Posts filed under: Holidays

X “4th Of July” (1987)

A perfect 4th of July song called 4th of July, by underrated L.A. punk band X, the simplest group ever to alphabetize in your record collection... Read More

Cat Stevens “Father and Son” (1970)

A Cat Stevens classic for Father's Day, which this father tearfully played for his son as guest-host on his last college radio show.... Read More

The Wild Magnolias “All On A Mardi Gras Day”

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

Jackson Browne “Daddy’s Tune” (1976)

A Jackson Browne classic "Daddy's Tune" and a tribute to all dads - on Father's Day or any day.... Read More
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