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Re: Christmas music on the radio
« Reply #100 on: December 11, 2018, 12:29:06 AM »

Any Christmas music I like is in my main playlist.  Good music is good all year.  I don't like it being concentrated in a confined period just because that's supposedly the "correct" time to enjoy it.  I never listen to the radio except when in a place where I don't have a choice.
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Re: Christmas music on the radio
« Reply #101 on: December 11, 2018, 12:49:18 AM »

Our Lowes was playing Christmas music the 1st week of Nov, waaay too early IMO.
Mom must have the tree up the day b4 Thanksgiving, it's artificial so it's not a problem, then it stays up til the 1st week of Jan. I put ours up sometime b4 1 Dec, it's also artificial & it comes down sometime b4 1 Jan.
Is y'alls tree real or artificial?
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Re: Christmas music on the radio
« Reply #102 on: December 11, 2018, 01:59:39 AM »

Rush fans, you might not be aware that Rush has a Christmas song! It's off Caress of Steel I believe. (Or Farewell to the King of Kings)

By-Tor the Snow Dog
Was a very happy pup
And his old man in Saskatchewan
Would let you know what's up

By-Tor the Snow Dog
Liked to bury bones in ice
Now sit right here and drink this beer
And I'll give you some advice

Paul Bunyan threw a frisbee
Across the frozen lake
Then By-Tor laced his hockey skates
And you know this story's fake

By-Tor the Snow Dog
Laying down on Neil Peart's rug
Smoking cigarettes with Boba Fett
And reading Atlas Shrugged
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Re: Christmas music on the radio
« Reply #103 on: December 11, 2018, 03:07:12 AM »

Rush fans, you might not be aware that Rush has a Christmas song! It's off Caress of Steel I believe. (Or Farewell to the King of Kings)

By-Tor the Snow Dog
Was a very happy pup
And his old man in Saskatchewan
Would let you know what's up

By-Tor the Snow Dog
Liked to bury bones in ice
Now sit right here and drink this beer
And I'll give you some advice

Paul Bunyan threw a frisbee
Across the frozen lake
Then By-Tor laced his hockey skates
And you know this story's fake

By-Tor the Snow Dog
Laying down on Neil Peart's rug
Smoking cigarettes with Boba Fett
And reading Atlas Shrugged

I donít know exactly what youíre referring to, but By-Tor and the Snow Dog is on the second RUSH studio album Fly By Night (early 1975), the first one with Neil Peart on drums/percussion and of course lyrics.
« Last Edit: December 11, 2018, 03:09:26 AM by kevinb1994 »
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Re: Christmas music on the radio
« Reply #104 on: December 11, 2018, 03:07:58 AM »

Since Rush came into the discussion, Jon Anderson and Chris Squire of Yes each had a solo Christmas album release. Anderson's 3 Ships is proggier, done during the awkward 80s-Yes period where he and Yes kind of struggled to figure out whether they wanted to be full-on pop or bend back toward their earlier styles. Squire's Swiss Choir was done in the mid-2000s, a much more "traditional" music approach, unfortunately being his final solo album release. I usually put these two albums on on Christmas Day, the only two Christmas albums I specifically listen to.

I did discover today Wesley Willis has a Christmas song, which with Rock and Roll McDonald's are probably his only two songs safe for work/radio. :D
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Re: Christmas music on the radio
« Reply #105 on: December 11, 2018, 03:10:41 AM »

Our Lowes was playing Christmas music the 1st week of Nov, waaay too early IMO.
Mom must have the tree up the day b4 Thanksgiving, it's artificial so it's not a problem, then it stays up til the 1st week of Jan. I put ours up sometime b4 1 Dec, it's also artificial & it comes down sometime b4 1 Jan.
Is y'alls tree real or artificial?

We have had a fake Christmas tree for some time now. Much easier than maintaining a live Christmas tree.
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Re: Christmas music on the radio
« Reply #106 on: December 11, 2018, 06:57:01 AM »

Jon Anderson and Chris Squire of Yes each had a solo Christmas album release.
Where's Rick?*

My parents next Monday are going to Rick Wakeman playing Christmas songs. Though if my Mum reckons she can tolerate it, it clearly won't be prog-style.

*This was shouted at the last Yes concert my Dad went to when they introduced the band, to general laughs. A couple of weeks later he went to a "Yes Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman" concert and the same guy shouted it again just before they introduced him and there was a splattering of laughter from the few with the time and money to see two different line ups of Yes in the same month.
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Re: Christmas music on the radio
« Reply #107 on: December 11, 2018, 07:29:47 AM »

I like though hearing songs that are from those long gone like Bing Crosby.  Hey Bing did duets with many others including the Little Drummer Boy with the now late David Bowie (an unlikely combo at the time, but two different eras coming together).

However I like Meli Kalikamaka with the Andrew Sisters.  That is the Hawaiian Christmas song that was later covered by Jimmy Buffet.

