May 2013 be a year full of cheer.
I love Christmas music, even though 85% of it is dreck. This year, I’m combatting the dreck with this lame feature I’m calling A NOLA Christmas. 12 days, 12 Christmas tunes from New Orleans-area artists, 12 write-ups that will be ultimately unsatisfying. Enjoy!
I had a few possible songs planned for today, depending on the outcome of today’s game. Well, the outcome came, and it wasn’t so hot.
So, here’s a tune by Greg Barnhill (who is more of a producer than anything) and the New Birth Brass Band. It’s a one-off novelty deal, but manages to be a credible brass band song, if you’re into that kind of thing. Barnhill actually sounds a lot like Lyle Lovett in places, for what that’s worth.
New Orleans seems to produce a lot of novelty music (there’s at least one more coming in this countdown). I think there are a couple of reasons for that. Primary among them is that New Orleans still has a local music tradition, and even the big radio stations will occasionally play at least some local music*.
*Although even that is dying off as Clear Channel et al. continue to homogenize music toward a mushy, unsatisfying middle.
A second reason is that New Orleans music lends itself to novelty songs for two reasons: (1) there’s a sense of playfulness and joy in most New Orleans music, and (2) New Orleans music is an old-fashioned music (even as much of it remains cutting edge), and novelty songs seemed to have been more popular in the early days of rock than it is now.
And, keeping with the theme of the week (that much of Christmas music is just an attempt to cash in on the holiday), I suppose that a Christmas novelty song is one of the best chances a local act has to actually get some air play and sell a few singles.
Regardless, Santa didn’t bring the wish this year, but I suppose we can still be content with the Super Bowl victory. Playoffs are around the corner, anyway, and that’s a whole new ballgame, y’all.
Tom Dempsey, 63-yard, game-winning field goal vs. the Lions, November, 1970. The actual kick is about halfway through the video.
Dempsey’s record has been tied several times in the last few years, including yesterday by David Akers, but it hasn’t been bested. Amazing, given the league-wide improvement in kickers, that this record still stands.
Dalton Hilliard, 1989. No more Sundays without football for a long while, you guys. Can’t wait.
Jim Mora tells it like it is before quitting in 1996. I probably watch this 10 times a year. Oh, and the site is back, thanks for your patience.