Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in Literature this year. According to the Swedish Academy, it’s “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” From 2006 to 2009, he hosted “Theme Time Radio Hour” on Sirius XM Radio. This recording is from 2006, and he introduces the poem by its original title, “A Visit From St. Nicholas.”
Bob Dylan – “Twas The Night Before Christmas”
Star Wars turns 40 next year. If that doesn’t make you feel old, you’re probably way too young to remember the original theatrical release. Those of us who were around at the time remember all the merchandising and tie-ins that came with the Star Wars juggernaut. The once-broadcast “Star Wars Holiday Special” was certainly a low point, but fortunately has no recitation of “The Night Before Christmas.” There was an album released in 1980 called Christmas in the Stars: Star Wars Christmas Album, which featured C-3PO and R2-D2 doing Christmas songs and stories. This same album also featured the first professional recording of Jon Bon Jovi (credited as Jon Bongiovi) on the song “R2-D2 We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” But enough trivia, let’s get on with the Merry!
EDIT: Wishing Carrie Fisher a speedy recovery from her cardiac episode.
Star Wars – “A Christmas Sighting (‘Twas The Night Before Christmas)”
For several decades, Bob Rivers was a morning radio personality, with shifts in Boston, Baltimore, and Seattle. He decided to pursue other interests in 2014, but has left behind a legacy of comedy recordings. His Twisted Christmas album is a perennial favorite, as is his parody of the “A Visit From St. Nicholas” poem.
Bob Rivers – “A Visit From St. Nicholson”
With the end of the year approaching, how about a little holiday cheer to help get you through the next several days? The poem “A Visit From St. Nicholas” (also known as “The Night before Christmas”), has been recited and re-done many times over the years. Today, let’s start with Henry Rollins.
Henry Rollins – “Twas the Night Before Christmas”
Today is Barry Manilow’s birthday. Back in the 1970s, his songs were all over the radio. Nowadays, you’re likely to hear him on stations like WLIX. I can’t think of a more fitting way to honor this occasion than to share this song by a man who sang about streaking in the 1970s.
Ray Stevens – “I Need Your Help, Barry Manilow”