The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

25 Discs of Christmas 2009


Canadian folk hero, and the pride of Skinner's Pond, P.E.I., Stompin' Tom Connors does his best to be festive.

Season's greetings to my fellow Charlie Parker-ites, I know I've been an absentee gunslinger of late--all due to a combination of problems and commitments related to my professional, personal and technical life--but I thought I could at least offer up some form of holiday cheer as the year comes to a close, with my annual Christmas mix CD which can be downloaded here. It's yet another collection of charm and cheese for young and old, and if you'd like to nab the previous installments, go to this message board page and look for the links named "Merry Swacmas".

Here's the track listing:

1. Stompin' Tom Connors - Merry Christmas Everybody
2. Les Paul (RIP) - Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
3. The Supremes - Won't Be Long Before Christmas
4. Hanna-Barbera - Comin' Up Christmas Time (Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, etc.)
5. The Knickerbockers - I Want a Girl for Christmas
6. Tony Toni Tone - My Christmas
7. Metal Mike - Deck the Halls With Buddy Holly
8. Lord Executor - Christmas is a Joyful Day
9. Antonio Fargas - It's Christmas
10. Eddie Cantor - The Only Thing I Want for Christmas
11. Little Marcy - Christmas Lights
12. Anna Russell - Please Santa Claus
13. The Bee Gees - Thank You For Christmas
14. The Merry Macs - Christmas Cha Cha
15. Kitty Wells & Johnny Wright - There Won't Be Any Tree This Christmas
16. The McGuire Sisters - Honorable Congratulations
17. Mae Questel - I Want You For Christmas
18. Maryse Letarte - Boom Boom
19. The Three Suns - Uncle Mistletoe
20. The Goodies - Father Christmas Do Not Touch Me
21. The Darkness - Christmas Time (Don't Let the Bells End)
22. Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans - The Bells of St. Mary's
23. Yo-Yo Ma & Alison Krauss - Wexford Carol
24. Los Straightjackets - Groovy Old Saint Nick
25. Shane MacGowan & the Popes - Christmas Lullaby

And as an added bonus, here's a compilation culled from the record collection of the late Lux Interior of The Cramps, titled Black Christmas. Enjoy!

11 comments :

Emilio said...

Bajo tu musica, bajo tus imagenes, y os doy las gracias.
Feliz navidda.
www.hayquevivirla.blogspot.com

jsom said...

Merry Christmas or I'll stomp ya!


Any track list with the Three Suns can only be top notch....thanks!

Robert said...

Brilliant, thanks!

Nick said...

Thank you - I have a piece of plywood that Stompin Tom, well, stomps on! Merry Christmas from the Northland

Timmy said...

Well, Merry happy to you too! Thanx for the tunes, there's a few I hadn't heard before... I may have to check out the past ones also, for future Xmas's.

swac said...

For a little more insight into Stompin' Tom, check out this cartoon.

Vanwall said...

Wondermous! Happy Holidays, Tom, Stephen, Kimberly, Richard, and Greg!!!

Mark Connolly said...

Here's to you Stephen!

Michel said...

Thanks to you, for once, I had a proper soundtrack for the occasion!

swac said...

Happy to oblige!

Tod Brody said...

Thanks so much for that...enjoyed your list immensely!