Programming Note For Those With Taste

The David Letterman Christmas Spectacular — which isn’t the official title of the last new Letterman show before Christmas but absolutely ought to be — is airing this Friday night. Please check your calendar, set your DVR, wind your watches, block your hats, and nog any eggs whose palatability could be improved by such a
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Amazon Advent Calendar Day 4: “You Can’t Get What You Want (Til You Know What You Want)”

You Can’t Get What You Want (Til You Know What You Want) Joe Jackson Body And Soul Genre: Pop I don’t often go for these longhair songs where the whole thing is an allegory and you’re expected to hold the pads of your headphones against your ears and listen close to figure out the hidden
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Amazon Advent Day 3: “‘Imi Au Iá ‘Oe”

‘Imi Au Iá ‘Oe Keola Beamer The Descendants (Soundtrack From The Motion Picture) Genre: Soundtrack Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! And I extend those greetings even to non-US readers. I’m not going to tell you how to run your business. I’m just saying that it’s weird that so many of you have been eager to embrace our
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Amazon Advent Day 2: “Junkie Chase”

Junkie Chase Curtis Mayfield Superfly (Soundtrack From The Motion Picture) Genre: Soul Hmm. I seem to have rushed into this whole Amazon Advent Calendar Thing without kicking things off properly and explaining the point of all of this. As usual for things on the Internet, the Amazon Advent Calendar countdown is here mostly because hosting
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Amazon Advent Calendar Day 1: “Midnight Train To Georgia”

Midnight Train To Georgia Gladys Knight and The Pips 20th Century Masters: Best Of The 70s Genre: Soul Good reasons why it’s for the best that I wasn’t selected to be an Apollo 11-17 commander or lunar module pilot: I was woefully unprepared, though in my defense I wasn’t born until nearly the end of
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Sondheim Week, Day Five: “Everybody’s Got The Right”

You Can Close the New York Stock Exchange/Everybody’s Got the Right Original Broadway Cast Assassins Genre: Broadway What I went through on Friday afternoon doesn’t qualify as “publishing another new blog post about a Sondheim song” but it did become a perfect illustration of why Stephen Sondheim is a rather special kind of Broadway composer.
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Sondheim Week! Day Four: “Sooner Or Later”

Sooner Or Later Bernadette Peters Sondheim (Etc.) Live At Carnegie Hall Genre: Broadway Today, let’s talk about a Sondheim song that works just fine as a standalone. I don’t know why it’s surprising to me that Stephen Sondheim has written plenty of one-off songs for movies and television. I guess his reputation as an iconic
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Sondheim Week! Day Three: “Send In The Clowns”

Send In The Clowns Original Broadway Cast A Little Night Music (Original Cast Recording) Genre: Broadway I’m practically going to have to insist that you say — right out loud, and in a goopy voice — “Ladies and gentlemen…Welsh singing superstar Mister Tom JONES!” before you click the “play” button on this video: You can
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Sondheim Week! Day Two: “Opening Doors”

Opening Doors Original Broadway Cast Merrily We Roll Along (Original Cast Recording) Genre: Broadway If a movie flops, that’s that. If the movie was based on something else, maybe another team will take another crack at adapting the source material after enough years have passed and the floppage has been forgotten. There’s also an outside
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Sondheim Week! Day One: “Getting Married Today”

Getting Married Today Original Broadway Cast Original Broadway Cast Recording Genre: Broadway All morning long, I’ve been reading blog posts about everyone’s favorite childhood Sondheim Week memories. I’m sure I had the same reaction as you did: “It’s that time of year? Again? But the stores have only just taken down their Jerry Herman decorations!”
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