"Buy a new Christmas album"
Last week I won choosing rights for this album via a hardscrabble card game over beers, so I was excited to march down to the record store today. (More small town gratefulness: it's small, but I can walk 3 blocks in either direction to a really good independent bookstore and a really good independent record store.)
Seeing as I already have a pretty stellar Christmas album collection (have I mentioned Emmylou Harris's "Light of the Stable" lately? It's the gold standard, as far as I'm concerned - I mean, EH, Neil Young, Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstand all sing together on the title track - what more could you need?) and I wasn't blown away by any of the latest offerings, I quickly picked up a cheapie "Rat Pack and Friends Christmas", mostly for the Doris Day songs, and justified to myself that because it was SO cheap, I could buy another record. It felt so odd to be buying a stupid old CD and checking out records at the Listening Post but I'm grateful to have been old school because it introduced me to Panama 3: Calypso Panameno, Guajira Jazz, and Cumbia Tipica on the Isthmus, 1960-1975 from Soundways. Perfect perfect perfect for post-bathtime, pre-bedtime dance parties in footy pyjamas with our maracas and shaker eggs, as proven this evening. Now that's Christmas music.