First off, thanks for your support and love on my last post. You’re all completely amazing!
We’re in Vermont for a few days. Big bountiful snowflakes fell yesterday, the sort you can reel in with your tongue. On our way to the movies yesterday, David and I stopped by Vergennes Laundry (an oven-fired french-style bakery) for kombucha and two lemon tartlets to go.
The place is exactly as I imagined, quiet steamy windows, clean lines, warm bread loaves, and a token deer head. Utterly Vermont, utterly romantic. It’s worth the drive. So is seeing The Hobbit, although go caffeinated and not to the later shows if you’re tired at all, and bring chocolate.
Long walks on back country roads, puzzles, pages from Ondaatje’s recent novel “The Cat’s Table”, and kale chips lie ahead. Plus we’re listening to our latest holiday mix. I have a thing for repeating songs this time of year, and looking back on the 2010 mix, Chuck Berry, Pink Martini, Sufjan Stevens, Nancy Wilson, and Victoria Spivey are on repeat. I tried to change it up a bit. Victoria Spivey, whose songs I want to include on nearly every mix, had to stay.
I discovered Victoria Spivey’s music ten years or so ago on college radio of all places. Her voice was arresting, it drew me in immediately. It was a snow drenched Sunday morning and as was my habit back then, I listened to a weekly show featuring old time American music.
Spivey rocked. She was an American blues singer and songwriter who recorded music from 1926 to the mid 1960s. She worked with Louis Armstrong, Lonnie Johnson, Bob Dylan and others. Noted songs include “Black Snake Blues”, “Dope Head Blues”, “Organ Grinder Blues”. Spivey started her own record label in 1962, Spivey Records.
I should go. There’s food to prep and presents to wrap. Hope you like the mix. Catch some snowflakes (if you can) and have a Merry Christmas!
1. “Who Took The Merry Out Of Christmas”, Kent 240 – The Ultimate Staple Singers (Disc 1), A Family Affair, The Staple Singers
2. “Blue Christmas”, Elvis’ Christmas Album, Elvis Presley
3. “A Snowglobe Christmas”, Joy to the World, Pink Martini
4. “Just Like Christmas”, Christmas, Low
5. “A Snowflake Fell (and It Felt Like a Kiss)”, Glasvegas, Glasvega
6. “Christmas Without Santa Claus”, Woman Blues!, Victoria Spivey
7. “Jolly Holiday”, The Reprise Studio Recordings – Disc V, Duke Ellington
8. “Sugar World”, Holiday, The Magnetic Fields
9. “Holiday in Waikiki”, The Kinks in Mono, The Kinks
10. “San Francisco Holiday”, Evidence, Steve Lacy
11. “Christmas Celebration”, Merry Christmas (100 Christmas Songs), B.B. King
12. “Christmas Bop”, Messing With the Mystic, T. Rex
13. “Merry Christmas”, More Unreleased Tracks, Ramones
14. “Santa Baby”, Christmas Songs, Marilyn Monroe
15. “Up on the Housetop”, Silver & Gold Volume 10 – Christmas Unicorn, Sufjan Stevens
16. “Mrs. Claus’ Kimono”, The Fine Print (A Collection of Oddities and Rarities 2003-2008), Drive-By Truckers