This Merle Haggard Christmas album begins with a cheery If We Make It Through December and stumbles along in boozy haze till everyone’s miserable. His rotten kid is demanding a puppy and tell me that’s not the most self pitying Silent Night ever. And that’s just one side. Think I’ll flip it over and see if he gets insulted by a drunken Santa. It ends with Daddy Won’t Be Home Again For Christmas, which hopefully is about prison. I’ll probably be playing this every Christmas.
Peace by the Rotary Connection is still my fave Christmas LP, a psychedelic hippie stoner funky soul celebration of my fave holiday, complete with groovy Hendrix inspired guitar and Santa so stoned he can’t find the door and comes down the chimney. Minnie Ripperton sounds great on it too. Recommended. I found my unopened copy for a dollar.
(Facebook post around Christmas 2015 regarding a photo posted by John Altman.)
I believe, and in keeping with the season, batsman Rona Anderson was the fiancée that Alistair Sim spurned for greed in that anti-capitalist epic Scrooge. Funny how the great American Christmas movie, It’s A Wonderful Life, is also anti-capitalist (and blatantly redistributionist). Perhaps it’s a running theme in classic old Christmas films, from Scrooge to Meet John Doe, The Man Who Came to Dinner, It Happened on Fifth Avenue, Holiday Affair, Miracle on 34th Street and of course It’s A Wonderful Life. But then Donna Reed was never photographed playing baseball with the Yankees in short shorts. Nor was Monty Woolley. Though if there’s a point here I’ve already forgotten it.