Wonderful Tunes Provided By Friends. Wild Tangents Provided By Me.

Spike Jones worked for several years as a “serious” percussionist. He was even in the orchestra that played on Bing Crosby’s original recording of “White Christmas.”  Eventually he joined a band called The Feather Merchants which evolved into The City Slickers. They signed a recording contract with RCA in 1941 and continued to record regularly until 1955. Here he is with his rendition of the David Rose’s 1944 song “Holiday For Strings.”

After the Thanksgiving, Christmas and Kwanzaa hoopla, we here at House Beautiful generally tend to end our holiday season with a contented wimper. We spend New Years Eve vegged out at home in jammies watching movies. Then the Beautiful Girl and I toast the New Year at about 7:30 (her bed time) and I enjoy the rest of a quiet relaxing evening hanging out with the Beautiful Bulldog. This year though we have been invited to share our celebration with my awesome cousin and his family! I’m not quite sure why they want me to sit around in my faded nightshirt watching movies at their New Years party but who am I to argue with family!


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