Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Holiday Music X-travaganza: The Gang's all here

I am a sucker for Christmas music. Always have been, always will be. Not sure why. Most likely for sentimental reasons. A memory, a certain event or person attached to the season and the music. Nonetheless, whether I'm feeling the Christmas Spirit or not, I still indulge in the tunes.

In an effort to spread the good cheer, Actual Monkey has painstakingly compiled some favorite X-Mas music. So get ready to deck the halls!

We begin with a perennial favorite, albeit somewhat annoying, Mitch Miller and the Gang's 'Holiday Sing-A-Long'. Miller was a renaissance man of American popular music in the 50's and 60's. His resume includes stints as the top A&R man at both Mercury and Columbia Records. In addition, he was an innovative producer and accomplished performer. Not a big fan of Rock and Roll, Miller focused on traditional, wholesome American popular music as his sounding board. To this end, he utilized a chorale group, 'Mitch Miller's Gang' to do his bidding. So popular was this approach, that 'Sing Along With Mitch' was a staple of American television in the early 1960's.

By today's standards, the music seems cornball and out of touch. But it is awfully happy. So please join me as we follow the bouncing ball along to some of the season's finest songs. And remember, all smiles.

I'm just sayin'.


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