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Stuck in your head: Christmas cuts 4

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Every morning I slip out of my sexy DC super-hero jammy bottoms and step into the shower to prepare for still another new day. Every morning the same song is stuck in my head. No matter what I do—short of singing the entire theme song--opening and closing credits--to The Flintstones —the song REMAINS the same—stuck in my head. In my case the song is Led Zep’s “Dancing Days”. I like the group but this isn’t my favorite!

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Luckily, through chats with friends both old and new both here in Los Angeles and in a favorite Facebook group--You grew up in the Souderton/ Telford/ Harleysville area if you remember... I found out I am not alone in this experience. This happens to lots of folks. This series is dedicated to all the songs that somehow get “stuck in your head”. This special edition of the series focuses on seasonal songs that get stuck in our heads over the holidays. Here they are:

Ken “Home for the Holidays” Heffner had the Christmas cut "Chipmunks Roasting on an Open Fire” stuck in his holiday head. The song is by Bob Rivers. It’s from his 2000 seasonal CD Chipmunks Roasting on an Open Fire. (This is no doubt caused by an overexposure to such songs as “The Christmas Song” and a few too many tracks by Alvin and The Chipmunks.)

Dorine “Holly” Houston said: “I've had ‘I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day’ by (American poet Henry Wadsworth) Longfellow stuck in my head.” This Christmas carol is actually based on a poem from 1863. It was first set to music in 1872 first by John Baptiste Calkin. In the 1950s, Johnny ("Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer") Marks set it to music again. It’s been covered by the likes of Bette Midler, Frank Sinatra and most recently Civil Wars.

“Seasonal” Cindy Heffelfinger Steyer said that she has "I'll Be Home For Christmas" crammed in her Christmas cranium every Christmas she “spends away from home while living in the tropics.” It was first recorded in 1943 by Bing Crosby who scored a top ten hit with it. It has since become a standard and was more recently covered by cutie country crooner Kelly Clarkson.

“Christmas” Carol de Macedo (and Cindy too) often have "White Christmas" stuck in her head whenever they spend the holidays away from home. This is an Irving Berlin song. The Guinness Book of World Records states that Bing Crosby’s version is the best-selling single of all time and has sold more than 50 million copies across the globe.

“Sharing” Sharon Fiume Sholette’s evil advent earworm is “Blue Christmas”. This stocking stuffer standard was composed by Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson. It was first recorded in 1948 by Doye O'Dell. It was made famous by Elvis Presley in 1957. Since then such stars as The Beach Boys and Bruce Springsteen have also covered the Christmas cut.

So there you have it, drummer-boys and girls, another bunch of holiday “earworms” from different decades and genres. As this goes to press there are enough submissions to publish almost another holiday edition. Thanks for your support and have a holly, jolly Christmas!

My name is Phoenix and . . . that's the bottom line.


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