One songwriter, many Christmas songs

Johnny Marks made something of a speciality of Christmas songs–Wikipedia lists 26 Christmas and Christmas-show songs by Marks, and he named his music publishing company St. Nicholas Music. Here are some particularly well-known examples: “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” by Johnny Marks, based on a poem by Robert L. May, as sung by Destiny’s Child (you

So yesterday we had a Phil Spector-influenced song…

How about an actual Phil Spector song? “Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)” by Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Barry, and Phil Spector, sung by (a quite young) U2: Video posted by Justin Duarte And sung by the original singer, Darlene Love (with Patti LaBelle), just a year ago: Video posted by The View According to Rolling Stone

It’s not only about old songs, you know…

Here’s a relatively new one–the Phil Spector-influenced “Underneath the Tree,” by Kelly Clarkson and Greg Kurstin, sung by Kelly Clarkson: Video from KellyClarksonVEVO   [I]n December, 2013, Clarkson told Jay Leno that she waited to do a Christmas album until [Kurstin] was available. She added, “He’s Jewish, so he didn’t know any of the songs.

I hope everyone had a wonderful day…

After all, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”! Lyrics by Edward Pola, music by George Wyle, sung by The Muppets (with Mindy Kaling, although I have to say you can’t hear her): Video from ABC Television Network If that’s just too cute for you (it’s not for me, but hey, tastes differ), have

Thanksgiving Proclamation, 1789

*ahem* Could I have a moment of your attention before you disappear into a blizzard of parades/football games/National Dog Show/cooking/eating/otherwise celebrating Thanksgiving? By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation. Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful