My Christmas Cavalcade: Dec. 23, 2016

Quite possibly the cutest Christmas song I’ve ever seen.


My Christmas Cavalcade: Dec. 16, 2016

Not every family is the Waltons or the Huxtables.

While I’m sure most people have a family holiday memory that qualifies for years of therapy, for the most part, I think a lot of it is over dramatic.  We tend to over-emphasize the bad that has happened, and forget there was a lot more good.  That doesn’t mean its not funny.  Here’s The Dropkick Murphys with “The Season’s Upon Us.”

My Christmas Cavalcade: Shameless Bragging

When your son plays the same instrument as you, sometimes you just gotta toot your own horn.


I was able to ninja a photo of my son during his Christmas concert.  You should have sen the face he made at me when one of his partners in crime told him I pulled off the caper of the century.  Hey, the jazz band sounded good, and he had a tenor solo.  I’m allowed to brag a bit.  Here’s the Holy Name High School Jazz Band playing “Let It Snow.”

My Christmas Cavalcade: Dec. 14, 2016

Why a cavalcade? Read this.

On a previous post, Junior Chills was kind enough to leave a comment.  And, with a name like Junior Chills, you can be sure he’s a musician.  Not only is he a musician, Junior is a song writer.  In his comment, Junior gave me a link to his original composition, “Christmas Town.”  The video combines scenes from various Christmas movies, which reminded me of one of my all time favorite Christmas films, “Die Hard.” Continue reading

My Christmas Cavalcade: Dec. 13, 2016

For the reasons behind my Christmas Cavalcade, read here.

I like Brian Setzer.  I liked the 50s style of the Stray Cats.  I like the swing of The Brian Setzer Orchestra.  Most importantly, I like the Christmas albums The Brian Setzer Orchestra puts out.

You’ve probably heard some of the cuts; the tunes tend to end up on the soundtracks of various holiday movies this time of year.  These albums helped renew Christmas music for me.  But mostly, they kick ass.

Here’s one of my favorite cuts, where classical music meets swing.


My Christmas Music Cavalcade: Dec. 3, 2016

Ya, I’m starting a little late this year…

I don’t like Christmas music.

OK, that’s not entirely true.  I don’t like when a local radio station decides to start broadcasting Christmas music twenty four hours a day at Midnight on Halloween.  I don’t listen to that station anyway, but, the decision starts to bleed over onto stations to which I do listen.  The same songs, over and over, performed by different artists, all relative to the station’s genre.  Even when an artist I like puts out a song, I’m not as enthused because the song has already been done to death by so many other artists.

“What do you like, Patrick?” you may be asking.  (Go ahead, I’ll wait.)

I like when someone writes a new song.

I like when an artist puts a twist on a standard that comes out of left field.

In that vein, I present Here Come the Mummies: