Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Holiday Playlist #2
I realize I'm not really Kathie Lee Gifford when it comes to spreading Christmas joy. But I'm not all coal and sour grapes either. There is something about the sound of sleigh bells that still makes me get some good shivers going. And though I do have more untraditional Christmas memories than I have jolly ones filled with tree-trimming and mulled cider, there is one great moment that comes to mind every year about this time.
It was December 1983 or 4, and my friend Carl and I were driving out to Jersey somewhere to catch a movie. He worked in Linden and knew of all these theatres that showed first run features for half the price. Plus a good drive with the radio blasting was never a bad idea. Before we hit the Holland Tunnel, he said he wanted to drop some stuff off at the Bowery Mission. I wasn't opposed to the gesture. I was just concerned that it had to happen right then. I didn't want the movie to sell out. (This was before Fandango or Moviefone.) I hadn't a choice in the matter, so of course I went along, harrumphing along the way.
We parked and carried some boxes inside. Carl was donating some old cookware. We handed it off to two men, both looking tired and unkempt. A bunch of other faces of all ages, all a bit disheveled and disoriented, looked our way and lit up a bit at the sight of the boxes. No one knew just yet, what was inside the boxes, but it clearly mattered little. The two men said thank you, and we headed for the door. That's when we heard, "HO! HO! HO! Pots and pans!" We turned around and saw these men admiring a few used crock pots. Happy.
Almost 30 years later and I still can't hear "Ho! Ho! Ho!," without finishing it off with "Pots and pans!"
That was a good Christmas.
Here is Holiday Mix #2 a bit more traditional than the first, but you know...not really.
As always, I put it together because I like the way it sounds. Maybe you will, too.
Till The Morning Comes- Neil Young
Poor Old Rudolph- The Bellrays
A Child's Christmas In Wales- John Cale
I Wish It Was Christmas Today- Julian Casablancas
All Things Must Pass- George Harrison
Rosslyn- Smith & Burrows
Let It Snow- Jon Auer
Albatross- Fleetwood Mac
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear- The Fab Four
Fistful Of Mercy- Fistful Of Mercy
Up On The Roof- Laura Nyro
Rumple Minze- Wyldlife
Old Fashioned Christmas- Duke Pearson
Harvest Festival- XTC
Have a holly, jolly ZIPFILE