On repeat for the next 18 days.
The soundtrack to “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is an unorthodox mix of traditional Christmas music and jazz. The jazz portions were created by the Vince Guaraldi Trio. Producer Lee Mendelson, a fan of jazz, heard Guaraldi's crossover hit "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" on the radio not long after completion of his documentary “Charlie Brown & Charles Schulz”, and contacted the musician to produce music for the special. Guaraldi composed the music for the project, creating an entire piece, "Linus and Lucy," to serve as the theme. When Coca-Cola commissioned A Charlie Brown Christmas in spring 1965, Guaraldi returned to write the music. The first instrumentals for the special were recorded by Guaraldi at Glendale, California's Whitney Studio with bassist Monty Budwig and drummer Colin Bailey. Recycling "Linus and Lucy" from the earlier special, Guaraldi completed two new originals for the special, "Skating", and "Christmas Time Is Here". In the weeks preceding the premiere, Mendelson encountered trouble finding a lyricist for Guaraldi's instrumental intro, and penned "Christmas Time is Here" in "about 15 minutes" on the backside of an envelope.
David Bowie - Brilliant Adventure [1992 - 2001]
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
As far as filling gaps in my collection goes, 2021 has been a pretty good year for me. I’ve had a general wishlist of records since I started seriously collecting, and Earthling has been pretty high up on that list for a while. Around 2014-2015, I began taking a huge deep dive into David Bowie’s discography, wanting to listen to his albums that I hadn’t really explored yet. There I was at the record store. There was a copy of Pin Ups and a copy of Earthling, and each was priced at $20. I went with Pin Ups and decided that I would just get Earthling next time, and of course when I came back it was gone.🤦🏻♂️🤦🏻♂️🤦🏻♂️ If only I had known that Earthling would’ve become such a difficult record to find and people would post them for sale online at around $150-200 🙄. I patiently waited and never caved to those insulting, flipped prices, and lone behold in 2021, this box set was announced. I do hope they release this as a stand alone next year so more people can have access to this album. It’s so good! It’s generally pretty positively received, but some have criticized it for not being too cohesive and think that Bowie’s just following the industrial trends at the time […👇🏻]