Friday, December 23, 2016

So Tell Me...

We're getting close to the end of the season, so I wanted to find out a little about my audience.  If all six of you who've visited this year would leave me a comment here, I'd be grateful.  Please let me know if you have a favorite from the stuff you've downloaded this year, and maybe whereabouts you are located.  Just curious.  And I'm not done yet, there's a little more to come, but I still need to squeeze in some Christmas shopping before the big day...

74 comments:

Buster said...

Well, you know where I am from, and probably what I like. Promos, early stuff, etc. Great job this year - it's been tremendous fun providing irrelevant commentary to your voluminous and much appreciated posts!

By the way, the six people who comment are all me under various aliases.

Not really, but if your experience is like mine (and I think it probably is), the ratio of downloads to comments is about 100 to 1.

Anonymous said...

Hank from West Virginia, been following your blog for a few years now. I always look forward to your posts as they are all great. Thanks again for all the shares. Merry Christmas!!

Kwork said...

Kwork (not real name) from Arizona. I prefer vocal Christmas, for the most part, to instrumentals. Vocal can be single voice, small ensemble, choir recordings, etc, so I've had quite a bit of enjoyment this season. I also enjoy narrated and dramatic Christmas offerings, the Bob keeshan Nutcracker being a particular favorite, so your recent remaster of that pleased me greatly.

Larry said...

Thanks for all the fantastic record shares this year. I sincerely appreciate your hard work. Having collected records since the '60s sometimes I feel I've heard almost everything and there aren't any wonderful surprises left. And then you surprise me with fun things I've never heard day after day. I check in everyday to see what you've post and read your thoughts on the music. I haven't had times to listen to everything you've shared but I have been able to listen to a lot.

The Now Sounds Of Christmas with the Free Design was a real treat. But I think my favorites this year were your compilations. I listened to several of them while working out at the gym. Thrift Store Christmas was my favorite.

Merry Christmas

Jon Solomon said...

I'm quite fond of the station IDs and the Levis mega-mix "Christmas party."

iggy said...

Hi Ernie. I'm sure you can tell from previous comments that the albums I treasure most are the Warner Bros Christmas records from a bit before and after 1959. The variety, quality of pressing, dynamic sound, and superb performances put these in a class by themselves. I like 'em even more than Grandma Moses! But I've not stopped there, and am enjoying many more of your offerings this year, bell-ringers and chimes and even, every now and then, an organ album. Maybe the big surprise has been the chorale albums from several sources; didn't realize how much they'd mean after nearly 70 years of listening. All adds up to a great big THANK YOU for your kindness, knowledge, humor and generosity. Hope to see you again next year.

!ggy

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say thank you. I enjoy the old Christmas music.

SWSPOILER3 said...

Frank from Houston area.The Fred Waring albums were most definitely my favorites. I do own a few but not all of them and you helped me fill a void to my collection till I too, will have my own copy to hold and look at while I listen. It has been a wonderful season of sharing from you and I have to say thank you sooo much for all the work you do to provide us with what you have shared. I know what you have to do with the time and effort to get it all done. I have been doing it for over 20 years now myself but never shared on a blog.
Merry Christmas to you and your family.
Frank Diaz
Pinehurst, Tx.

Anonymous said...

From Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
I've followed you for years.
I'm behind in my listening - but I've really been enjoying revisiting the Christmas in July Compilations.
Favourite of the minute: "Summer Frost" - Count Basie

Raven176 said...

Hi Earnie! Checking in from Long Island, NY.
Very happy to have to back this year. I tend to lean on the jazz/big band
type of Christmas tunes. That being said, I lot of stuff I've found here has
led me in directions I'd never thought I'd go. It's a kind of magic, isn't it?
Thanks again,

Raven176 said...

And I spelled Ernie wrong. lol. Sorry. I blame the long day of work, and the eggnog.

Badgercat said...

