Matt Nathanson – ‘Farewell December’ – Album Review


I am not big on Christmas albums. Not my favorite thing in the world. I don’t mind compilation albums with numerous different people singing various Christmas songs, but one album, by one person doing only Christmas songs. Not my thing. So when Matt Nathanson announced a Christmas album, I wasn’t thrilled, but at the same time, it was Matt Nathanson who is one of my favorite artists. So, I gave it try and now I’m glad I did.

The digital only album is nothing but covers, but it is okay as how do you write a new Christmas song when there are so many out there. He starts off with the sweet, tender “Christmas Time Is Hear” which features the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. It is a hauntingly beautiful interpretation, short and sweet and a great opener. Matt kicks things up a notch with the English/Spanish song “Donde Esta Santa Claus” which is a fun, energetic romp full of Latin flavors. It is a tasty treat and one of my favorite tracks on the album.

Matt covers “Blue Christmas” and he plays it softer than Elvis and thankfully he doesn’t try to copy that approach as it would sound too Karaoke. Matt’s version has a country flair to it and is quite pleasant as Matt’s voice is as slick as melted butter. To keep the color theme going he goes in to “White Christmas” which is amazing short at only 51 seconds so not sure why even bother including it. It is an all acoustic short instrumental that is actually quite beautiful.

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Merry Christmas: Stryper – “Reason For the Season”

I’m sitting here on this long, cold, winter night with a glass of wine in my hand and some crackers on a plate, contemplating Christmas and what it is all about.

What?  I am sorry, what did you say?

I’m missing cheese to go with my wine and crackers?

No, I am afraid you are mistaken, I have plenty of cheese as I am sitting here listening to Stryper’s Christmas song “Reason for the Season” and you can’t get any more cheesy than that song.


Lyrically, the song is really awful…yet it is so bad that it is actually wonderful.  You can’t help but love it! Really!  If that isn’t enough, you get a “short” version and a “long” version. Wow!!  Because once truly isn’t enough.

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The Christmas Rant – LEAVE CHRISTMAS ALONE!!

Tomorrow is Christmas!  It is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus, celebrate our families and the ones we love.  It is a time to be joyful and full of yuletide cheer (whatever that is).  However, some people have tried to poo poo on the Holidays.  And I can’t take it anymore.  So, you are about to get something from I rarely ever do.  Voicing my opinion about some topics that have really pissed me off this year.  Sit back and settle in…if this offends you, too bad.


First up…since it is a music site, I will start with the music controversy with the song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”.  If you aren’t aware, a radio station or two has BANNED the Christmas song, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” because they feel it is Rape Song!!.  A Rape Song!…really.  Yes, the lyrics when read without context of the singing or the time within which they were written do sound like a possible date rape scenario, I will give them that.

However, I think the #MeToo movement or whatever movement is going a little too far with this.  Seriously, do you have to take the joy out of Christmas???  You are missing something crucial about the song.  When the singers are singing this, it isn’t date rape, it is a playful flirtation between the two parties.  The song was written in the 1940’s.  Women couldn’t come right out and say they wanted to have sex with the guy, they had to come across as innocent and playfully suggest such things so she didn’t come across as a Whore.

So, please shut the fuck up and leave my Christmas music alone!!  You suck the life out of everything.  Hell, it must be hard being you!!


Oh, by the way, I saw this on Facebook and thought it was funny…Frosty the Snowman is naked and smoking in front of kids…you might want to Ban Frosty!!



First you fuck with Baby, It’s Cold Outside and now you want to fuck with Santa!!  Am I hearing this correctly??  You want a gender neutral Santa Claus???  It this a joke???

Ok, I am ready to lose my shit!!  Santa Claus is a Male!!  He is married to Mrs. Claus.  He is a JOLLY OLD FAT MAN!!!  Leave Santa alone.  Now, before you go and say anything, I don’t care if Santa is White or Black or whatever color you want your Santa to be, but Santa is a MAN!!!  A very FAT MAN!!  And there is nothing wrong with being a Man.  Stop fucking with my Christmas Tradition!!  If you want your own Christmas icon that delivers presents or whatever and they are gender neutral, that is fine…BUT IT AIN’T SANTA CLAUS!!!  I am curious, when did being a male in this country become such a bad thing!!




