Thursday, November 28, 2019

Merry 2019 Christmas!!!

Hello, and welcome back to the Christmas roulette that is Ernie (Not Bert) this time of year! I've got a lot of stuff to share with you this year, about half of it new and about half of it remasters of old shares from the 14 years I've been doing this crazy thing. I don't have a lot to say this early in the season, other than I hope you find something fun to listen to among the shares here. Don't forget that there are three years worth of shares in the archives, most of which have good download links.  Some of the older things will have the link in the comments, so don't forget to look in there. And while you're there, don't forget to leave me a comment or two.  Blogs run on comments, and if I don't get comments on a share, I have no way of knowing if anyone is paying attention.  In the old days, I could see how many times something was being downloaded, but not anymore. So if I don't get any comments, I assume no one cares. (I think the record for comments on a post was 30 on an old intro like this one, so let's see if we can beat that, OK?) Also of interest to you might be Christmas in July from this past year.  A whole month with two posts a day of Christmas music from albums that aren't considered Christmas related.  Over 800 tracks of random stuff, there's bound to be something in there for everyone. If you aren't familiar with how the downloads work, just leave a comment and myself or one of my friendly little elves will help you out.  It's a pretty simple process. I think, but then I've been doing this a long time, and I thought torrents were easy, so there you go.  Anyhow, the Christmas shares will start soon, and run through Christmas (or maybe Epiphany, depending on how I'm feeling), so come back often.  And if you put my songs on your Christmas comp, send me a copy, I love to see how people enjoy my music.  Well, it's not really my music, I just find it in the deep dark recesses of the thrift stores and try to bring it back to life.  You won't find anything on here that's available on Amazon or iTunes or Spotify or on CD, at least not if I can help it.  I try to share the stuff that's been forgotten or lost or was never known to begin with. A lot of this stuff has made it's way to the streaming world in the past few years, and I think that's a great thing.  The more folks hear this stuff, the more interesting the world becomes.  And as that's happened, I've broadened my horizons to independent releases, local stuff, things that aren't brought to you by a major label.  It's all good, give it a listen and see.  Thanks for visiting! Feliz Navidad!

PS-Bonus points if you know where the Christmas tree above is from, and double points if you can ID the original artist. :)

39 comments:

Jim Costa said...

Happy Thanksgiving ! . . . and Thank You for ALL that do ! . . .

Buster said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Ernie! Looking forward to hearing all the bell ringers and organists and kids' choirs you have uncovered in the past year.

I can't place the illustration, but I'll bet it's by Mozelle Thompson.

ralphz said...

Ernie, great to have you back for the holiday season. Love all you do, Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas!

Ronnie said...

Merry Chrristmas Ernie. You are a part of our Christmas celebration. There was a time you did not share your Xmas treasures...we were a bit sad. Just to let you know we value what you are doing. We are excited already to get the Xmas music you will share. Thanks so much. Merry Christmas.

jelawmo said...

Wonderful to see you again. I can't tell you how much I've enjoyed your shares over the years. I'm very excited to see what you have for us this year. Thank you for everything!

humanebean said...

Happy to see you back for another season! Looking forward to this year's shares, and bringing them to a new audience via my own playlist for Xmas Eve revels. Where once there were many, now there seems to be fewer and fewer Holiday-centric blogs to serve the passionate audience for seasonal fare. Thanks for all you do. I imagine that, while few may comment, many more actually download and listen. I've done the same in past, (for SHAME!), and hope that you know how much wider an audience you might be reaching through your best efforts. Keep the faith, and enjoy the weeks ahead.

Brad R-M said...

And the floodgates have opened...

Heaven help us all.

Steve said...

Happy Thanksgiving ... I'm listening and check frequently. Based on your desire for feedback as a measure .... will do!

Larry11 said...

Ernie!
You truly are a Christmas music angel and we appreciate you shares and efforts more than you'll ever know. I'm guilty of downloading without commenting so here it the album cover that the tree comes from:
http://images.45worlds.com/f/ab/elvis-presley-elvis-christmas-album-45-ab.jpg

Ernie said...

I guess this Christmas tree isn't quite as obscure as I thought it was. Or maybe you folks are just that good! :)

Badgercat said...

Happy Black Friday, Ernie. Great to see this today and I will provide feedback more often as you suggest. Look forward to this season at Ernie's place!

Peachy Covington said...

Delighted as ever to visit your blog and share in the musical bounty. Also, I SO appreciate that you re-post tracks from the past. I've had a couple of digital disasters where I lost great gobs of music files, including Christmas tracks from you, so some of your re-posts are like reuniting with old friends. Thanks for all you do!

barba said...

late to the party again.

Mark Spencer said...

Welcome back! It's now officially Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say thank you and looking forward to another Christmas with you!