Ernie, it has been a treat to have you back this year. I've enjoyed many of your remastered shares as well as your summer compilations that you had not posted before. I also like the promos. From Michigan, I hope you have a great, great Christmas. Thanks for jumping back into the fray.

Anonymous said...

Ducky from Florida. I love the variety. It's a nice surprise every time!

George A. Birch said...

Merry Christmas Ernie, and thanks for all the time and effort spent getting all these shares ready.
I live in Vancouver BC Canada.
My favourites are all the organ ones.
Thanks again, and have a great Christmas.

Chris Ballard said...

Hey Ernie, Glad you are back this Christmas season. You've shared so many favorites over the years that it's hard to pick just one. This year, I did especially like the Toyland album re-share that I missed the first time around. Thanks for all you do. Merry Christmas from Greenville, NC, also the home of Stubby!

Mark Spencer said...

Mark in the Dayton/Springfield area of Southwestern Ohio, and a music prof. I've really enjoyed the Jack Jones USAF and the Pat Boone/Shari Lewis shares. Very nostalgic. The novelty shares have been fun as well!

I've collected Christmas LPs and CDs for over 40 years--before many became thrift store fodder--starting during my days as a teenage disc jockey in Southern NY in the mid-70s (Fred Waring, Sinatra, Jones, Mathis--stuff we played on our Adult Contemporary station). My parents had 6 Christmas albums that I would play to death as a boy when Christmas drew near. I even bought one of those albums for my mother as a Christmas present (Johnny Cole's "Wishing You a Merry Christmas"). It's not Christmas until I hear their Columbia and RCA compilation LPs, the Grants Vols. 2 & 4, Julie Andrews' Firestone, and Johnny (Perry Como) Cole...or Kaye...or Kay...or whomever he is....(He has a Facebook tribute page with his picture, even! https://www.facebook.com/Johnny-Kay-1605521749684658/)

Heading into the Digital Age, the first mp3 album I ever bought and downloaded (via dialup) was Captain Kangaroo's "Merry Christmas," updating from the LP I had bought at a grocery store during my seminary days in the early 80s.

I've been following your blog for 6+ years and have learned a great deal about Christmas recordings. I'm very glad you're around and are so prolific. A lot of the other Christmas music blogs I've followed have all but disappeared. I have especially appreciated your re-shares because, a number of years ago, I accidentally permanently deleted the zip files I had downloaded from your site. Thankfully, I had extracted most of them and stored them in my Windows music folder.

It was also through your site that I discovered ClickRepair. I've tried similar software which only made the recordings sound like they came from Mars. ClickRepair has been a game changer!

A request, if I may: I would love it if you'd re-up your "Dick Leibert Day" posts!

Again, really enjoy your blog! Keep the posts coming!

--MS

Steve Turner said...

Hi Ernie,
What a Christmas sharing season it has been! I'm hailing from Southern California (Oxnard) which is about an hour north of Los Angeles on the coast. Thank you for your overflowing generosity this year. My favorites shares are the ones I learn something new and there have been many on your blog. Honestly, I have a lot of catching up and listening to do. One never knows when you're going to come across treasures that rekindle memories of Christmas past or make connections to Christmas present. One of my thrift store finds this year was an album by the Ray Conniff singers called, "Here We Come a Caroling". The album cover has a photo of a cabin in a woodsy winter snow scene in the area where I used to live, Big Bear. I still have a place near there in "Running Springs". I love discovering those connections. Thanks again and i wish you, your family, and loved ones a healthy and prosperous Merry Christmas.

SpudIslander said...

Hi Ernie. Merry Christmas from Vancouver, British Columbia. Winter Holiday by Skitch Henderson and Christmas Carols by The Randolph Singers are my two faves this year. Your efforts are much appreciated by all of us who visit your blog. Keep up the great work and best wishes for the coming year.

Laura said...

