Archive for December, 2018


It’s Christmas Time: A Very Merry Podcast 134


Here we are again. Candy canes and mistletoe. Christmas lights and presents. Holiday Cheer!! You know what I’m talking about. Seems like it starts earlier and earlier every year. But I love it; and you’ve got to love it. Its that time of year when we’ve got to embrace the crazy. Lean into it. Breathe deeply, practice gratitude. Make a vow to count your blessings every day. Our brains and bodies cannot be mad, angry, frustrated or depressed when we are in Gratitude.

And you know what I’m grateful for? All of you, loyal Shady Groove listeners. Thanks for your support. There’s a ton of podcasts out there and you chose to listen here. You chose to listen to yours truly ramble on; to wax poetically and basically give you a self indulgent mixtape of my favorite tunes of the time. I hope you enjoy it. So, as we move into the new year and prepare to make it through the holidays, bust into the liquor cabinet or wine cellar, pour yourself a tall one. Pop on the Shady Groove Christmas Podcast.. or break out your Xmas vinyl, throw it on the turntable and let yourself slip into Christmas. ┬áCheers.


Here are the hap hap happiest tracks that made the cut:

(Opening Credits) The Muppets – Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas ++ Elvis Presley – Santa Claus Is Back In Town ++ Johnny Cash – Blue Christmas ++ Loretta Lynn – Country Christmas ++ George Jones and Tammy Wynette – Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus ++ JD McPerson – All The Gifts I Need ++ G. Love & Special Sauce – Christmas Baby ++ Robert Earl Keen – Merry Christmas From The Family ++ Stevie Wonder – What Christmas Means to Me ++ Donny Hathaway – This Christmas ++ Soul Saints Orchestra – Santa’s Got A Bag O’ Soul ++ Otis Redding – Merry Christmas Baby ++ The Beatles – 1969 ++ Lynn August – Christmas By The Bar-B-Que ++ Bessie Smith – At The Christmas Ball ++ Brenda Lee – I’m Gonna Lasso Santa Claus ++ Kenny Rogers – Kentucky Homemade Christmas ++ The Qualities (Sun Ra) – It’s Christmas Time ++ Booker T. & The MG’s – Jingle Bells ++ Eagles – Please Come Home For Christmas ++ The Gourds – Yes Yes Yes ++