Brenda Lee - I'm Gonna Lasso Santa Claus
(Decca Records 30107;1956)
This year's 12th title isn't particularly rare, I'm sure it's been featured in commercials and movies in recent years, although for a long, long time this song languished in relative obscurity, at least compared to Brenda Lee's other Christmas recordings. It's always been a favourite of mine, its youthful exuberance gets to me every time, and yes it does remind me of a more innocent time, as maudlin as that may sound. Little Brenda gives it all she's got in this song, right down to firing off her water pistol with mischievous "Squirt SQUIRT!" As childhood novelty songs go, I'll take this over the Chipmunks anyday.
Merry Christmas everyone, from all of us at If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger... and here's to better things in 2009.