitely not about fireworks and celebration, another Bruce tune, ‘Independence Day’, might’ve even fit. No go for either one (though when I get my courage up I do hope to...... Read More
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