Friday, December 21, 2012

"BW's Holiday Countdown" : THE WEEKEND MIX(ES)

I am reporting from high atop the Bugarach Peak in the southern part of France, as I await the Carcasonne Savior Aliens to deliver me to safety. Wi-Fi is surprisingly good.


Well it looks like my early Christmas gift of pain and phlegm has finally made its way out of my system. I'm not 100% by any stretch. But considering how horrible I've felt since Monday, this morning feels pretty good. Just in time to get hit by an asteroid...he says, as 65 MPH winds and teeming rain batter NYC.

~double heh~

As promised, here are two more collections of music for your holiday. Apologies in advance to those who'd rather not stray from traditional Christmas playlists.  I do enjoy Christmas music, but there are songs that evoke a certain spirit for me that often seem more appropriate than just another take on "Silver Bells." Here's hoping you give these two mixes a fair go and that they work for you as well as they work for me.

There is one additional track on #2. A personal fave. I've chosen not to list it for a very good reason. Sorry. I can say no more.



On The Wings Of A Nightingale- The Everly Brothers
Red Vines-Aimee Mann
Let It Snow!- Jon Auer
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear- Charlie Haden & Hank Jones
Rockin' Chair- The Band
Black Friday Blues- David Mead
Sing The Changes- The Fireman
Coney Island Winter- Garland Jeffreys
She Rings The Changes- Martin Newell & Andy Partridge
Silent Night- The Fab Four
Avalon- The Bryan Ferry Orchestra
Blessed- Wycliffe Gordon
Fairytale Of New York- The Pogues w/Kirsty Maccoll
No More Sad Refrains- Sandy Denny


Sarabanda- Bert Jansch
Give Me A Second Chance For Christmas- The Candy Butchers
Power Pop Santa- Pointed Sticks
Christmas- The Who
Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah- Los Lobos
I Never Dreamed- The Cookies
For No One-Ken Peplowski
The Little Drummer Boy- Ellis Marsalis
I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm -The Mills Brothers
Peace, Love & Understanding- Brinsley Schwarz
I Want An Alien For Christmas-Fountains Of Wayne
Rock & Roll Winter- Roy Wood's Wizzard
Make A Better World- Blind Boys Of Alabama w/Hot 8 Brass Band
Old Fashioned Christmas- Duke Pearson
Better Things- the Kinks




steve simels said...

Glad you're feeling better, Sal.

And these look great, thanks.

Robin said...

Thanks Sal, glad you are starting to feel better.

Happy Holidays.

charlie c. said...

Three mixes! I am eternally grateful . . . or I am grateful until the next time I need a block of tunes. Super Bowl mix? V-Day mix?!?
Thank you!

Dr Wu said...

Thanks for the Christmas mixes. I believe these will certainly do the trick as I prepare for the end of days - on the plus side: finally, procrastinating on my Christmas shopping will pay off. Happy to hear you're feeling better. Merry Christmas! Cheers.


Okay ... how did I manage to catch your cold over the internet? I feel for you Sal!

Excellent mixes. And now I'm intrigued with the mystery track. Whatever the reason it is a great song and she is a huge talent!

Take your vitamins ... wash your hands ... have a great weekend!

J. Loslo said...

Thanks, Sal, & glad you're feeling better.

I love Los Lobos, but I didn't think even they could make me enjoy Zip-A-De-Doo-Dah that much. I could never bring myself to buy their Disney album. Perhaps I should rethink.

steves said...

These are fantastic mixes, Sal! Perfect for this or any other time of the year. Already listened to both...twice. I forgot how great that Firemen (McCartney) track was, and "Avalon" was enough to convince me you're probably right about the new Bryan Ferry album.

Wishing you and yours a very merry.

Ken D said...

Many I have a legit alternative to playing the CD of carols yet again.

Happy Winter Sal-stice all!

Anonymous said...

Awesomeness! Glad you're feeling better Sal, and thanks for the tunes. Feliz Navidad ~
- A walk in the woods

cmealha said...

Sal, Thanks so much for especially strong mixes. Just finished listening to both from beginning to end and they were among your best.

I wish you and your family a great Christmas holiday and once again thanks for all the music, the best gift of all.


dogbreath said...

Thanks for the Christmas selection, thoughtfully reasoned & seasoned for the Season. Stay well & keep 'em coming. Slainte!

James A. Gardner said...

Happy holidays, Sal. Thanks for all the swell music and keen insight. Best wishes for deuce-aught-13.