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Happy Holidays from 30 Days Out: Peace On Earth

Posted in 30 Days Out (From Christmas) with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 23, 2011 by 30daysout


REPOST from 2008 (with slight updating): – I remember when the Apollo 8 astronauts went into space, right before Christmas in 1968. That was a rough year – Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy were shot, Vietnam was a bloody stain on the other side of the world. Violence boiled over into the streets. As Christmas week opened, three men in a little metal capsule hurtled through space toward the moon.

The astronauts of Apollo 8 were the first humans earth-riseto reach the orbit of another planetary body. As they streaked across the dark side of the moon on Christmas Eve, they turned on their TV camera. A live audience of millions heard the astronauts read from the Book of Genesis while we saw our bright blue planet rise gracefully above the lunar surface. We looked so fragile, so small – how can we not find a way to live together?

Today we have family and friends in the military, fighting wars on the other side of the world. In nearly every corner of the world, there are people who dream of making war.  In our own country, mistrust and prejudice are alive and well. As we face a new year and new challenges, perhaps we can look at ourselves once again and learn a small lesson from the past.

So on Christmas day, this day of hope and promise, we leave you with Apollo 8 astronaut Frank Borman’s signoff from that night 40 years ago:  “Good night, good luck, and a Merry Christmas to all of you – all of you on the good Earth.”

MP3: “Jingle Bells” by Celia Cruz (con la Sonora Matancera)

MP3: “Navidad” by the Gipsy Kings

MP3: “Jingle Bell Rock” by the Ventures

MP3: “On Christmas Day” by Brian Wilson

MP3: “Natal” by Cesaria Evora

MP3: “Boas Festas” by Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso with Eliane Elias

MP3: “The Chanukkah Song” by Neil Diamond

MP3: “In The Quiet Of Christmas Morning” by the Moody Blues

MP3: “Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town” by the Crystals

MP3: “Let’s Make Christmas Mean Something This Year” (Parts 1 and 2) by James Brown

MP3: “Mambo Santa Mambo” by the Enchanters

MP3: “The Rebel Jesus” by the Chieftains with Jackson Browne

MP3: “Fairytale Of New York” by the Pogues with Kirsty MacColl

MP3:  “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” by the Weavers

MP3: “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” (demo) by John Lennon


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30 Days Out (From Christmas): Rockin’ Stocking 1950s

Posted in 30 Days Out (From Christmas) with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 13, 2008 by 30daysout


Day 17 – Christmas music in the 1950s might have been about Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, and the vocal groups, and singin’ dames like Brenda Lee, Julie London and Peggy Lee.  But it was also about novelty crap like “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” which was a monster hit in 1952 for a funny-looking kid named Jimmy Boyd.  We’re not gonna play that one here – instead we have the lesser-known followup where he caught his horny mom doing the mambo with Santa in 1954.   Another kid, presumably Spanish, offered “Donde Esta Santa Claus? (Where Is Santa Claus?)” in 1953 and it’s way more entertaining than you-know-what by that other kid.

MP3: “I’m Gonna Lasso Santa Claus” by Brenda Lee

MP3: “Mambo Santa Mambo” by the Enchanters

MP3: “Donde Esta Santa Claus?” by Augie Rios

MP3: “I’d Like You For Christmas” by Julie London

MP3: “Here Comes Santa Claus” by Elvis Presley

MP3: “I Want To Spend Christmas With Elvis” by Debbie Dabney

MP3: “Deck The Halls” by Peggy Lee

MP3: “Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer” by the Cadillacs

MP3: “Yulesville” by Edd “Kookie” Byrnes

MP3: “Christmas In Jail” by the Youngsters

MP3: “El Cha Cha Cha De La Navidad” by Celia Cruz

MP3: “Run Rudolph Run” by Chuck Berry

MP3: “Rockin’ ‘J’ Bells” by Little Bobby Rey & His Band

MP3: “I Saw Mommy Do The Mambo (With You Know Who) by Jimmy Boyd  with Mitch Miller & His Orchestra

MP3: “Rockin’ and Rollin’ With Santa Claus” by the Hepsters