That is the only time you hear from Dean Martin or stars of old including Andy Williams and even Carpenters (though some very light rock do play songs like Close To Me or Rainy Day and Mondays, but still who goes to those AM stations) as normal you do not hear about them the rest of the year.
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Re: Christmas music on the radio
« Reply #108 on: December 11, 2018, 07:44:58 AM »

I can't remember the last time I ever saw a group of people go caroling. I kinda thought that was an old-timey tradition that no one does anymore.
Bougie white people love caroling. Some friends of mine in DC were in seventh heaven when they bought a house and learned it was in a neighborhood sufficiently bougie and white that they got carolers at Christmastime.
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Re: Christmas music on the radio
« Reply #109 on: December 11, 2018, 07:47:15 AM »

Our Lowes was playing Christmas music the 1st week of Nov, waaay too early IMO.
Mom must have the tree up the day b4 Thanksgiving, it's artificial so it's not a problem, then it stays up til the 1st week of Jan. I put ours up sometime b4 1 Dec, it's also artificial & it comes down sometime b4 1 Jan.
Is y'alls tree real or artificial?

We have had a fake Christmas tree for some time now. Much easier than maintaining a live Christmas tree.
We got a real one our first year we had room for a tree. The dog ate the pine needles and got pancreatitis. So we had to get a fake one. Personally Iíd prefer a real one.
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Re: Christmas music on the radio
« Reply #110 on: December 11, 2018, 11:58:58 AM »

Rush fans, you might not be aware that Rush has a Christmas song! It's off Caress of Steel I believe. (Or Farewell to the King of Kings)

By-Tor the Snow Dog
Was a very happy pup
And his old man in Saskatchewan
Would let you know what's up

By-Tor the Snow Dog
Liked to bury bones in ice
Now sit right here and drink this beer
And I'll give you some advice

Paul Bunyan threw a frisbee
Across the frozen lake
Then By-Tor laced his hockey skates
And you know this story's fake

By-Tor the Snow Dog
Laying down on Neil Peart's rug
Smoking cigarettes with Boba Fett
And reading Atlas Shrugged

This is genius.

However, given that Peart is very openly atheist, and Lee's Jewish, I highly doubt the power trio from Toronto celebrates Christmas at Lakeside Park or anywhere else, for that matter.
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Re: Christmas music on the radio
« Reply #111 on: December 11, 2018, 12:17:39 PM »


However, given that Peart is very openly atheist, and Lee's Jewish, I highly doubt the power trio from Toronto celebrates Christmas at Lakeside Park or anywhere else, for that matter.

Many people celebrate Christmas non-religiously. I'm one of them.
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Re: Christmas music on the radio
« Reply #112 on: December 11, 2018, 12:52:58 PM »


However, given that Peart is very openly atheist, and Lee's Jewish, I highly doubt the power trio from Toronto celebrates Christmas at Lakeside Park or anywhere else, for that matter.

Many people celebrate Christmas non-religiously. I'm one of them.
Me too, I have a Jewish father and a Catholic mother and the holiday morphed into a non-religious one after a few years of trying to observe Christmas and Hanukkah religiously.

Also, from what I understand (and I'm sure english si will correct me), Christmas is celebrated non-religiously by most Britons.
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Re: Christmas music on the radio
« Reply #113 on: December 11, 2018, 12:57:04 PM »

Also, Christmas is probably the most libertarian/Randian major holiday.
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Re: Christmas music on the radio
« Reply #114 on: December 11, 2018, 01:56:52 PM »

Also, Christmas is probably the most libertarian/Randian major holiday.

As a libertarian, I don't quite follow.
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Re: Christmas music on the radio
« Reply #115 on: December 11, 2018, 02:11:27 PM »

Also, Christmas is probably the most libertarian/Randian major holiday.

As a libertarian, I don't quite follow.
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Re: Christmas music on the radio
« Reply #116 on: December 11, 2018, 02:36:01 PM »

Somewhere out there, Dean Martin is turning in his grave over this article:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/opinion/drinking-smoking-carousing-why-baby-its-cold-outside-is-actually-a-feminist-anthem/ar-BBQNJtp?ocid=spartanntp

In light of the #MeToo movement, it's no wonder the only time you'll get to hear that song played is on Pandora. I feel sorry for Rod Stewart & Dolly Parton (whose cover ranks closest to Martin's standard), Michael Buble & Idina Menzel and a few others.
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Re: Christmas music on the radio
« Reply #117 on: December 11, 2018, 03:06:15 PM »

Somewhere out there, Dean Martin is turning in his grave over this article:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/opinion/drinking-smoking-carousing-why-baby-itís-cold-outside-is-actually-a-feminist-anthem/ar-BBQNJtp?ocid=spartanntp

In light of the #MeToo movement, it's no wonder the only time you'll get to hear that song played is on Pandora. I feel sorry for Rod Stewart & Dolly Parton (whose cover ranks closest to Martin's standard), Michael Buble & Idina Menzel and a few others.
The Buble/Menzel cover is my least favorite, sounds like it was recorded for a Target commercial.  I remember David Johansen (possibly in character as Buster Poindexter) performing it on SNL in the 80s, though I don't remember who the other half of the duet was.
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Re: Christmas music on the radio
« Reply #118 on: December 11, 2018, 03:06:58 PM »

I can't remember the last time I ever saw a group of people go caroling. I kinda thought that was an old-timey tradition that no one does anymore.

