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It's the Holiday Season—Without Andy Williams

Shrinque Wrote: Nov 21, 2012 9:52 AM
Ah, Doctor Kengor, I share those fond memories. There has never been better television than an Andy Williams Christmas special. Some years ago, while hearing "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" on radio, I remarked to my brother that I never thought about Mr. Williams until November and thought about him constantly until January. But so much other music from those who have gone to The Better Place makes my Christmas complete. Not long ago, I was driving in my car listening to a regular music station when a very tiresome song sung by an English guy who names his children after fruit came on . . .
Shrinque Wrote: Nov 21, 2012 9:58 AM
. . . I hit the button for the Christmas Music station just in time to hear the wonderfully familiar opening notes of Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride" as performed by the Boston Pops under the baton of the legendary Arrthur Fiedler. Then there's the Bingle and "White Christmas." Nat King Cole's "Christmas Song. Alvin and the Chipmunks "Christmastime." And even Elmo and Patsy's "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer." Such great memories. Such great music. Thank you for this column Dr. K. And to Bob Hope and all the others, thanks for the memories.
It was shortly before Thanksgiving. I was in the kitchen washing dishes when I heard my first music of the holiday season. Sick of talk radio and sick of election post-mortems, I gave myself a breather, turning the FM dial to something cheerful for a change.

The first song I heard was “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” by the great Gene Autry. There is no substitute. And there’s no better feeling every season than hearing such songs for the first time. I grabbed my two-year-old daughter and danced with her. She smiled as I sang, didn’t make a peep,...