Archive for December, 2006
Beach Boy dad Murry Wilson focused on managing and producing this group, best known for their “I Live for the Sun,” after his sons fired him. But the notoriously heavy handed patriarch is remembered as being always on his best behavior around the Sunrays. This dizzy single is one of that group’s very last creations.
My list of ten favorite Christmas records changes a bit every year, but here’s how it looks now. Definitely reveals me as a bit of a slowed-down geezer. This realization hit me pretty hard last month when the piano music in an airport shuttle van caught my ear and I asked the driver what it was. “Piano Therapy,” he replied.
Sy Mann – Switched on Santa (1970)
The Kingston Trio – The Last Month of the Year (1960)
A Child’s Christmas Revels (1993)
The Ventures – The Ventures’ Christmas Album (1966)
Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel – The Gift (1989)
The Beach Boys – The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album (1964)
John Fahey – The New Possibility (1968)
David Grisman – David Grisman’s Acoustic Christmas (1983)
Phil Spector – A Christmas Gift for You (1963)
Small-Torres Guitar Duo – Winterlight (1993)