Song Insight: Christmas Will Really Be Christmas

Song Insight: Christmas Will Really Be Christmas

Lou Rawles sang this song in 1967 on his album Merry Christmas. Ho! Ho! Ho! This was right in the middle of the civil rights movement in the United States. There was a lot of social unrest and people weren’t very kind to each other. Thinking about the turmoil...
Song Insight: Santa Baby

Song Insight: Santa Baby

Honestly, I’ve never really liked this song. I’ve heard it way too many times and it is always done the same way. Booooorrrring! However, my friend Susanne loves, loves, LOVES it. She told me that I should do it. To appease her, I gave it a shot. It was 10:00 in the...
Song Insight: That’s What I Want for Christmas

Song Insight: That’s What I Want for Christmas

Scoping my Facebook feed this morning, I read that Nancy Wilson has passed. She was one of the great singers of our time that went beyond jazz. She was a great story teller. I only got to hear her live once, but it was moving. I never got to meet her, but her musical...
Doug Ramsey: “This Christmas album is a joy.”

Doug Ramsey: “This Christmas album is a joy.”

Doug Ramsey Journalist, Author I first met Doug Ramsey shortly after I started teaching at Central Washington University. During my time there, I got to know him and his family, play some jam sessions, and talk about music. He knows his stuff and he’s deeply...

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