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Monday, 29 December 2014


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This is one of my favorite Christmas songs. There is happiness and there is despair here, and a lot of honesty. Robert Earl Keen has several good story songs that touch on these things, including, “The Road Goes on Forever (and the Party Never Ends),” and the more positive, “Feelin’ Good Again.”

Back to “Merry Christmas from the Family” - there is an studio version of this, which I think is the original, which is worth a listen. It’s a little bit more subtle! :-) Also, when doing this live, he has been known to go right into “Feliz Navidad” at the end.

Got through about four seconds of this video and loved it so much I decided to stop it and save it for Chrismas 2015. Thanks, Mike!

Robert Earle is more Texas than country and everyone could use a little more Robert Earle.

I'd forgotten this song for a few years, and then a few days ago it came up on the car radio... I almost had to pull over laughing. Later I dug out the accompanying book, which I received for Christmas maybe ten years ago. It's basically the family's (fictionalized) photo album from that Christmas party. The photos are outstandingly tacky-vintage (a hundred different color casts) and the book includes recipes such as "Eggnog from Hell" and "Mom's Bourbon Sandwich (ice cubes and bourbon.) If you're into crafting, and want to make a Tampon Angel, this book is for you. It really walks the line between hilarity and white-trash-bashing, but for me it passes out just on the hilarious side. It looks like Amazon still sells the book/cd- Mike, insert affiliate link!

When I suggested "Merry Christmas From The Family" I was afraid it might offend your sophisticated musical taste. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I love it because I grew up in that family (not literally, but close enough).

My favorite Christmas song of all time. Almost forgot about it this year. Thanks for reminding me.

A few of us recommended this song...and we have been rewarded.

Thanks and Happy New Year!!!

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