Same here, but I miss doing it.  I fully intend to get a group from our church to go caroling for shut-ins and at the nursing homes and hospitals.  We'll see if I remember in time to actually get it going or not.
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Re: Christmas music on the radio
« Reply #119 on: December 11, 2018, 03:08:34 PM »

I can't remember the last time I ever saw a group of people go caroling. I kinda thought that was an old-timey tradition that no one does anymore.

Same here, but I miss doing it.  I fully intend to get a group from our church to go caroling for shut-ins and at the nursing homes and hospitals.  We'll see if I remember in time to actually get it going or not.
Just promise me you won't all sing in unison.
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Re: Christmas music on the radio
« Reply #120 on: December 11, 2018, 03:11:01 PM »

I can't remember the last time I ever saw a group of people go caroling. I kinda thought that was an old-timey tradition that no one does anymore.

Same here, but I miss doing it.  I fully intend to get a group from our church to go caroling for shut-ins and at the nursing homes and hospitals.  We'll see if I remember in time to actually get it going or not.
Just promise me you won't all sing in unison.

*groan*   Oh man, I've thought of that, and I hear ya.  It shouldn't take too much work for me to produce a booklet of Christmas carols with four-part harmony written in.  That doesn't mean people will actually sing harmony, but it sure increases the likelihood.
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Re: Christmas music on the radio
« Reply #121 on: December 11, 2018, 03:33:13 PM »

I can't remember the last time I ever saw a group of people go caroling. I kinda thought that was an old-timey tradition that no one does anymore.

Same here, but I miss doing it.  I fully intend to get a group from our church to go caroling for shut-ins and at the nursing homes and hospitals.  We'll see if I remember in time to actually get it going or not.
Just promise me you won't all sing in unison.

*groan*   Oh man, I've thought of that, and I hear ya.  It shouldn't take too much work for me to produce a booklet of Christmas carols with four-part harmony written in.  That doesn't mean people will actually sing harmony, but it sure increases the likelihood.
You should find a Lutheran church, Garrison Keillor says Lutherans take to four-part harmony like ducks to water.

Assuming you're not already a Lutheran.
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Re: Christmas music on the radio
« Reply #122 on: December 11, 2018, 03:50:50 PM »

I can't remember the last time I ever saw a group of people go caroling. I kinda thought that was an old-timey tradition that no one does anymore.

Same here, but I miss doing it.  I fully intend to get a group from our church to go caroling for shut-ins and at the nursing homes and hospitals.  We'll see if I remember in time to actually get it going or not.
Just promise me you won't all sing in unison.

*groan*   Oh man, I've thought of that, and I hear ya.  It shouldn't take too much work for me to produce a booklet of Christmas carols with four-part harmony written in.  That doesn't mean people will actually sing harmony, but it sure increases the likelihood.
You should find a Lutheran church, Garrison Keillor says Lutherans take to four-part harmony like ducks to water.

Assuming you're not already a Lutheran.

Not currently, but I am the son of a Lutheran pastor.
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Re: Christmas music on the radio
« Reply #123 on: December 11, 2018, 04:29:04 PM »

Rush fans, you might not be aware that Rush has a Christmas song! It's off Caress of Steel I believe. (Or Farewell to the King of Kings)

By-Tor the Snow Dog
Was a very happy pup
And his old man in Saskatchewan
Would let you know what's up

By-Tor the Snow Dog
Liked to bury bones in ice
Now sit right here and drink this beer
And I'll give you some advice

Paul Bunyan threw a frisbee
Across the frozen lake
Then By-Tor laced his hockey skates
And you know this story's fake

By-Tor the Snow Dog
Laying down on Neil Peart's rug
Smoking cigarettes with Boba Fett
And reading Atlas Shrugged

This is genius.

However, given that Peart is very openly atheist, and Lee's Jewish, I highly doubt the power trio from Toronto celebrates Christmas at Lakeside Park or anywhere else, for that matter.

Donít forget that Lifeson is also atheist/agnostic.
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Re: Christmas music on the radio
« Reply #124 on: December 11, 2018, 05:19:02 PM »

Also, from what I understand (and I'm sure english si will correct me), Christmas is celebrated non-religiously by most Britons.
I think 'most' might be a bit bold, but it's probably around that 50-50 mark.

I'd suggest that Christmas is the time when the 59.5% figure for the Christian population of the UK isn't a total misrepresentation - it's still a bit of an inflation (fed by it being seen as the default, rather than 'none', by older generations), but its not far off if you count a low bar of religious affiliation. But only for a short period at Christmas.

Certainly religious carols often feature regardless of religious views. It's relatively common for there to be a trip to church for a carol service (usually candlelight, unlikely to be in a modern church) to sing them (in my student days, we had to turn people away from the 8:30pm one as we already had a dangerously high number of standees, having mostly filled a 4pm, and fully filled a 5:30pm and 7pm ones before that - I spend one year as an underling fire marshal sat under the tree for three services. The church sat a good few hundred a go, most of the congregation were students and at least 75-80% of them didn't bother with Christian stuff the rest of the year).
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