MUSIC: “Tomorrow Is Christmas Day” by Mindy Smith

Singer/songwriter and Long Island transplant to Nashville Mindy Smith has the kind of lyrics and voice that haunt and linger, resonating in the mind and heart long after the record has finished its spin. This year, for the holidays, she put out an EP of Christmas songs, called “SNOWED IN”, that includes this tune she wrote just for the occasion. I couldn’t think of anything more perfect to post today.

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MUSIC: Mason Jennings and Sarah Harmer sing John Prine’s “Christmas in Prison” Live in Minneapolis

Mason Jennings is a new singer/songwriter favorite of mine. Here’s he’s joined by Canadian singer/songwriter and environmental activist Sarah Harmer on John Prine’s “Christmas in Prison.”

I hope this proves an unexpected and welcome pleasure. And if you can, stay out of prison this holiday season!

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To view Mason Jenning’s video of the track “Lonely Street” from his new album ALWAYS BEEN, click below:

MUSIC: IT’S LIKE A DREAM COME TRUE: Sonny & Cher & Bernadette Peters & Captain Kangaroo and Chastity (before she became Chaz) all singing a Christmas Medley!


You just can’t go wrong with this one! It’s got something for EVERYONE!


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Oh for the days of Donny and Marie…a simpler time when life wasn’t burdened with cell phones or cable T.V. or cars that took unleaded gasoline. The Climate wasn’t changing, the fashions were fierce, the microwave and VCR hadn’t even been invented. And music came on vinyl and was played on a turntable unless of course you were lucky enough to have an 8-track. It was an innocent time. A simpler time, beautiful and serene. What happened?


TYLER STENSON – “I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day”

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Tyler Stenson, the talented singer/songwriter out of Portland, Oregon always moves me with his expressive voice and deeply moving lyrical and melodic constructions. Here he deftly tries his hand at “I Heard the Bells”, breathing new and intriguing life into an old holiday standard. What a perfect choice, with lyrics that articulate the zeitgeist of our time.

And in despair I bowed my head
“There is no peace on earth,” I said,
“For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
With peace on earth, good will to men.”

For years, whenever I would think of this song, I would hear in my head the voice of Johnny Cash peforming his 1960’s version for Capitol Records. I think now I’ll be hearing Tyler’s voice. Thanks Tyler. You’ve done it again.

And before we forget, a shout out to the great American Poet who penned these lyrics in 1863:  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

You can buy a copy of the song here for just ONE DOLLAR


Some of the best things come out of Portland, and some of the best songs come out of this Portland-based singer/songwriter’s mind and mouth.

How often have I returned to the refrain, “This too shall pass,” especially this past year when I’ve been through so many twists and turns. And how nice it is to have a melody now to sing it to.

The day BEFORE Thanksgiving, I will be having chemotherapy treatment number 8. The doctors say it just might be my last.

This too shall pass.

The official music video for “This Too Shall Pass” by Tyler Stenson. From the “Some Days I’m a Lion” LP (2012). Filmed and produced by Americonic Films.