Snow Shoveling

And as if I haven’t worked out enough already, I now have to shovel the driveway after lasts night dumping.


I’m going to make this unwelcome addition to today’s schedule by listening to some Christmas music, namely the ‘Elvis’ Christmas Album‘  by Elvis Presley.


Elvis’ 1957 original Christmas album is one of his most inspired early outings and the first time he tackled anything resembling a thematic concept.  Split evenly between rockers and bluesy numbers like ‘Santa Claus Is Back in Town‘, and ‘Santa Bring My Baby Back to Me‘, perennials like ‘White Christmas‘, ‘I’ll Be Home for Christmas‘, and ‘Silent Night‘, and straight-ahead gospel favorites like ‘I Believe‘, ‘Peace in the Valley‘ and ‘Take My Hand, Precious Lord‘, the disc revealed a different side of the rocker for the first time on a public instead conditioned to expect something outrageous.  One of the King’s shining moments, this is quite simply still one of the best holiday albums available.

However, not everybody thought so.

Want to know how revolutionary Elvis was in 50’s America?  Irving Berlin, the author of ‘White Christmas‘, was so scandalized by Elvis’s 1957 version of the song that he tried to get it banned from radio.  Sorry, Irv.  Instead, ‘Elvis’ Christmas Album’  topped the Billboard charts for a month and went on to sell nearly 20 million copies in various editions.  It’s a wonderful mix of lighthearted rock & roll, reverent versions of traditional favorites, and nods to his country and gospel roots.  The classic, of course, is ‘Blue Christmas‘.  But on every song, Elvis ingeniously adds a suggestive thrust to a lilywhite genre while slightly purifying his own bad-boy image by showing he could warm your hearth as well as roast your chestnuts.


About crazytigerrabbitman

I am a fat guy and always will be in the same way they say that “once an alcoholic; always an alcoholic”. Eventually I got upset about my poor health and ballooning body frame so I decided to change things for the better. Some people sign up for Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, or whatever fad diet program it is that happens to be occupying the majority of air time on the boob tube. Other people prefer to run out and purchase the latest, fold away, piece of shit being hawked by some celebrity has-been. Me? I decided to take up triathlon. I had abused my body over the years with bacon cheeseburgers, pints of beer and double-dipped donuts, and the time had now come to abuse my body with physical exertion, perseverance and hard work instead; penitence in it's purest form. The time had come to kick my ass. I am Terry Nash and I am the “fat and the furious”.
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