Merry Christmas Baby

Merry Christmas! (And when I say “Christmas,” I mean ALL the holidays that happen at this time of year.)

[Copied from the YouTube page]
2016. It’s been a rough year for me and, I suspect, for some of you as well. But we go on, don’t we? My Christmas song this year is a Beach Boys tune, from back in their early days when they were under pressure to put out as many albums as possible, before their flash-in-the-pan popularity disappeared. They cranked this one out in 1964. The writing is credited to Brian Wilson, and while it’s true that on his own Brian did not always come up with the most sophisticated lyrics, this one is so lame I have to suspect the influence of Mike Love, who wrote even dumber lyrics than Brian, and who sang lead on this one.

As usual, the images in the video are of the homes of my neighbors here in Bixby Knolls. Let’s give them a big hand for the great job they have all done with their lights. And I owe a great debt to The Bixby Knolls Men’s Chorus, who helped me with the background vocals. Thanks guys, and to all a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, and best wishes for 2017.

It has to get better, doesn’t it?

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