Holiday Bonus Mixes that May Interest You
In additon to my regular annual holiday CDs, I sometimes put together special bonus mixes,
several of which are featured below:
Ringin' In a Brand New Year!
I've been quietly setting aside whatever additional New Year's themed music I've run across since I put together my "Happy New Year!" mix at the end of 2007, and having amassed a pretty good collection, by the end of 2012, the time seemed right for a sequel. This one has 30 tracks in all and lasts just under 80 minutes. The content spans exactly 100 years of New Year's festivities, and includes material from Ben Grauer, Johnny Carson, Dick Clark, Gene Rayburn and Richard M. Nixon. The music runs the gamut, too, from the Prince's Orchestra to Death Cab for Cutie. Ding dong, ding dong!
Happy New Year!
I marked the end of 2007 by putting together this little collection of New Year's themed tracks after stumbling across two tunes I'd never heard before -- "Happy New Year," by Spike Jones and His City Slickers and "Happy New Year, Happy New Year," by Charley Weaver. Those two songs are better than any pill or potion at chasing away the blues, and together with the other 17 tracks on this mix they'll give you plenty of juice to ring in the new year . . . or anything else you please.
Outer Space Santa!
November 2007 (rev. December 2014)
You've no idea of the incredible number of holiday tunes out there -- or the variety of themes and levels of quality that exist. Most of these songs tend to reflect the times in which they were recorded, and during the 1960s, an awful lot of them had to do with outer space. This collection includes 26 space-themed Christmas songs you have to hear to believe. Originally put together in November 2007, it was re-released in December 2014 with eight bonus tracks, including a little something from Tiny Tim. This one's totally cosmic, man!
Christmas Is Cancelled this Year
I recorded this mix during a brief depressive episode in October 2012 when it appeared Mitt Romney might in fact be elected president. Knowing an upbeat mix would be inappropriate under those circumstances, I set out to create the most depressing collection of holiday schlock imaginable. This is what I came up with. Fortunately for everyone concerned, the world was spared a Romney presidency. But I decided to release this horrifying monstrosity in any case to serve as a warning of what might have been. WARNING: Not intended for minors, Republicans or those with a history of Seasonal Affective Disorder.
The NOW Sound of Christmas!
This one's for members of the Woodstock generation – folks who prefer to celebrate the holidays to the groovy sounds of the Summer of Love. Inspired by a couple of military recruiting discs from the late 1960s, this mix is built around seasonal selections recorded by the U.S. Air Force Dance Band and their special guests The Free Design, a Canadian soft rock band whose music is imbued with the spirit of the counterculture. The result is so far out, it'll blow your mind!
We Know What You Did
Last New Year's Eve
Yes, here comes another collection of New Year's tunes, but while this one has a few party-style songs to get your party going on December 31, the overall tone is more mellow and contemplative. It's the perfect mix for the morning of January 1, as you sit amongst the rubble and wonder what the hell you're doing with your life. There's music from Rufus (featuring Chaka Kahn), The Eagles, The Go Find and David Gray, along with classics from Judy Garland, Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee. Even Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev stop by to say hello. Check it out and take it easy this year.