Kwork said...

And here's comment 16. Welcome back. Merry Christmas!

Mistletoe and Holly said...

Welcome back, Ernie! The later Thanksgiving meant a later start on all thing Christmas, including your Christmas shares (sadly)!!

clesher said...

Welcome back Ernie! It's become a tradition for me, too, to check your blog every day in the Christmas season to see what goodies you are sharing. Thanks for all the hard work!

ch51 said...

Welcome back Ernie! You are part of my Christmas season traditions ...

Dan said...

Merry Christmas Ernie! I'm an old fan of your blog and thanks you for all the years of
sharing great vintage Christmas Music. This time of year is so exciting to see and hear all the new old Albums. Thank you bunches!

Thomas Parker said...

I care, Ernie! I've been with you for ten years at least, and my daily visit is one of the things I love most about the season. You are truly appreciated - thank you!

Bob Daugherty said...

This is my first year here and I am looking forward to following you this holiday season

Steve Turner said...

Ernie, good to see / read / hear you again. Merry Christmas Season! The Clausometer just went up a few more clicks!

JustaJeepGuy said...

I can't believe I forgot to check the site Thursday. Here it is Saturday and I'm way behind already. Thanks again, Ernie!

barba said...

i believe the artist of the christmas tree was dwight david eisenhower. a close examination reveals several places where a rather casual application of color didn’t quite cover up the numbers beneath. while not a fan of rock ‘n roll, ike was nonetheless ready to do his bit with the record companies; for at a time when jim flora, andy warhol, and mozelle thompson were getting fifty bucks a pop for album covers, eisenhower could easily command fifty thousand (usually in the form of a donation to the republican national committee) from the major studios. on the subject of elvis, the president is remembered for his somewhat upbraiding comments such as, “i, for one, am more than just a hound dog”.

MrDave said...

Looking forward to another season of great xmas shares -- thank you in advance for all your hard work!! I don't often comment but I do certainly appreciate everything you do for us!

Daniel M said...

Thanks for all the upcoming Christmas Cheer, and thanks for the incredible amount of it you have dished out in the past. I have been away recently, doing family things, but am delighted to see that the holiday season has been kicked off in style and fashion by you.

John said...

I'm excited to see what you introduce me to this year. Merry Christmas!

sharxfan said...

Looking forward to another season of holiday surprises. I appreciate all the time and effort you put in to finding, recording and posting all of this lost music. You are the Rudolph of Rippers.

Mike in South Florida said...

Hello Ernie-
I've been visiting your excellent blog for about a decade. I've gotten some real gems from you. I am generally a 45 rpm guy: Santa Claus Jr. pops into my mind as one I got from you many years ago. I know they are time consuming, but I'm really hoping you have some oddball singles this season.
My favorite album I've gotten from you is probably Tim Dinkins- I love it. That's my kind of stuff. Kinda absurd, mostly awesome and with some solid raw guitar work in there.
Thank you for everything you do. I promise to comment more often this year.

Spaceman Spiff said...

Wow! Just WOW! I truly appreciate all of the gems you uncover, and the many hours spent cleaning them up and making them better than new. So many memories, and so many cool things that due to your efforts I'm just discovering! What a great accompinment to go with (well - still putting them up) 14 trees, 300' of lit garland, and 700' of ribbon and bows adorning the house. Mele Kalikimaka e Hau Ľoli Makahiki Hou!

Unknown said...

Love your stuff - been listening to so many of your shares every year. Been exposed to some stuff that I've then sought out more of. Appreciate all your sharity!!! Thank you!

Ernie said...

Thank you all for your comments! I think we've set a record for my most commented-upon post! And only two of them are from me! Thanks again, it's great to know that so many people are enjoying my posts. Many more to come, I promise.

Francis said...

Thank you does not seem sufficient, for all the great work you have done, over the years.

Every time I visit your blog, a wave of nostalgia and happiness washes over me.

May God continue to grant you the health, to do this great work.

Francis said...

By the way, I am from Trinidad and Tobago.

Miguel S.G. said...

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! This is my favorite place over the years. Always waiting in case you don't come back, I'm looking forward to seeing the news.
Greetings from Madrid - Spain

JT Griffith said...

Thank you for doing this year in and year out. Super grateful to you.

--JT

petlod said...

Hi Ernie-
A bit late to the party this year, but glad to see you are chugging along as usual! Happy holidays and thanks for all the shares and work you do!
Best,
Pete

Sarah from the hills to WMass said...

I'm extremely late to the party this year (it's been that kind of year) but I'm thrilled to see you posting & & can't wait to see what you've got for us this year. And thank you so much for one of my very favorite parts of the Christmas season - downloading your gems & finding new favorites! Merry almost Christmas!