Pianist and arranger David Ian has already proven his mastery of Christmas with two recordings for the holidays, so it perhaps stands to reason that he’d focus his lens elsewhere. Valentine’s Day is just the ticket, another day marked by love.
Christmas may have just passed, but the spirit and visuals linger on in stores as sales on seasonal items are hot and heavy.
It is Christmas day and what better way to celebrate than to give a listen to the only Christmas song ever recorded with the word “genitals” in it.
Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. seemed to always being playing on the house stereo when I was a kid.
How wonderful it would be if we celebrated the spirit of holiday season all year long: Good cheer abounds, delicious edibles are everywhere, and last but not least there’s never a shortage of superb music to listen to.
Greg Lake says “I Believe in Father Christmas” came to him almost by accident, when he started singing a familiar Yuletide standard over a newly written riff that stubbornly refused to go away.
Though it’s since become a treasured Yuletide standard on rock stations, the Eagles’ rendition of “Please Come Home for Christmas” has a rather complicated back story.
David Ian believes in Christmas. The pianist and arranger proves it all over again with Vintage Christmas Wonderland, the follow-up to his 2011 debut Vintage Christmas.
Some Christmas songs, you don’t mess with. It’s perfectly fine to take “Winter Wonderland” at an unusually contemplative pace, and to update “Let It Snow” with a B-3. But Karrin Allyson plays it straight — as she must — with Charlie Brown.
Boston has issued a churning new take on a Christmas classic, lathered with a typically tornadic riff from Tom Scholz — though, alas, it still misses the stratospheric presence of the late Brad Delp. Stream it here!