Category Archives: music

And the #1 Un-Christmassy Christmas Song IS…

Finally! We have arrived at the pinnacle of Mt. UnChristmas. The only clue I dropped during this whole Top 13 countdown was song #7 (“Where Are You, Christmas?” by Faith Hill, from the 2000 remake of “The Grinch.”) 1.You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch- Thurl Ravenscroft (UNCREDITED!) Most everybody knows that the Grinch in the …

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4… 3… 2…More Un-Christmassy Fun!

Please Come Home for Christmas- the Eagles (and Charles Brown, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, etc.)       Bells will be ringing this sad sad News Oh what a Christmas to have the blues My baby’s gone I have no friends To wish me greetings once again   Originally released in 1960 by blues singer Charles …

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More of My Top Un-Christmassy Christmas Songs. #7 is…

  Aaaand we’re back! The good news is, we have gotten all the songs involving alcohol out of the way. (I mean, getting drunk is such an easy “out” if you are struggling to make it through the holidays.) Snow is on the ground. Temps are waaay below freezing. Sure “feels” like Christmas, at least …

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Cracking Open the Top 10: My UN-Christmassy Christmas Song Playlist

Aaaand we’re back,with more Un-Christmassy fun! It’s time to start unveiling the Top 10. Ready?  Christmas Will Be Just Another Lonely Day- Brenda Lee   I fought with myself over whether to include this tune or not. After all, 99.999% of you who are reading this (which amounts to,perhaps ten or twelve people) have never …

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My Top 13 Un-Christmassy Christmas songs, Part 1

Christmas music. Love it or hate it, you can’t escape it, unless you live under a rock from Thanksgiving through December 25th. For some of us, it gets us into the “holiday spirit” (whatever that means). But for others of us, whether we’re Pagan, depressed, or just lonely, it can be an annoyance! I am …

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Little Girl Blue: Remembering Karen Carpenter

  February 4 marks the 33rd anniversary of the death of singer Karen Carpenter. One half of the Grammy-winning duo, The Carpenters, Karen tragically succumbed to cardiac arrest, caused by complications from anorexia nervosa, at the age of thirty-two. Her unmistakable, dulcet, smooth vocals helped elevate easy-listening hits such as “(They Long To Be close …

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Boys in the Trees, by Carly Simon

I’m not normally a fan of celebrity autobiographies. I find the majority of them largely disappointing, full of mundane descriptions of their hometowns, yawn-inducing descriptions of their family and ancestors, and barely amusing anecdotes from their childhood. Many of them gloss over their tales of fame just as one might Photoshop an unflattering picture– removing …

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Review: Sara Bareilles Sounds Like Me

I’m not a fan of celebrity autobiographies. I’ve found most of them to be either A) disappointingly dull or B) written (mostly) by somebody else. Not to sound morbid, but my favorite celebrity biographies are the post-mortem type, especially if the star led a sad life that culminated in a tragic, premature death. (I’ve lost …

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Brian Paone Interview, Part Two

Last week, I brought you Part One of my interview with Brian Paone, author of Dreams Are Unfinished Thoughts. The book chronicles Paone’s friendship with musician David Reilly, former frontman of God Lives Underwater. Here is the conclusion of our interview. Sounds like he has quite a bit of other interesting material for readers to …

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Dreams Are Unfinished Thoughts: Brian Paone Interview, Part One

Recently, I got a chance to read and review a book entitled Dreams Are Unfinished Thoughts, the debut book for Massachusetts native Brian Paone, a lifelong music fan, and lead singer of several bands, including Drop Kick Jesus. The memoir recounts his friendship with the late David Reilly, lead singer of the techno-rock band, God …

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