Hello, Ernie. Long time follower, infrequent commenter from Madison, Wisconsin. I could never pick a single favorite from all your Christmas bounty (even narrowed down to "only" this year). The Snap-On Male Chorus album you've shared in the past has extra meaning at our house because my partner's dad worked at Snap-On in Kenosha, Wis from the 1930s until he died (while at work there) in 1970. We'll likely never know whether he was in the male chorus, but that album dates from his time there, so it makes me feel a little closer to someone I never had a chance to meet.
Like many others, I'm grateful for your generosity and time (I can only imagine how much time!), this year as well as in past years. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Feelgood said...

Feelgood from Joure, The Netherlands. I love the variety. Nice christmas presents!

Bob said...

Bob from Pittsburgh..Great selections and nice job on remasters. Been fascinated with Christmas music ever since a child. Not to many blogs dedicated to these selections.A Xmas album on Warner Brothers not sure if it was Alfred Burt is there a possible remaster? Merry Christmas and wish you the best. Many thanks
Bob

Bob said...

I stand to be corrected. The album was by Jimmy Joyce on Warner Brothers label.

Mr Mudd said...

Loved the Sandler & Young / Free Design amongst many posts - such a brilliant collision of two very different holiday songwriting traditions. Have followed your blog for years and always look forward to its annual reawakening in my blog feed. Happy Christmas and many more to come.

Steve Fauntleroy Jr. said...

I should have written to thank you years ago so here it is now - thank you. Probably would never have known about that Free Design-Air Force record if not for your blog (well at least not until I saw Jingle Bell Rocks!). The artists would've hated it but in retrospect there should've been a record company mandate that every sunshine pop (lack of a better term) and psych act from that era produce at least a Christmas-themed 45.

Razzleberry Dressing said...

Hi Ernie. It's hard to pick a favorite download this year, but of the stuff you've posted I'd probably go with Merv Griffin. The best thing, though, is the fact that the tags on a lot of my really old downloads weren't consistent or possibly got corrupted so even though I know I downloaded a lot of the old stuff you posted years ago when you originally shared it, I could no longer find it in my library. I've re-downloaded at least half a dozen old albums so they're no longer lost in a tagless limbo.

IB Razzilla said...

Hi Ernie

I go across the board in Christmas music...but prefer country and classical/operatic recordings... If I listen to it and it's good enough...this Salvation Army bell ringer puts it in his kettle music rotation... Also note there is a land mine by Harry Belafonte (There's A Hole In the Bucket) in there as well...

Richard N said...

Hi Ernie,

Of the many great albums you shared this year, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, with the Norman Luboff Choir, would be my favorite. Thank you for all the hard work you put into sharing these albums with us. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Rich

blackdeath said...

Dont be put off by the name.......

Can't really say there was a particular favorite. I will say....it's been fun going back to listen to a bunch of the LPs I have, then listening to the work you put into the crackly,skippy, and staticky stuff...and its been gratifying. Now that I think about it.....Sesame Street Christmas was always popular....my children and grand children now, still request that one yearly. As funny as it sounds...hearing a room full of children screaming, "I hate Christmas(Oscar the Grouch)" still brings smiles to the adult faces. Like others we have our quirks on the holidays....

Happy Holidays from ours to yours.....up here in Packer country. I'd say Go Pack Go....but I'm not entirely sure where they are going...LOL

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year....people like you have given the good name BACK to the Christmas...I thank you for that.

Kurt said...

I followed your blog many years ago, but somehow lost track of it, then I was lucky to find it again this winter. I like most all Xmas music, though I'm not a big fan of music boxes & hand bells. I also usually don't enjoy "original compositions" for Xmas, preferring the classics, both carols and pop tunes. Thanks for all the great tracks!

thebitteroldmansblog said...

Merry Christmas, Ernie. I'm following you from the New England Region of the USA, and have been doing so for a few years. Most of the Christmas Sounds that I listen to are from you, much to the consternation of those who have the opportunity to hear them with me. My personal favorite remains the "60 French Girls", just because. I like the sounds and love the title.

Thanks for all the hard work and efforts to put together this blog!

Dan M.

Ron said...