Now this controversy has been around awhile about not being able to say “Merry Christmas” to anyone.  I am going to say Merry Christmas!!  Why, because I can and have every right to do so!  If you are offended that is your own personal fucked up problem.  If you were to come up to me and say Happy Hanukah, I would in no way be offended.  I would be appreciative and I would say it back to you even though I am not Jewish.  Why?  Because I would be glad you greeted me with such kind words.  We aren’t trying to force Christ on you we are wishing you well.

Merry Christmas is more than just about Christ (although that is the big focus).  It is also about family and loving one another.  It is about celebrating everyone whether we are Christians or Jewish or Muslim or whatever you are.  We give gifts to those we love and consider friends.  it is supposed to be a time of joy.  If your sad, pathetic life is offended by the statement of Merry Christmas, that is on you.  Not Me!!  I mean no ill will when I say it and I can’t control how you take it, but I am pretty darn sure you will never stop me from saying it!!



And thanks for listening to me ramble even if I don’t make sense half the time.  I am a little tired of the political correctness gone way too far!!  The world has lost its sense of humor and people have lost the ability to be kind to one another.  It is a sad, sad world we live in now.

And one final thought…MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Happy Birthday Jesus! – “Birthday” by the Beatles

Merry Christmas Everyone!!  It will be a busy day with opening presents, spending time with family and hopefully listening to new albums I might get for Christmas.  I wanted to take a second and wish all my loyal followers and fellow bloggers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays.

The biggest thing to do today is to celebrate someone’s birthday.  Actually, two someones. Today we celebrate two very special Birthdays.  One is the Big Guy, Jesus!  We have to wish Jesus a Happy Birthday as He is the reason for the season.  He is what Christmas is all about.  He puts the “Christ” in Christmas.  BUT!!!…He isn’t the only one that has birthday on Christmas.  Nope.  I do as well.  I won’t tell you my age, but it is less than 50 and greater than 48.

And to celebrate our Birthdays, I am going to leave you with a great Birthday song by the Beatles simply called “Birthday”.  I like this one because when I sing it for Jesus, I tell him its his birthday, but it is my birthday too, yeah.  So enjoy and Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday Jesus!

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My Sunday Song – “Peace On Earth / Little Drummer Boy” by David Bowie & Bing Crosby

My Sunday Song #71 is “Peace On Earth / Little Drummer Boy” sung by David Bowie & Bing Crosby.  Since tomorrow is Christmas, why not do a Christmas song and this is one of my favorites as I thought the combination of these two was weird and beautiful at the same time.  It covered two different generations as you had the newer generation for Bowie and the old fogeys (I was young when this came out) could enjoy Bing Crosby.

The song was recorded on September 11, 1977 for an Bing Crosby television special that was coming soon. From what I have read about the song, David didn’t really want to sing Little Drummer Boy as he didn’t like the song.  In a panic, the “Peace On Earth” part was written to appease Bowie and it was mixed in with the song.  Whatever the reason, the two pieces together are pure Christmas magic.  I found an article on the story behind the song by Gary Shannon.  (Click on his name to go read the article).

I am not going to ramble on about the song as I will let it speak for itself.  Plus, Christmas is tomorrow so go spend time with you friends and/or family.  Merry Christmas!!


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My Sunday Song – “Mary, Did You Know?” by Pentatonix

My Sunday Song – Special Christmas Edition.  Merry Christmas to all and I thought I would give you one of my favorite songs that is the true meaning of Christmas.  The song was written in 1991 and it has been covered by a ton of artists.  It was tough to choose one and I went with the Pentatonix version.  It is a beautiful version of a beautiful song.

Yes, Christmas is about giving and receiving gifts, but Jesus is the real reason so don’t forget that.  I hope you have a blessed and wonderful day.

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What Do You Want For Christmas? – Playlist

Everybody wants something for Christmas.  There are a bunch of albums I would like to get on vinyl so if anyone is feeling generous, the new Motley Crue ‘The End’ Box Set would be nice.  My kids keep telling me what they want for Christmas despite the fact I keep telling them it is too late to put in new orders as Santa already has decided what they are getting.  Plus, Mommy and Daddy are done shopping.

Musicians are no different.  They want a lot of things for Christmas.  What do they want you ask?  I will tell you what they told me when I asked them.  Here is what they said…

Huey Lewis & The News – “I Want A New Drug” – I think someone has a problem!!

Queen -“I Want It All” – Greedy much?

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