Thursday, December 10, 2020

16-Mistletoe

A short set, but one filled with some really good music.  The unifying theme today is mistletoe, that mysterious plant that stays green while everything else int he snowy landscape withers and dies. No wonder the ancients collected it and ascribed strange powers to it.  These days we just use it as an excuse to get a kiss or two, and there's nothing wrong with that.  Again, there's really good music here, and all tracks are courtesy of The Internet Archive with a little cleaning by yours truly.  Hope you're enjoying the music!

MEGA







8 comments:

David Federman said...

You've been quite successful in panning for Xmas gold. I wonder if any of the young would know what standing under the mistletoe was all about. We who remember will get a kick out of these. Thanks for theming your Internet Archive finds so thoughtfully.

Ernie said...

The best one here, I think, is Three Reinerts & Sussie, and not just because they spelled it Misteltoe. Hard to make out the lyrics beneath the 78 fuzz and the accents, but it's kinda funny. Excellent candidate for a cover version!

Buster said...

I love records with short-term Christmas creations like Uncle Mistletoe. Songwriters just kept trying to come up with with next Rudolph, I guess, although in this case it seems to have been a department store mascot. Around here we had "Mister Jingaling." He had a song himself:

Mr. Jingaling, how you ting-a-ling,
Keeper of the keys.
On Halle's seventh floor, we'll be looking for
You to turn the key.

That false rhyme always bothered me. I was a sensitive kid.

Ernie said...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Jingeling

Buster, please tell me you have a recording of his theme song that you can share!!!

Buster said...

I don't think there is one; I remember it from the ads and TV show.

This YouTube playlist has the history of the song and even one of the Mr. Jingelings singing it (spoiler: he couldn't sing).

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=mr.+Jingeling

JustaJeepGuy said...


Wait, mistletoe stays green all year? I thought the stuff was celebrated for its white berries--the white berries that somehow cause human osculation or something. Isn't holly green all year too? I'm confused!

Moahaha said...

I thought this one was also packed with nothing but swell tunes. The rips you share sound really great as well! Thank you for the tremendous work you've done locating, cleaning up and "curating" these old 78's!

Ernie said...

Thanks for the comments, folks.

Jeepy-Yes, green all year, and you can see it up in the otherwise bare trees. Dunno about the white berries, but maybe. I guess holly is also green year-round, but it has red berries. And then there's ivy, so it fits in there, too, somewhere...

Moahaha-The rips kinda are what they are. I'm getting them from the Archive, and they're getting the records via donations, so beggars like us can't be choosers. But I think most of them are excellent, though some of them leave something to be desired.