Quotes I Like

“When will my reflection show who I am inside?”     — Mulan

Songwriters: David Zippel / Matthew Wilder   [see for the full lyrics of the song:  https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/christinaaguilera/reflection.html ]

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Our ‘B’ Side, Baby!

Unless you’re ‘older’, or really into retro music formats, you may not recognize the term ‘B Side’.  The old 45 rpm single records had two sides to them.  The A Side was the primary song expected to be the money-maker.  The B Side was more ‘filler’ – a song of lower quality, less interest, experimental or whatever.  For the most part, the B Side was rarely listened to and most people couldn’t tell you what was on the B Side of their favorite records.  A notable exception to this was the Beatles, who often had hit songs on both sides.

Back in the 1970s, a group called Three Dog Night, for whatever reason (out of ideas, no songs written, or just being creative), actually released a song on the B side called “Our ‘B’ Side”.  Yes, it was a humorous take on the second side song practice, but it was a fun song nevertheless.  If you are interested in hearing it, check out this link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0lMo3nm3JM

Enjoy!

My Favorite Christmas Songs

There are lots of lists of ‘favorites’ floating around the internet, and I don’t want to be totally predictable, so most of these won’t be the ones you commonly see on such lists.  However, they are songs I like to hear year after year.  It isn’t fully Christmas unless I get them on my listening list.  In all cases I managed to track down a link that will let you hear them if they are not familiar to you.

We’ll start off with ‘Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer’.  Yep, in spite of my recent essay on this song, I do like it and listen to it each year.  No, it’s not my top favorite, but since I did write about it recently, I thought I’d mention that upfront.  I thought it was quite clever.

Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer – Elmo & Patsy

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgIwLeASnkw)

The rest of these aren’t in a particular order either.  They’re all just favorites, for varying reasons – the lyrics, the music, the sentiment.  You might want to check them out if you haven’t heard them.  It’s possible you will like them too.

  • I Believe in Santa’s Cause – The Statler Brothers

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M13G8p5fUgw)

  • Merry Christmas, Darling – The Carpenters

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YR1ujXx2p-I)

  • I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day (the version with Calkins music, not Johnny Marks – very hard to find)

This version mostly seems to appear in religious music.  The 2nd one listed may be the easiest to hear.

(https://www.lds.org/music/library/hymns/i-heard-the-bells-on-christmas-day?lang=eng)

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOGz9WqNQoI)

(not as good; music/arrangement varies from original:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VO2ETYEvrc)

  • The Bells of Fraggle Rock – Fraggles

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtFYCeLgcwo)

Yeah, okay, a Winter Solistice song, not Christmas, but I still like it!  Hey, I put in a religious song, so this balances things by being non-religious.

Enjoy, and Happy Holidays!

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Forgot one:

Pine Cones & Holly Berries/It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas – The Osmonds

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Omb94O8f_fw)

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Yeah, okay another one.  What did you expect this time of year?  I’m listening to Christmas music!  I get a pass until Dec 31, then I’ll behave…maybe.

My Christmas Card to You – Partridge Family

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm3ZOMDS8Gw)