I remember when you were here. #PlagueSongs, no. 37 AND Seven Xmas Playlists

Welcome to your second pandemic Christmas (or Solstice or Hanukkah or whatever you celebrate)! Since you and I and the plague are still here, I’m doing a holiday installment of my ongoing PlagueSongs series AND sharing seven — that’s right, SEVEN! — playlists of mostly secular seasonal music. Enjoy! Let’s start with the song, written by…

The Many Moods of Christmas: Playlists

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Just for you (yes, you!), here are some musical selections — in many genres. The mixes’ themes cover a range of moods, and the songs themselves are in many varieties. Countdown to Christmas An eclectic, mostly peppy mix — it winds down a bit at the end. Many genres: jazz, punk, big band,…

You’re a mean one, Dr. Nel. Your voice is full of gunk!

The holidays! When people sing — and expect you to sing. Except, perhaps, you don’t want to sing. Maybe you are shy. Or self-conscious about your voice. Or you imagine that everyone else sings better than you do. Well, worry no more!  I am here to cure your self-consciousness, and to prove that many people are much,…

Merry Christmas from Mr. O’Malley

As noted last month, a color Sunday Barnaby ran from 1946 to 1948 — apt, because the original Barnaby strip that helped Crockett Johnson sell the comic to PM was also a Sunday strip.  Courtesy of the generous Colin Myers, here’s a Christmas Barnaby from 63 years ago — December 21, 1947. (Don’t forget: clicking…