Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Merry Winter Solstice

Today in Music History:

In 1969, The Supremes made their last TV appearance together with Diana Ross on 'The Ed Sullivan show', singing their last No.1 'Someday We'll Be Together'.
shortest dayGet yer candlesticks out, today is the shortest day of the year. The winter solstice. Yey, days will start getting longer now. The solstice has been, throughout the ages, a time for celebration. Notice that even Christmas and Hannukah appear around the solstice. From the ancient druids to modern day christians. Why is that? Many, many cultures the world over perform solstice ceremonies. At their root: an ancient fear that the failing light would never return unless humans intervened with anxious vigil or antic celebration. Well Let's get antic eh. Actually The Earth is nearer to the sun in January than it is in June -- by three million miles. But it's so dang tilted that it makes us colder and darker. But Homercat, what does this have to do with music? It's just that I have a perfect ditty to help y'all celebrate this monumentous occasion. Polish up your flute because it's a Jethro Tull song. Some even consider it a Christmas song, but I say balderdash to that. What has the winter solstice to do with Christmas. Even though it has a wintery, holiday type feel. It stays in my playlist year round. Cause I likes it alot. It also hails from one of the best Tull albums in their catalog. Happy Saturnalia!!

Ring Out Solstice Bells by Jethro Tull
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When Thin Lizzy took a break at the end of the seventies, Phil Lynott released two solo albums in 1980 nand 1982. The first one, Solo in Soho, was very different from Thin Lizzy faire and it was obvious that Phil wanted to explore music in a different way. The album was very much a pop oriented record and it includes the classic homage to Elvis, King's Call, which alone is worth the price of this disc. Thin Lizzy finally broke up in 1983 and Lynott died on January 4, 1986 - his body giving out from all the years of abuse and hard living he had done. This song is from Solo in Soho and it provides a different look at Lynott than the one we're used to.

Tattoo by Phil Lynott
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Last but not least with all this solstice and Christmas stuff going on, one might think that I have forgotten my Jewish friends and their upcoming celebrations. But no and here is an excellent song by the Barenaked Ladies from their Holiday album to help celebrate the festival of lights.

Hanukkah Blessings by The Barenaked Ladies
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