Santa was very good to The MPM. And why not? I was a very good girl. Lot’s of good stuff coming up that I found under the Christmas tree.
The Florida College Chorus 1968-1969 is kind of a cool record. One side is traditional religious music, and the other side is secular music. The secular music side kind of sucks, and the other side kind of sucks too, but I don’t listen to religious music that often and its different and interesting and kind of fun to listen to. One song really sticks out to me and that is “Ye Shall Have A Song.”
YE SHALL HAVE A SONG, YE SHALL HAVE A SONG
AS ONE IN THE NIGHT WHO KEEPS A HOLY SOLEMNITY
YE SHALL HAVE GLADNESS OF HEART
YE SHALL HAVE A SONG
Ye Shall Have a Song (download)
Jingle for the poor
and once you get your welfare check
you can kiss my mistletoe
Ho Ho Ho”
Rap beef. We’ve all heard about Biggie and Tupac, Nas and Jay-Z, Ice Cube and Easy E. But the rap beef you probably HAVEN’T heard about is the ongoing feud between The Treacherous Three and Santa Claus.
Xmas Rap is pretty much a diss track on Santa. And from what L.A. Sunshine, Kool Moe Dee and Special K have to say, the beef is justified. These guys don’t have Christmas tree, they don’t have a warm coat and when Santa shows up he is drunk and he gives them a G.I. Joe with a broken Kung-Fu grip. That’s messed up y’all.
But hold up– Santa’s got something to say here. The economy is bad, brothers be robbing him, the elves aren’t working for free. And the worst part, Santa doesn’t even have a ride:
“If you ask me I’m doing much worse worse than before
with the welfare cuts I don’t eat no more
If I did want to go out I couldn’t go no where
Cause I ate every last one of them reindeer”
That’s right. Santa ate the reindeer.
So I was driving past the Lawrence fair grounds and my friend reminded me of the audio-reader record sale that we attended there last month. Not my finest moment. I came within minutes of literally peeing my pants because it was the last night of the sale and they were closing and I hadn’t gone through all the stacks yet.
My pain, your gain. This is one of thirty-some records I scored there, and I think you will agree that it was worth it. Sing along with Doctor Ron!
Doctor Ron Sumner – vocals, producer
Frank Green – Bass
Keith Hyman – Piano
T. Wild – Guitar
Dan Baggett – Drums
Henry Boyd – Cello
Gabe Silberman – Violin
Lauri Lewis – 2nd Violin
The first big snow of the year is blowing into Kansas City, so I guess this is as good a time as any to start pulling out the Christmas records. This one came from a garage sale in west Lawrence. How anyone could part with it, I will never understand.
It’s football players singing traditional Christmas carols. From the liner notes “At first the singers were reluctant to sing out, but once they listened to a playback and realized they didn’t sound like a chorus of Quasimodos, the album began to take shape.”
The guys don’t sound half bad, and the tunes have all been given a through 60’s makeover and are suitable for your backyard tiki-bar or swingin’ basement rec room. So pour yourself another egg nog and Deck the Halls with the Kansas City Chiefs.