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Sometimes you like a song at first, but the more you hear it, the less you can tolerate it. The great ones are different. They express the thoughts…preserve the moments…and capture the imagination. Winner: “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” Loser: “MacArthur Park.”

Song: "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!"

Posted by on Dec 18, 2009 in Holiday, Songs | Comments Off on Song: "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!"

Okay, I have to admit that, as I write this, the first snow of the season is pouring down outside. And “it doesn’t show signs...

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Song: "Silver Bells"

Posted by on Dec 15, 2009 in Holiday, Songs | 2 comments

This reminds me of my childhood more than almost any other Christmas song. Its imagery calls to mind the way Christmas used to be. Before...

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Song: "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)"

Posted by on Dec 5, 2009 in Holiday, Songs | 1 comment

The most-performed Christmas song isn’t “White Christmas” or “Silent Night”, but “The Christmas...

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Song: "Autumn Leaves"

Posted by on Nov 23, 2009 in Songs | 3 comments

We would share this wonderful classic with Great French Things, were there such a thing, because its melody was written by a French...

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Song: "Tangled Up in Blue"

Posted by on Nov 11, 2009 in Songs | 1 comment

When we look back on a relationship, we don’t remember it in a linear, chronological manner. Our minds flash forward and back,...

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Song: "Monster Mash"

Posted by on Oct 31, 2009 in Holiday, Songs | Comments Off on Song: "Monster Mash"

It was the biggest hit ever for Bobby “Boris” Pickett and the Cryptkickers. Okay, it was their only hit. “Monster...

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Song: "Bridge Over Troubled Water"

Posted by on Oct 27, 2009 in Music, Songs | 2 comments

Paul Simon wrote it. Art Garfunkel sang it. And America loved it. “Bridge Over Troubled Water” won the Grammy Awards for both...

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Song: "What a Wonderful World"

Posted by on Oct 16, 2009 in Songs | Comments Off on Song: "What a Wonderful World"

This Louis Armstrong song, which has become iconic in its usage in movies and TV shows, sold fewer than 1,000 copies in the U.S. when it...

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