Sunday, December 21, 2014

2703 Stanley Clarke, George Duke, and Everette Harp - O Tannenbaum

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From: Jazz to the World; Year: 1995; Genre: Jazz/Christmas Music
Here's a great piece of cool jazz for the Holiday; one from the 1995 compilation benefit album for the Special Olympics: Jazz to the World. For those who don't speak German, this is the original title for the traditional German song in English speaking countries changed to "O Christmas Tree." Originally the song was more or less an ode to a fir tree (a Tannenbaum), which is also the favoured kind of tree to use as a Christmas tree; probably for that reason about a century ago the song got associated with the Christmas Holiday.
Anyway, this is an awesome piece of music from three of the premier jazz musicians of our time.

Hear a very jazzy version of O'Tannenbaum on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Louis Armstrong - Christmas Night in Harlem

My song pick two years ago today: The Beatles - Please Please Me

My song pick three years ago today: John Denver - Please Daddy (Don't Get Drunk This Christmas)

My song pick four years ago today: Mykola Leontovych - Shchedryk (The Carol of the Bells)

My song pick five years ago today: Steeleye Span - Edwin

My song pick six years ago today: Trans-Siberian Orchestra/Savatage - Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24

My song pick seven years ago today: Jethro Tull - Ring Out Solstice Bells


Saturday, December 20, 2014

2702 Sting - Gabriel's Message

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From: A Very Special Christmas; Year: 1987; Genre: Traditional/Christmas Carol
I'm continuing to pick songs for Christmas; this one definitely swings to the Sacred side of the Holiday, which is my favourite side. It's a traditional song that is originally a Basque hymn about the Archangel Gabriel coming to Mary to tell her the glorious news that she would be the mother of Jesus. Actually some of the words of the song come from the Gospel of Luke, so it's actually a lot older yet.

Hear Gabriel's Message on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Sly and the Family Stone - Bad Risk

My song pick two years ago today: Bob Dylan - See That My Grave is Kept Clean

My song pick three years ago today: Bob Rivers & Twisted Radio - I Am Santa Claus

My song pick four years ago today: Daft Punk - End of Line

My song pick five years ago today: Avatar (Savatage) - Rock Me

My song pick six years ago today: Savatage - White Witch

My song pick seven years ago today: Paul McCartney - Little Willow


Sunday, December 07, 2014

2689 Pallas - Atlantis

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From: The Sentinel; Year: 1984; Genre: Progressive Rock
I really didn't have a song ready to pick today, but felt like something from Pallas; something from their Sentinel album in particular. Sadly unless I forgo my old rule on not picking a song twice this will be the last time I get to pick one from the record; I've picked every other song unless I go to the three more pop oriented songs that the record company forced upon the band on the record's original release that is.
Anyway, just like the other material from the album this one's an incredible piece of 1980s progressive rock, which came towards the end of the concept.

Hear Atlantis on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: The Beatles - Blackbird

My song pick two years ago today: Vaughn Monroe - (Ghost) Riders in the Sky: A Cowboy Legend

My song pick three years ago today: Bob Dylan - Knockin' on Heaven's Door

My song pick four years ago today: Frank Zappa - Dumb All Over

My song pick five years ago today: Django Reinhardt - I'll See You In My Dreams

My song pick six years ago today: Queen - You're My Best Friend

My song pick seven years ago today: The Zombies - She's Not There