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Happy Holidays from 30 Days Out: Peace On Earth

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , , , on December 23, 2012 by 30daysout

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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. We end the year on a note of unspeakable tragedy, burying small children whose lives were cut short.

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 more than 40 years ago:  “Good night, good luck, and a Merry Christmas to all of you – all of you on the good Earth.”

MP3: “Sleigh Ride” by the Ventures

MP3: “(I Saw Santa) Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” by the Beach Boys

MP3: “Natal” by Cesaria Evora

MP3: “I Believe In Father Christmas” by Greg Lake

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: “2000 Miles” by Scala & Kolacny Brothers

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)” by John Lennon & Yoko Ono

Happy Holidays from 30 Days Out: Peace On Earth

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

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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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Merry Christmas Baby!

Posted in Christmas with tags , , , , , , , on December 19, 2009 by 30daysout

Not much more to say about Christmas, except that it is getting close.  Santa, pictured above, is apparently a lightweight – three drinks and he’s out.  Drink up, everyone!  How about some more holiday tunes?

MP3: “We Three Kings” by Reverend Horton Heat

MP3: “A Surfer’s Christmas List” by the Surfaris

MP3: “I Want A Monkey For Christmas” by the Barbary Coasters

MP3: “Jingle Bells” by Skid Row

MP3: “Christmas All Over Again” by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

MP3: “My Dreams Of Christmas” by the Boxmasters

MP3: “One For The Little Bitty Baby” by the Weavers

MP3: “The Little Drummer Boy” by Johnny Cash

MP3: “Christmas Everyday” by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles

MP3: “Jingle Bell Rock” by the Arcade Fire

MP3: “Santa’s On His Way” by Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys

MP3: “Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht” by Pondertone

MP3: “White Christmas” by Allen Toussaint

MP3: “Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin’ ” by Albert King

MP3: “Merry Twist-mas” by the Marcels

MP3: “Daddy Drank Our Christmas Money” by TVTV$

MP3: “Christmas Island” by Bob Dylan

MP3: “Noel News” by Sugar Blue

MP3: “Rock and Roll Santa” by Yo La Tengo

MP3: “Run Rudolph Run” by Keith Richards