Merry Christmas-and-a-Half 2008! New album sharity

Christmas is for Kids
with the Lundstrom Family Singers and Friends

Yes, this is a dreadful, dreadful album. I must get you an album scan, as soon as possible. There is a kid on there who does NOT want to be there, in that Minnie Mouse sweater in the middle of August. They couldn’t even get her hair combed. Was it cut with a razor blade, in a scene out of “Mommie Dearest,” in some kind of Christian child-discipline horror? One never knows. In front of them, in their “living room,” sits another horror, a ceramic depiction of first-century child labor–a dear cherub shepherd boy. This is called a “christmas decoration.”

The music is sub-par, and coming from that era of musical genius, the late eighties, how could it? You get your typical fatherly sunday-school lesson, with a very un-fun Christmas song, generally related to Jesus. The only real LOLZ comes from the first song on side two, “Santa wouldn’t have a job without Jesus.” Did Jesus put in a good word with the union? Of coulrse, if you listen to MY podcasts, you know that it’s really the opposite. The mythos of “Santa” came long, long before Jesus.

Here it is, what you hear is what you get!

My second offering for you is good ol’ Guy Lombardo. This album is a little different, because it feels a little like a school Christmas program, like the kind I grew up with (my Dad taught elementary music for 35 years), except with the Royal Canadians, or whoever, backing them up. A baby even cries, at one point. Is it real? The kids are clearly real kids, not professional drones. At least I think they are.

The album is put out by Pickwick. It seems to be American made, but there is some Engrish on the back that makes me wonder. It’s not Asian Engrish, something there makes me think of the Netherlands, or Germany. You be the judge:

Deck the Halls. The title of this album conjures up the snow shrouded Christmases we all remember. Those laughing evenings when the whole family helped with the tree trimming, as the old phonograph played your favorite carols. Outside the snow freckled the rooftops, and snugwarm inside the house busy little fingers placed the spicy gingerbread men amongst the blue green caves of the Christmas tree.

Christmas has always been a very special time for the family, as it gathers together to celebrate the birth of the Christ Child. The familiar carols that sing of our joy, the joy of the world, are all here-all lovingly giftwrapped by Guy Lombardo, a Christmas tradition himself.

As America breathlessly awaits New Year’s Eve, it is always the baton of Mr. Lombardo himself that leads us into the nostalgic strains of “Auld Lang Syne.” A Family favorite for decades, his gentle way with the best music this side of heaven has endeared him to millions of music lovers. Here’s a glittering tree full of Christmas cheer and old fashioned goodwill from the musical Santa-Guy Lombardo. Merry Christmas to one and all! Have a happy! See you all at New Year!

Deck Them Halls!

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