I not only love your music posting, I love you comments attached to them. It is nice to have you back for what looks like full time. But do not let it interfere with you living your life.

Merry Christmas to you and your family,
Ron

Anonymous said...

Joe from central Florida. I enjoyed Christmas with Grandma Moses this year. Thanks for all that you've shared over the years.

Laurie said...

I've enjoyed everything you've shared! I loved all the new shares (in particular the two polka albums, Total Experience Christmas, Skitch Henderson) and it's been fun to be reminded of old shares - there were a few that I missed the first time around. And thanks so much for reposting all of the 25 Days/Best of Christmas In July. Thank you for all of your hard work and good humor. Merry Christmas, Ernie!

Debbie Wayne said...

Hi Ernie!
Maryse from Quebec, Canada here.
Thank you for all the shares :)
But especially for the Free Design Now Sound of Christmas!
I have a soft spot for all the 60s groovy christmas records...
Merry Christmas to you!

Anonymous said...

JL from southwest Missouri--longtime lurker. I've followed you for years, and am so grateful for the wonderful gifts you have given us. I couldn't make it through Christmas without "The Now Sound of Christmas" with The Free Design. Love all the promos, military stuff, the celebrity greetings, etc. Thanks so much for all you do.

Yulinka said...

Seasons Greetings from Indianapolis! While I've lived most of my adult life here, I was born and raised in one of those small towns on the outskirts of Philadelphia. That made the Mummers record you shared a special treat for me. Trying to explain the unique pageantry that is The Mummers Parade to anyone who's never seen it is a challenge (These people do -what-? They volunteer for this? The parade lasts -that long-???), and since it's broadcast only on a local station and online, it doesn't get much recognition outside the area. At least I can (re)share the music, even if no one else quite gets the rest.

Thank you again for sharing your love of old and sometimes quirky Christmas records. :)

JohnDent said...

Hi Ernie. Merry Christmas from Maryland! Thank you for doing this year after year .Have to say that the music here has become a big part of the season for my family. My favorites this year include the Blackwood Brothers & The Statesman, An Old Fashioned Christmas, and Eddie Dunstedter- The Bells of Christmas.

martymartymarty said...

I adore the more obscure - but celebrity - material you feature, so much great new-to-me stuff! I'm in Michigan. You do amazing work, very appreciative.

Duke Ellington said...

I think you are adding some really great Christmas music! I have one that I have looked for everywhere that would make my Christmas more bright If I could here it again,

WERENER MULLER CHRISTMAS ON THE RHINE, It was released on the Decca Label in the late 1950's
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!
DUKE!

JKP said...

Been enjoying your shares for years. Super collections, great stuff. Have found so many enjoyable new music thanks to you doing this!!

Thank you so much and Merry Christmas!!!

Mike said...

Ernie, I can't thank you enough for your incredible generosity this year and the yeoman's work you put into this. You really are helping to keep Christmas memories alive for a large part of my family here in Chicago. I'm partial to big band and jazz and my favorite shares this season were the Blue Barron and Urbie Green. My only regret is that some of these artists didn't put out more comprehensive Christmas collections (only four tracks for some of them...c'mon!)

If I could make a request for next year, it would be to hear a copy of Pete Fountain's Candy Clarinet if you have it. Thanks again for everything and Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!

James Cooper said...

Hi Ernie,

Happy Christmas from a small sea side town in the south west of England! Thanks so much for all your shares over the year. My iTunes wouldn't be half the size it is without them ;)

I also run one of the biggest Christmas info sites on the web at www.whychristmas.com and I listen to xmas stuff all year round!

My fave shares this year (of things which I'd not got from your before) are The Magic of Christmas and the organ stuff from László Biritz.

Thanks again for all your hard work and dedication and Happy Christmas!


house303 said...

Ever since the fist time I came to know your site, Christmas music has taken a totally different turn for me. Just as I said some time ago you are educating us while keeping it simple and fun. Your site ia a pure goldmine of unheard music and in the pure Christmas tradition you are (by your generosity) perpetuating the magical spirit of Christmas. Thank you Ernie!

