Time To Change The Records
The Christmas season brings many different types of music together in one place -- Classical, Jazz, Folk, Country, Rock 'n Roll, Rhythm & Blues, and more. The season is a traditional time of year in which we pass customs and time-honored practices down through the generations bringing memories flooding back each year while continuing to make new ones. As listeners, we similarly enjoy songs from other eras that we might not normally listen to because they are songs that bring back cherished memories of Christmas' past. We also listen to new songs or versions of Christmas classics.
When I purchased my 1962 AMi Continental 2 jukebox (you can see one in the movie Ghost or the latest Star Trek film) a couple of years ago, I knew I wanted to have certain themes at times during the year and a theme for Christmas is perfect! You can enjoy your favorite Christmas songs for a few weeks and feel the pleasure of listening to the needle move over the grooves at the same time.
This year, my wife and I hosted her family for our the December birthdays get together at our house and everyone enjoyed the soundtrack for the evening.
In case you're wondering, I bought many of my records at the independent record stores in St. Louis, The Record Exchange and Euclid Records or at a local antique mall, and many were just a couple of dollars. I think that the Springsteen records were around $5 each because they included the picture sleeves and the John Lennon/Yoko Ono and Beach Boys records were a few dollars more because they are on green vinyl. By far, my favorite find was the copy of Chuck Berry "Merry Christmas Baby b/w Run, Rudolph, Run" on the original Chess label!
With the passing of January 6th, the Christmas season is officially over and it's time to switch out the records until next year. Now it's time to pick a new theme: songs for lovers (a Valentines Day theme), songs of a certain year or time period (e.g. 1967-68 or a decade) or event (February 3rd - "The Day The Music Died"). I'm still thinking and I'll let you know...