Welcome back to the countdown!!!
Santa and two of his reindeer join us today. Ho ho ho!!!
Found on Pinterest (original source unknown).
Last Monday night the Rainforest Fund 30th Anniversary Benefit Concert took place at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. The night featured an array of outstanding musical guests like James Taylor, Debbie Harry, the reunited Eurythmics and John Mellencamp who sang with my favorite guy and personal hero, Bruce Springsteen. They sang “Pink Houses” and “Glory Days” together in what Rolling Stone dubbed “a rare heartland-rock summit”. Another interesting fact about that night? I WAS NOT THERE!!!
It wasn’t like I did not know about the show. I keep up with Bruce’s appearances, of course. But the ticket prices were insanely high, and I do not have to spend that kind of money when I go to see a four hour plus show by Bruce and his ever loyal E Street Band. That is a much better investment for my money. Here’s to the hope that the rumors of a 2020 tour are true!!!
So if you are not following where this is going, today’s Christmas song (and two bonus tracks) are courtesy of the Bossman. The video is from Springsteen’s own YouTube channel. The performance was held at The Carousel Building in Asbury Park, and since it dates back to 2010 the Big Man, Clarence Clemons, is in it. An early Christmas gift courtesy of the Boss.
Bruce Springsteen (original source unknown).
Bruce Springsteen: “Blue Christmas” (2010, recorded live at The Carousel in Asbury Park, NJ and written by Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson circa 1948).
Bruce Springsteen: “Merry Christmas Baby” (live performance from “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” circa mid to late 1990’s,. That time frame means the entire E Street Band is there, before the deaths of Danny Federici in 2008 and Clarence “The Big Man” Clemons in 2011. O’Brien joined the band on guitar. The best view of him comes @ 4:33 after the other big man, Santa himself, makes an appearance. Springsteen and his band were frequent guests since the E Street drummer, Max Weinberg, led O’Brien’s house band, The Max Weinberg 7. Written by Johnny Moore and Lou Baxter in 1947).
Bruce Springsteen: “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” (1975, written by John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie circa 1934)
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What are some of your favorite Christmas songs?
Until next time, happy listening!!!