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Wednesday, 31 December 2014


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Thanks for posting Mr. Leon Redbone. His Christmas album is one of the few I can listen to.

Happy New Year from Sydney to you and your loved ones (including the dogs). It is a lovely sunny morning here and we are off for a walk with our dog. Enjoy 2015 and thank you so much for your blog. I am a big fan and regular reader though don't comment often. Looking forward to the coming year!

Hopefully you won't move so much that you get good at it Mike. The first 10 years we were married we moved 11 times. They were easier (we didn't accumulate many belongings) but moving frequently gets old.

My favorite rendition of Blue Christmas is Leon Redbone's.

That Blue Christmas video was just, just, so subtly bizarre. Great.

"...swing stalwart Ken Peplowski (virtually all of whose many records are enjoyable—I love his Benny Goodman interpretations for instance)..."

As a teenager in the 1960s, I was as out of step with the mainstream as I am today. :) The two fields in which I dabbled, photography and clarinet playing, were towered over by a couple of men whose work I revered: Ansel Adams and Benny Goodman. On the eve of 2015, nothing has changed. I'm still dabbling and the work I most admire is by those two guys.

Ken Peplowski gave what he thinks is his definitive interview on Benny Goodman a couple of years ago. It's available to read here:


Enjoy! Thanks Mike; Happy New Year.

Thank You
I had forgotten how much i love Leon Redbone

Mike, thanks for all your posts in 2014, I don't know if I am a better photographer as a result of your insights, but I sure did enjoy all your writing this year. Good luck with the move, they are never fun, and have a Happy and safe New Year.

I love Leon Redbone. A friend booked him to play at our little arts centre on the Isle of Wight (England) a few years ago. A great evening.

I've got a bunch of Leon Redbone albums, but I also remember a Far Side cartoon called "The Leon Redbone Workout" which consisted of keeping one leg crossed over the other. Maybe you had to see it, but it was pretty funny. I went looking for it on the net, but didn't find it. I did find an example of the net's tendency toward plagiarism. Somebody, at some point, asked, "anybody remember the Leon Redbone Workout Far Side Cartoon?..." That question must reoccur in fifty different blog posts, with exactly the same words, in the same order, never with attribution from anyone else.

I don't believe I ever heard Leon's version of Blue Christmas before, but somehow that's exactly how I always sang it.

I like Peplowsli's accompaniment, but I imagine a sloppy trombone as a good stand-in for the background vocals in the Elvis version.

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