Ralph’s World jams the kidsong with fine retro rock in “All I Wanna Do.” Contrasting the summer (swimmin’) with winter (sleddin’), all he wants to do is be outside. And play. With friends. Not much to it.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (feat. Ed Sheeran) groove-rap “Growing Up (Sloane’s Song)” to instruct the newly born on all the milestones to achieve. Sledding is in there.
Excellent doo wop recall from Young Respect (feat. Gwam) belaboring the “Climate Change” effects on our winter fun. No more sledding is a downer.
Aaron Lewis wants to expand your horizons with his ‘bove the Mason-Dixon Line “Northern Redneck.” Nearly authentic country with a proper bubba ‘tude. Four wheelers, yeah. Sleds? It gets cold up here.
“Jimmy and Jesus” had a lot in common, twangs out James Bonamy. This down-home country tweaker honors the life of a work-buddy who said he’d just turned 29 on Christmas Day. But the martyrdom seems more different than the same.
Now for something a little bit different. Charlie Stout hammers out a hardcore juke-joint ballad to “The Last Rattlesnake in All of West Texas.” This country corrida spledorizes a bad mama-jama what pokes his head out of his hole on a Christmas morning (115 degrees), feels his oats (no F-150s in sight), and takes a bite of a passing tornado. Tune in to find out what happens next….
Did someone ask about maryjane? “Green Butter Christmas” is no ‘Alice’s Restaurant,’ but Hilary Marckx employs the same storyteller schtick to explain why you didn’t get your presents in ’67 (the fat man was TOO high!).
The poignancy of the holidays punches up every memory. Hayes Carll tells the tale of Lola’s kid who went off to the War around Christmas, and all she has left of her boy from her bar she built in ’67 is the black velvet painting of “Jesus and Elvis.” Dixie home grown country pop, with a sudden outro.
The country jukebox boot stompin’ of “Six Tons of Toys” sounds pretty with the fiddling from Paul Brandt. But, me, i’m partial to the thrown away vocals and LesPaul fingering from Dave Dudley. That overload only sounds like big-rig trucking because it’s meant to. Still, it’s Santa with the twelve thousand pounds of kid-loot.
The Young Fables admit to an obsessive bent toward the holidays. In “OMG It’s December” they drink, sing, correspond, and decorate with Way More Lights than may be necessary. Purdy country twanging (the kind that cutely censors).
Now reindeer in general are fine symbols of Christmastime, hailing from the Arctic so it’s always like winter when they’re near. Majestic but adorable. Neutral enough to be portrayed in any mood, in fact. Let’s have fun–in song–with this Xmas staple.
Was there a time “Back Before Santa Had Reindeer“? Wull, Chuck Picklesimer has a story to tell you in fine down home country style. Lissen up, young’n. (Fish?!)