Deck Those Halls! 

My Latest Holiday Mix Offers Music and Other Noise to Decorate By

It's Thanksgiving evening as I write this, and I'm struggling to find just the right words to announce the arrival of yet another of my annual holiday collections. I've got to tell you, it isn't easy! Mind you, it's not that this year's mix offers anything particularly different or novel -- it's just that after 17 years of writing these things, I've just about exhausted my supply of enthusiastic adjectives and synonyms for "the holidays"! Fortunately, my stock of unusual holiday tunes remains full to overflowing, and I've managed to pull together a rather memorable set of audio delights this year that I'm calling Deck Those Halls! It's the perfect soundtrack for putting up the tree, hanging the outdoor lights, or shoveling out from the latest winter storm.


As always, there's little rhyme or reason to the mishegas, just a grab bag of seasonal sounds that kind of seemed to fit together -- at least for a minute or two late one weary evening. I'd like to think there's something here for everyone, and least a couple of tracks I can guarantee are for absolutely no one at all.


This latest mix opens with a message from the Jack Coyle Chevrolet Company referencing their "free record and free gasoline program." Sorry, my mix may be free, but our tanks are otherwise empty. Next is a beautiful song by the late Wayne Champion, whose song "Merry Yuletide Day" appeared on my 2009 mix. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is up next with the third track, "Christmas Is Starting Now," a bouncy and fast-paced little number that makes the start of this year's mix sound uncomfortably close to normal. But after a quick hello from the Producers of Tarzan, Gentlemen on Escalators approach the microphone, and while the sentiments of their offering ("Christmas Is Great") are hardly controversial, you just know that pretty soon all bets will be off. 


As has been the custom, this year's mix winds down with a handful of tracks that honor the memories of several gifted entertainers we lost in 2015: blues legend B.B. King, actor Leonard Nimoy, comedienne and actress Anne Meara and  soul singers Ben E. King and Percy Sledge. These talented artists have enriched our lives for several generations, and each is and will be sorely missed.


Deck Those Halls! includes 42 tracks and runs for just under 80 minutes. You can listen to the first few tracks or the entire mix by clicking on the appropriate button, below. The complete CD track list is also available, along with artwork for a disc label and jewel box insert. For those who'd like additional information about any or all of the 39 tracks, check out my "Bells Will Be Ringing" holiday music blog starting on "Black Friday," November 27 and running through Christmas Eve.


I hope you enjoy my latest project, and be sure to check back sometime around December 1, 2016 for my next holiday mix.