Hello, again! It’s Reader once again, still riding high from giving away a couple cartons of some delicious eggnog, to our two winners on this morning’s edition of the “Wheel of Nog!”
I’ve got a couple more of my favourite holiday tunes to share with you guys today, as part of my personal Christmas Countdown. The first, is a new spin on a old classic.
Despite being a recording artist since the 1960’s, it wasn’t until October 2018, that one of my fave guitarists, Eric Clapton, put out any holiday material, with the release of his latest album, “Happy X-Mas.” It’s got a lot of great bluesy flavour to it, fantastic guitar work (would you expect any less?), and a bit of an oddity – an almost unrecognizable EDM version of “Jingle Bells,” that he created, in memory of Avicii, who he came to learn of through his daughter, after the DJ’s tragic passing, in April. E.C. became such a fan, that he decided to pay tribute in musical form.
But the tune I feature here, is Clapton’s bluesy take on Irving Berlin’s classic, “White Christmas.” The video is a lot of fun, too – a claymation story of a young boy, who dreams of getting a guitar for Christmas. Here it is… enjoy!
There’s never a bad time for some Eric Clapton!
The other track I’m featuring today, was first recorded in 1963, and it sounds just as incredible today, as it did back then!
“Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” has been covered by everyone, from Mariah Carey and U2, to Foo Fighters, to Michael Buble, Joey Ramone, Jon Bon Jovi, and Death Cab For Cutie. But, for my money, nobody has come close to matching Darlene Love’s original, that was part of “A Christmas Gift for You,” a holiday compilation album put together by producer Phil Spector, back in ’63.”
One great TV tradition began in 1986, when Darlene appeared on “Late Night with David Letterman” and performed the track, in what became an annual holiday staple, and she would return every Christmas season to sing on Dave’s show (except for 2007, when a writers’ strike forced the show to use a recording of her performance from the previous year!) Of course, Dave retired from CBS’ “Late Show” in 2015, so in December 2014, Darlene returned one final time to bless the show with her Christmas magic. Here it is, in all its glory!
How amazing was that!
I’m taking a week off, to visit some family, and (hopefully) wrap up my Christmas shopping, but when I return from my brief sojourn, I’ll continue my Christmas Countdown, with some more of my favourites from the holiday season!