Daily Archives: December 16, 2009

Wednesday Night Christmas Music Byte

The Chieftains are a Grammy-winning Irish musical group founded in 1962, best known for being one of the first bands to make Irish traditional music popular around the world. The group have won six Grammy Awards and have been nominated eighteen times. They have also won an Emmy and a Genie and contributed a couple of tracks, including their highly-praised version of the song Women of Ireland, to Leonard Rosenman’s Oscar-winning score for Stanley Kubrick’s 1975 film Barry Lyndon. In 2002 they were given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the UK’s BBC Radio 2. Two of their singles have been minor hits. Have I Told You Lately (credited to The Chieftains with Van Morrison) reached number 71 in 1995. I Know My Love (credited to The Chieftains featuring The Corrs) reached number 37 in 2002.

The Bells of Dublin is an album of Christmas songs and traditional carols by the Irish band The Chieftains. The album features guest performances by various artists, including Elvis Costello, Jackson Browne, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Marianne Faithfull, Nanci Griffith, Rickie Lee Jones and the actor Burgess Meredith.

Rickie Lee Jones (born November 8, 1954) is an American vocalist, musician, songwriter, and producer from the United States. Over the course of a three-decade career, Jones has recorded in various musical styles including rock, R&B, blues, pop, soul, and jazz standards.

Please enjoy this Chieftains/Rickie Lee Jones version of “Oh, Holy Night.”


Have Yourself A Sarah Palin Christmas

The Twelve Days of Christmas Song Parodies continues…

Last week, Sarah Palin once again stated the obvious. After faintly praising President Barack Obama’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech, the former ex-quitting governor of Alaska then said that she would like to see Obama act more like George W. Bush. Of course she would. Anybody planning to run for president would hope that her opponent acted like the worst president in the history of the United States. Actually, here are her exact words:

We’ve learned our lesson from 9/11. George Bush did a great job of reminding Americans every single day that he was in office what that lesson is. And, by the way, I’d like to see President Obama follow more closely in the footsteps of George Bush and [Bush’s] passion keeping the homeland safe, his passion for respecting – honoring our troops.

Is Palin implying that Obama does not have a passion for keeping the homeland safe or that he does not respect or honor our troops? You betcha that is what she is implying. As we just witnessed with her remarks regarding Mike Huckabee’s commutation of Maurice Clemmons’ prison sentence, the woman cannot say a kind word about anybody without thereafter criticizing them. This is all well and good however, because Palin will soon be harshly reminded that most every vile thing that she says is recorded and will come back to haunt her should she ever seek elective office again. Little Miss “Thanks But No Thanks” should have learned that lesson already.

Even funnier, Sarah Palin implied that President Barack Obama either plagiarized her in his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, or that he and she think and communicate in like fashion (as if Obama could speak in Pig Latin). She went so far as to compare one section of the President’s speech regarding the topic of war to a passage in her fictional ghostwritten memoir, Going Rogue. Palin said,

I liked what he said. In fact, I thumbed through my book quickly this morning, saying, ‘Wow, that really sounded familiar,’ I talked in my book, too, about the fallen nature of man and why war is necessary at times, and history’s lessons when it comes to knowing when it is when we engage in warfare. A lot of Americans right now are getting to read my take on when war is necessary.

Give us a break, Sarah. The highly educated and eloquent President has no need to plagiarize you. Do you really think that he has taken the time to read your meaningless book? Don’t flatter yourself. Furthermore, his thought process and yours could not be more different if you were raised on separate planets. By the way Sarah, can you see Earth from your house?

Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with today’s parody.

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPAOBN4Pt-Y


(sung to the Christmas song “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”)

Sarah Palin is far away
She’s out making some cash
This is Sarah Palin’s pay day
Just how long will it last?

Have yourself a Sarah Palin Christmas
Wink and blink your eyes
Leave the bus
And fly your jet up in the skies

Have yourself a Sarah Palin Christmas
Sign books to get paid
Take that dough
From people that you have betrayed

These are not like the olden days
These are golden days for sure
You don’t have to travel by bus
On your marvelous book tour

Come next year
Things will be even better
You’re the cat’s meow
You’ll still have the SarahPAC as your cash cow
So have yourself a Sarah Palin Christmas now

(These are not like the olden days)
(These are golden days for sure)
You don’t have to travel by bus
On your marvelous book tour

Come next year
Things will be even better
You’re the cat’s meow
You’ll still have the SarahPAC as your cash cow
So have yourself a Sarah Palin Christmas now

Tuesday Night Christmas Music Byte

Wikipedia informs us that “I Believe In Father Christmas” is a song by Greg Lake (most famously a member of King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer). Although it is often categorised as a Christmas song this was not Lake’s intention. Lake wrote the song in protest at the commercialisation of Christmas.

The song is often misinterpreted as an anti-religious song and, because of this, Lake was surprised at its success. As he stated in a Mojo magazine interview:

“I find it appalling when people say it’s politically incorrect to talk about Christmas, you’ve got to talk about ‘The Holiday Season.’ Christmas was a time of family warmth and love. There was a feeling of forgiveness, acceptance. And I do believe in Father Christmas.”

The song was recorded by Lake in 1974 and released separately from ELP in 1975, becoming the Christmas number two in the UK charts. It is currently his only hit solo release. A second recording done by the full trio, with a more stripped-down arrangement, was included on the 1977 album Works Volume II. It was recorded a third time in 1993, for the ELP box set The Return of the Manticore. The song has also appeared on several other ELP and Christmas compilation albums. Mostly notable of these re-releases is the 1995 album titled I Believe in Father Christmas, which includes Lake’s original single as well as the Works Volume II version.

The video for this song, the bulk of which was shot in Palestine and Jordan, contains shots of the Vietnam War, which has led to complaints from some that it should not be shown with light-hearted Christmas songs. These images of rocket barrages, air strikes, and mobile artillery are a violent backdrop to a peaceful-sounding song and create a hard-hitting message.

The instrumental riff between verses comes from the “Troika” portion of Sergei Prokofiev’s Lieutenant Kijé Suite written for a 1934 Soviet film, Poruchik Kizhe.