Few years ago you've introduced us with Wally Stott - Happy Holiday-Christmas In Stereo which incidentely became one of my preferate Christmas record. This year I'm really enjoying - The Night Before Christmas With The Norman Luboff Choir.

As they say sometimes, it's more fun to give than to receive...and I'm sincerely happy to give you my best wishes for you and your loved ones...for Christmas, the Holidays and the New Year.

Francois from Montreal

Randy R said...

Dude! Your contributions to the sharity are peerless! You and other generous souls have helped me increase my seasonal music inventory substantially over the years, and I cannot tell you enough how much I appreciate it. Every day I get to see another one of your shares, it's like finding buried treasure. Many, MANY thanks for your continued efforts, with hopes for a very fortunate Christmas!!
Randy in Roswell, GA

Signore Glorioso said...

Dean from Minneapolis. vinyl fan and follower of this blog from the beginning. i've been grabbing the remasters but haven't had a chance to compare and contrast yet. always good stuff Ernie. thanks and Merry Christmas.

Doomcan said...

Thank you so very much for all yer efforts, Ernie (not Bert)! You have a most fabulous blog. Merry, merry Xmas!

- DC

Fred said...

Hi Ernie,

Greetings from the Netherlands.
I think you do a wonderful job posting these "oldies". Most blogs cover the new releases but thank God you still post stuff from the good old days.

I liked Fred Waring's 'Twas the Night Before Christmas and The Merriest Time. I also liked the French touch of Les Djinns Singers.
But somehow my favorite of this year was Joe Dolces Christmas Album. I don't know why, probably because it made me end up with all smiles.

A very Merry Christmas to you, Ernie. And all the best for 2017.

Fred

sharxfan said...

Sincere thanks to you for all your efforts Ernie. I've been following your blog from the early days and have discovered so much great stuff. Some of the titles that have stood out over the years include Veo Gray, The Airmen of Note with Sandler & Young and the Free Design, Christmas Tijuana Style, Ace Cannon, The Going Thing, and last but not least the ridiculously amazing Ding Dong Dandy Christmas, which is one of my favorite albums ever. Have a Merry Christmas and thanks again for keeping this forgotten music alive!

Sir Otter said...

I've only recently discovered this blog, so I've not really had a chance to process all the goodies yet. Thanks for a year's worth of wonders!

barba said...

not one of six, no i'm one of thousands who have passed through here on their way to merry christmases. decades ago, i collected vinyl... 45rpms mostly, but one ends up with some of everything. and i also quit decades ago; but the smell of the goodwill and the salvation army and the st vincent de paul still haunts my nostrils. so when you talk about all that, it strikes a chord. i just have files now. i'm an old cheap f***... i grab those which i can... too many really. i don't know why. i don't have time to listen to even a fraction of what i download. but i like the christmas stuff. anything up to the mid-60s is fair game with me (i draw the line at rock drums, synthesizers, and electric guitars). probably walter schumann's 'the voices of christmas' is my favorite album. (and let's face it, some of those 50's orchestras that got smeared as 'elevator muisc' made pretty good christmas music.)

i fear that sometimes i am a bit too strident and old-fashioned in my comments. it's true i am unhappy with the idea that negro spirituals are now considered politically incorrect and thus no one has the cojones to post traditional negro christmas music. i understand that renditions of asians singing 'ludolf de led nosed lein-deel' are not to be tolerated... but i still want to hear them. the 1950s is about the only place where we can expect to find these things without fear of reissue. and it's also the only place for a lot of other stuff. i commend ernie for presenting us with a great deal of that 'other stuff'.

merry christmas, ernie. you did a heck of a job this season. i hope good things come your way.

Andrew said...

Thanks so much from Indianapolis!

Anonymous said...

