The Best of Christmas Sitcoms
My Top Ten list would not be complete without:
All in the Family - Christmas at the Bunkers
Andy Griffith Christmas episode
Dick Van Dyke Christmas episode
Mary Tyler Moore 1st Christmas episode...
Remember when Black Friday was on Friday?
Imagine what will happen if the stores are allowed to stay open all night Christmas Eve until lunch time on Christmas Day! This year, more than 50,000 restaurants, bars, convenience stores and...
My Dog Sam
Dear Abby, I too was picked on when I was a child and I too turned to our dog Queenie. She always gave me love and she always listened. Bless you.
What do you mean...the fact that it is on the radio means it might not be good?
Corporate broadcast radio has been crap for about the last thirty or so years. They hardly play any music except what the three or four big record labels produce. Theirs is a perfect marriage for profit! It's about marketing, not real talent. Occasionally, real talent will surface, like Josh Groban. Then it's a matter of pushing the talent for profit, producing lackluster results like this Christmas album. Talent for talent's sake is unheard of in the corporate world. They would rather groom a not so good singer into a marketable product than to wait for true talent to mature and stand on their own merits.
For the last ten years the big boys (who wouldn't know good music if their lives depended on it) have been fighting on every front. Independent labels are thriving with marketing methods such as downloading, youtube, and a host of other internet sites geared toward real talent for real music fans. The big boys are loosing the fight and are having to reinvent themselves and get into the game to survive. That is why all of a sudden corporate labels are beating the digital download drum. They don't like it and alot of big wheels in the industry have fallen, but they don't have a choice.
Nothing (not even politics or religion) gets me more worked up than what is shoved at us as music by those whose only interest is a profit. Sadly, those like me are in the minority since a recent survey said that almost seventy-five percent of listeners were satisfied with radio today. My argument there is that most of the participants were probably under thirty years of age and don't know any better!
You older members will remember real radio. One could tell what region or city they were in just by what was playing on the radio. Most radio stations today are not even local by any means of the definition.
I'm stopping now before crawling up on my soapbox!
My apologies are offered for steering this thread off topic.
No, no, no...I think this is highly relevant to the Groban Christmas album because my whole take was that it was a packaged exploitation and not really a showcase of his true abilities. Why not hear that great voice do something original instead of a warmed-over remake "O Holy Night" which has been done to death for generations? Why? Because the producers were looking for the sure sales instead of the gamble. Much to your point, RJD.
I believe the real reason the older labels are still hanging on is because radio is just so convenient. What I listen to on the radio is far different than what's on the iPod. And that's because on the radio, as you point out, I don't have a choice. For me, that's a real shame because good radio is a real lost art. I listen to a lot of talk radio, which is fine for what it is but if I had the choice for true, original musical entertainment I'd take it in a heartbeat.
By the way, the same problem is true of Internet sites. Most major sites don't feature, for example, great Christmas content year round because the seasonality of the topic doesn't produce "profits". I say baloney and we're proving them wrong here year after year. Yeah, we're no Yahoo and I thank goodness for that!
Radio, once upon a time, was about music. Satellite radio has redeemed that A LITTLE. But it can still go a long way.
Sorry, I'm not impressed with Noel. Methinks he's gotten a little big for his britches with the smaltzy orchestration and anyone who overpowers the MoTab has got an ego problem. And his "I'll Be Home for Christmas" is pure manipulation.
Jeff <-- Devil's Advocate tonight, go ahead, flame away
Well, like they say Jeff, one man's trash is another man's treasure. I was attracted to the CD when I heard "I'll Be Home for Christmas" on the radio. Went right out and bought it. Love it.
__________________ "Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won't make it 'white'." -- Bing Crosby
I heard Josh sing America (the Paul Simon version) and thought it was good.
I liked "Believe", and "My December" is okay, his duets have been good too. "In the Arms of The Angel" with Sarah McLaghlin was nice.
I heard - saw several songs from NOEL performed through YouTube.
I enjoy his voice.
I remember those days RJD - travelling in the summer through the States with my family and from one city to another the music and radio personalities were unique.
My mom bought it for me last Christmas (of course, she gave it to me before so I could get full enjoyment). I love it! He has the perfect voice for Christmas music. I especially like the way he sings my all time favorite, "O Holy Night."