Christmas Present

Outside of Hark The Herald Angels – nothing, I repeat nothing puts me in the mood for Christmas like this. People in America – you are very blessed to have this every year. Prepare to be blown off your tootsies. No need to thank me. You are more than welcome.



  1. December 11, 2013 / 5:28 pm

    Especially want to see you wearing those heels in the New Year. Call it Resolution Nummer Eins okay? I have to say that Darlene Love [and Phil Spektor [I know, it's a C] never really Rocked my boat back in the '60s. I preferred Mama Cass or Janice Joplin who would never have dared to try them, the heels I mean. The song's certainly taken a polish though, don't you think. Let's face it Rock Music has been pretty free with Songs at Christmas whether it's "Do They Know It's Christmas"; Who can forget Elvis singing "Santa Claus is Back In Town" or Shakin' Stevens "Merry Christmas Everyone" or who can forget the offering from Eartha Kitt from 1953, "Santa Baby". Forgive me if I plump for fellow Brummies Slade: "Merry Xmas Everybody" [1972] and Wizzard from 1973 "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" and Greg Lake's "I Believe in Father Christmas" [1974] , 1984's Queen offering: "Thank God It's Christmas" has to be worthy of consideration but I much preferred the B Side, "Man on the Prowl, So having given consideration to Cliff Richard and even Paul McCartney [no not the Frog Chorus] and discarded them with Extreme Prejudice, the two Christmas songs that really stick in my mind are: "Stop the Cavalry" by Jona Lewie in 1980 and "Fairytale of New York" by The Pogues with Kirsty MacColl in 1987 [Shane McGowan's lyrics a most memorable]. I know what you mean about the American thing but who can say they haven't a favourite Christmas No. 1 from the curiously British Cultural enigma that is the lead up to and the final showing of "The" song for Christmas? Where else could a Pink Foam "Thing" with Yellow dots be voted the Christmas Number one against truly great World Music Icons that I've listed before must be considered crazy, mustn't they?. I think it says a lot that music, whether Religious or Poetic, or Crazy can lead to such a discussion and everybody has a favourite and everybody has a view. I still, though, have a love of the Carols, "Once In Royal David's City" for obvious reasons and "O Little Town Of Bethlehem" which I loved singing as well when I was a youngster before I lost it. It is what I remember most about being in Care, was singing with all of the other kids in the home, it was what we all loved most about Christmas and I can't forget that. So I'm sure that everybody has a view, even a positive for Mr. Blobby "G** Forfend" excuse my sacrilege please! Which is the point, Musick as William Congreve would have it "……… hath Charms to sooth a savage Breast". So it has powers to improve the mood after a day's Christmas Shopping, thankfully.

    • December 12, 2013 / 9:54 am

      Fairytale of New York – most miserable boring Christmas song ever. Bow to no one in my love for Kirsty but this – nope.

  2. December 12, 2013 / 6:21 pm

    I knew that's what you'd say, which is why I slipped Jona through beside, it slipped your notice, I did say earlier that I plump for Slade, Wizzard and Greg Lake, the '70s cannot be beaten for the most toe tapping Christmas Songs and who else could replace the Brummie Incarnate Saint Noddy of Holder? Another Smiley Face [you should have some emoticons Lesley]. Still you need to have both sides of the coin, even at Christmas, don't you? I mean ….. No that's it, discretion being the better part of valour, hasty retreat being beaten [deafening sound of Wildebeest beating across the Veldt]. It was good seeing you yesterday. Sorry I didn't see Lin. Take care

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