Thank you from the metro-west Boston MA area! You've made my Christmas season. Just discovered the site while I was going through my vinyl and thought that maybe someone already ripped some of it already so I wouldn't have to. What an archive of treasures here! I'm just post boomer age and mostly interested in the eclectic stuff -- classics, bluegrass/country, compilations, jazz, orchestral, novelty... I'd say from 78-era to 1984 or so. Not so much the choral, kids, or goofy stuff.

Your careful curation, rips, scans, and research is really appreciated. I wish the rest of the net was more like this and I only hope I can pass along the notion in my own way some day.

Merry Christmas and thank you!

Logan said...

No way to single out one of the wonderful recordings you've shared this year or in the past, but please know your love of holiday music, your generosity and thoughtfulness and your willingness -- perhaps I should say your joy -- in also sharing minutiae about the recordings is anticipated and very, very much appreciated. Merry Christmas, Ernie, to you and your family
Logan Boss
Rome, GA

Plague said...

This blog is a TREASURE TROVE.
Nuff said, and to all a good night.

Tim said...

Hi Ernie! Long-time Christmas music fan, enjoying your shares all the way back to the beginning of the FaLaLaLaLa forums. My annual mixes tend to specialize in the weirder, warped end of the Christmas music spectrum so I enjoy your novelty albums and celebrity spoken holiday greeting promos. But I also adore your vintage finds for my own enjoyment at home. I know, not terribly helpful to say that I like it all. But I do! Thank you so much for all of your hard work ripping and scanning these lost gems. Hope you had a fantastic Christmas! --Tim

Aaron said...

Hi Ernie!

I'm Aaron, currently from Utah. I've been doing serious Christmas music searching only since about 2012 or so, and your blog has always been my favorite. You spend the extra effort to get everything tagged correctly and well compiled, and I really appreciate that. On top of that, the selection of things you post is just so good. I scan a lot of music blogs, but my default attitude is that if Ernie posted it, it's an automatic download.

From this season, I think my favorite things so far are the "When Singers Meet" and "Going Thing" reposts. I hadn't seen those before. I am way behind, though, and still have probably over 50(!) things from you I haven't listened to yet, so those favorites will likely change.

Clarence E. Jones III said...

Ernie...first, Thank You for a treasure trove of music! I cannot imagine the work that goes into this blog & it is greatly appreciated. I really love the company stuff (Snap-on, GM, etc.). My dad ran a garage for years, so I grew up with the Firestone & Goodyear compilations. Much good wishes for a healthy & safe 2017!

Glenn Hughes said...

I have been enjoying your site for years. I also love and collect christmas records. I have learned so much from you and your site including the wonders of Click Repair. I also know how much effort goes into digitizing and scanning artwork. I commend and thank you for doing this each and every year. I live in Nashville, TN. Thanks for all the hard work, Glenn Hughes.

John said...

I love your site and your commentary. It is very difficult to say what is my favorite download (I do love your compilations), I live in Richmond VA and am also a big fan of Buster's and his site. Thank you for all you do. I am one of the many fans out here...in the dark.

Raymond said...

I've been on a late 60s-early 70s Christmas kick this season so I really "dug" your The Going Thing post.

Ref said...

Longtime viewer of your blog. As many other have stated, there's not much that I HAVEN'T enjoyed. A lot of your posts bring back memories of the family lounging in the living room with Dad playing all the Christmas records he had on the hi-fi console.
One that particularly made me smile was Dinah Shores "You Meet The Nicest People at Christmas."
You do a great job in bringing happiness and enjoyment to all who visit.

JimmyJames said...

I'm late to comment, apologies. I'm a 'listener' from Various Places, BC Canada, around since the last decade with a few gaps of forgetful absence. I appreciate your efforts poking around the bins, creating the rips and working the edits and remasters.

I can't say which are favs over all time as my taste changes and every rip I've sampled has it's own charm and most Ernie (Not Bert) album rips get played every year in the month leading up to Christmas. If I had to choose, having grown up in the 50-60s I'm particularly sentimental for the choir and ensemble vocal sounds of the vinyl era (of any style really) and these are the ones I first refresh if you've done a remaster.

