Archive for the ‘christmas blues’ Category

December 26th

December 26, 2017

I find it sad that Christmas season now wraps up at midnight Christmas Day. I suppose it happens this way because it starts in October and everyone had simply had enough.

I’ve mentioned this before but since there are new people reading this blog, my first professional radio gig was with WSQR in Sycamore, IL. The way we worked Christmas music was
one song per hour in the first week of december
2 per hour in the second week
3 per in week three
and then all Christmas music the week prior.
Then, from the 26th through the 31st, we’d taper off.
A nice easy transition back to normal.
So I’ll continue to post through the end of the year.

Also, I know some people get the post-Christmas blues. On the day after Christmas I tend to favor music that has more of a melancholy approach.
I’ve featured such happy tunes as
My Troubles from Andrew Greer
Don’t Wanna Let Christmas Go from Gabe Dixon (Dixon plays piano in Paul McCartney’s band)
All I Ever Get For Christmas is Blue from Over The Rhine
And Farewell Jingle Bells from Dave Brubeck

I’ll continue the parade with two similarly upbeat numbers (note the sarcasm)
Cold White Christmas from Casiotone For The Painfully Alone and Holiday from Angel Snow.

Casiotone For The Painfully Alone is the name of a solo-music project/band formed by musician Owen Ashworth. He released five records over 13 years and then retired the project and started another, similar project call Advance Base. Ashworth’s music has a similar feel to that of Sufjan Stevens but perhaps a bit less produced.


Her name is Angel Snow and the song is Holiday. Searching for her gives even Google fits. She is a singer/songwriter from Nashville who actually released a Christmas EP this year. It’s mostly covers of old standards with one original. Holiday is from her first album, Fortune Tellers. It’s a song about a bad relationship and the holidays. What more could you want in a depressing song.


Casiotone For The Painfully Alone – Cold White Christmas

Angel Snow – Holiday


You, Me & A Christmas Tree – Elise LeGrow

December 7, 2017

Elise LeGrow is a Canadian singer/songwriter. Her first record was released in December of 2012 (Elise LeGrow EP) – it’s a digital only release and I can’t locate it anywhere.

And other than it was released just a few days after her EP, I can’t find out any additional information on her Christmas single, You, Me and a Christmas Tree.

  • it’s not available on iTunes (in the US anyway)
  • not available at Amazon
  • but you can find it on Spotify


Elise LeGrow – You, Me and a Christmas Tree

The Late Great Leon Russell

December 29, 2016

A quick tip of the hat to the late, great Leon Russell who died November 13, 2016.

In 1972, Leon recorded Slippin’ Into Christmas with the help of blues guitarist Freddie King. The single was recorded and released as a 45 in August, and made it to Billboard and other music trade publications in November. On a Christmas chart in December, Billboard would place it at #4. But the laconic blues of “Slippin’ Into Christmas” doesn’t fit the cheery singalong mode of the most popular Christmas singles, so it never became a holiday perennial. It is classic Leon though. And the B-side, Christmas In Chicago, isn’t bad either (lyrics below). These are two rarely heard Leon tunes neither of which have ever made it to vinyl or a CD. If it weren’t for youtube, these tunes would probably be gathering dust in some kid’s collection of 45’s in his mom’s attic. And thanks to digital media, you can pick them up on iTunes and Amazon.

Christmas In Chicago
Well, I woke up this morning, the snow was falling on the ground
Yes, I woke up this morning, the snow was falling on the ground
And it’s Christmas in Chicago and my baby can’t be found

If they find me in a snow drift with a bottle in my hand
They might find me in a snow drift with a bottle in my hand
Cause my baby left with Santa when he put that diamond on her hand

Well, I’m gonna leave this town tomorrow, gonna pack my sack and go
I’m gonna leave this town tomorrow, gonna pack my sack and go
Well, it’s Christmas in Chicago, it’s the coldest place I know


Slippin’ Into Christmas – Leon Russell

Christmas In Chicago – Leon Ruseell

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