Cheers for 2017!

Rodney Haydon said...

Rodney here in Houston, and I love most all the music you share with us. Picking out a favorite is tough!
Like the other voices commented, thank you so much for the Christmas pleasure you give to everyone through your blog. You will never know how much some of these songs means to many of us, as they bring us back to when we were children, staring at the lights on the christmas tree in a darkened room, with a stack of Christmas vinyl on the console.

Tony said...

Tony from Indianapolis checking in. I've been visiting for a long time now and I always appreciate offbeat items (spoken words or narration) but I always enjoy that you find things that are old enough that I have never heard about them before. I'm very thankful for all of the work you do. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

jeff said...

Ernie, thanks again for all your shares! I'm enjoying them here in SLC, but especially the celebrity greetings this year. I have a holiday playlist dedicated to your not-so-often-heard sounds! Thank you!

Chris said...

What a great collection of holiday music you've posted - thank you! I'm from Boston and can't possibly select a favorite!

Der Bingle said...

Aaron (Der Bingle) from KC - just now catching up with everything :-) Favorite? Ha! Impossible! But I dig the re-share of the Free Design.

Jonathan Melton said...

Like, Der Bingle, catching up! Favorite? Don't know. But the records for radio broadcast are always up there. Listening to the USAF Ray Conniff/Connie Smith & Sonny James share at the moment.

And though I don't tout my radio shows much, your shares make a few seasonal shows (and thus, a plug for you and the blog) on WAAM radio from Ann Arbor, Michigan and into the NET station Kringle Radio playlist and my occasional hosted show there.

Brendony said...

Ernie, I had no idea the blog was active this year! What a dunce I am. Anyway, I'm catching up on everything now and wanted to thank you for all the effort you put into the shares, both old and new. It's truly appreciated up here in Buffalo,NY!

John said...

What a fun year of shares, thank you! The Bing special with the Halloran Singers was my favorite new (to me) from the year. The Wally Stott/Angela Morley from the past is probably my old favorite, for the track from Amahl and the Night Visitors. But I'm downloading the Hugo and Luigi chorus share now and am looking forward to listening to another favorite that Dad used to play for us every year.
John from Portland, Oregon.

Anonymous said...

Hi Ernie, Happy to see you this year - thank you for all your effort! Happy 2017!

Mike said...

Hi Ernie-
I've been visiting your blog for 7 or 8 years now. I'm a big fan of 45's, country, rock & especially the oddball stuff. Some of my favorites over the blog's history are: Sam Ulano- Doodle-Li-Boop, Santa Claus Jr, The Free Design Record. But my absolute favorite download from you has got to be Tim Dinkens "Christmas on the Moon." I LOVE LOVE LOVE this album. There are some great songs with killer guitar tones on that album...exactly what I hope to find when I go blogging for Christmas tunes. I also have to admit that I've used some of these tunes on my own Christmas mix that I give out to about 20 friends & family each year.
Thank you so much for your hard work! And again...I know it's a lot of work, but I REALLY love the singles.

John said...

I stumbled across your blog about 6 years ago. It opened me up to a world I never knew existed and am now completely obsessed with. The first album I grabbed was "Christmas with 'Big' Tiny Little" (still one of my favs) and I never looked back. Thanks for all the time and effort you put forth into maintaining such a steady stream of unique and wonderful music. I especially love the oddball, and often times, lovingly kinda terrible music that pops up every once in a while (Christmas Disco Party!) Your shares have changed what Christmas music is to me and my family. And I thank you.

John - Columbus, OH

Annette Murphy said...

Hey, Ernie...a visitor for the past 6 years from Arizona...my favorite posts from this year MUST be the Earl Grant 7", Christmas Eve In The Cathedral and The Jim Callum Jazz Band...I enjoy the "never before posted" items more than the "re-posts," since chances are good that I've already downloaded & listened to the "re-posts." I know why you do them, however...:0)

Your work and the sacrifice of your time is appreciated.