Lost Christmas Classics: Stan Freberg’s “Green Christmas”

Paying Attention:

If you are one of those who think Christmas is becoming a little too commercial, you’re not the only one. Over 60 years, advertising and entertainment legend Stan Freberg thought the same thing, and produced an almost 7 minute long audio tape reflecting his viewpoint–a tape that was so scandalous that lots of advertisers threatened to withdraw advertising from any station that played it. Read the whole story with this link to The Atlantic.

Follow the link and then, inside the piece is another link that will play the entire Freberg audio clip (Stan’s forte was radio and audio, not necessarily TV, although he was very successful in that medium as well).

Lots to absorb and think about…but what better time of the year to give it some time.


The Nightshift: World News 25 December 2018

Press Clippings For Christmas Day 2018

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People, Places, and Events for today.

The Pope’s Christmas Message The President Visits the Troops. By Phone.

China’s Next Move(s)

The Queen’s Christmas Message

The Nightshift publishes direct links to the world’s greatest English language newspapers to facilitate research and encourage understanding of the world’s events of the day as well as provide resources to follow certain segments of sports, business, society, art, and weather.

We have added the New York Times Morning Briefing to give you a brief overview of the news and Golf WRX, a specialized news/reviews/information site that covers golf, professional golf, and golf equipment.

Today is Christmas Day

The Front Page Links

New York Times Morning Briefing

The Times (London)

Financial Times (UK)

The Irish Times (Dublin, Ireland)

The Wall Street Journal (European edition)

Washington Post (Washington, D.C.)

New York Times (New York)

The Boston Globe (Boston)

The Guardian

The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles)

Daily News Egypt (Cairo)

South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

The Moscow Times (Moscow)

Italian Newspapers in English

Le Figaro (Paris)

Bloomberg.com (New York)

The Jerusalem Post (Jerusalem)

The Japanese Times (Tokyo)

The Local (Oslo)

The Local (Italy)

Sputnik (Moscow)

The Buenas Aires Herald (Buenas Aires)

The Sidney Morning Herald (Sidney)

Deadline Hollywood (Hollywood)

FiveThirtyEight (New York City)

Politico (Washington, DC)

Lawfareblog (Washington, DC)

Wired (San Francisco, CA)

The Weather Channel

CNN News Text Site

Ars Technica  

Agence France-Presse

McClatchy DC Bureau

Xinua

UPI

Oil Prices Dot Com

Air Force Times

Straits Times (Singapore)

NOAA/National Hurricane Center (Miami) Golf WRX

The Fine Print.  Images courtesy of GettyImages.com, who have the photographic history of the 20th and 21st century on file. All rights belong to them or their designate. This image has not been altered in anyway. We thank them for sharing.  This post is number 2117 for this site (we stay busy overnight). The Nightshift is a continually evolving experiment in news communications and is a production of Perception Engineering and The Media Bunker. Currently, The Nightshift staff is developing a very streamlined graphic/display approach to news distribution. That doesn’t mean we won’t return to the People, Places, and Events for Today format that we have used for the last year  (and are using today) but it does mean that constant development of the site is one of the reasons we produce it. We also re-freshed links to the top five, which had been de-activated (for some odd reason). And, if you are a follower of this site, you know that at the beginning of the month, we suffered an image outage…that programming adventure has been corrected, due to expert intervention by Anne Ellen Geiger, our tech guru…. As always, we thank Anne Ellen for stepping in (again) to save the day. The Nightshift is rapid iteration within a surprisingly wide bandwidth. Thanks for reading. Now–catch up on the world .


The Best of SNL Christmas

The Holidaze: 

Had as it is to believe, not everyone celebrates Christmas. The Jews have their own seasonal holiday, Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, which lasts eight days. So despite the decorations, the movies, the music, the food, and other traditions, the Jews look at Christmas day with a very different attitude from most of America. This video–produced in 2005 and featuring singer Darlene Love (famous for her song, “No One Should Be Alone on Christmas”)–showing a different side of the biggest Christian holiday of the year.

 

 

 

 

The Fine Print: Video embed via YouTube and courtesy of SNL/Broadway Video. All rights belong to SNL/Broadway Video. This video has not been altered in any way. We thank our friends at SNL and Broadway Video for sharing and YouTube for providing the publishing channel. Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidaze, from your friends at Perception Engineering and the Media Bunker. 


Christmas One More Time XII

The Hunt for New (Christmas)Music:

At the end of the string for Christmas music playlists this year. This one, COMT XII, contains some classics, including “Run, Run, Run Rudolph” by Roomful of Blues; the rocking “What Christmas Means to Me” by Rahsaan Patterson, “Thank God for Kids”, by Kenny Chesney, Straight No Chaser’s version of “Merry Christmas Baby” which features an overdub with Otis Redding; and “Getting Ready for Christmas Day” by Paul Simon. Lots of really good music on this list (as is the case with all of the Christmas One More Time playlists, and all of it tested at high volumes in listening rooms and cars.

Happy Holidays and good listening.

[table]

No, Song, Artist

1, Jingle Bell Jamboree, Keb ‘Mo

2, Wonderful Dreams, Melanie Horton

3, Keep Driving, Katherine McPhee

4, It Snowed, Meaghan Smith

5, Most Wonderful Time of The Year, Andy Williams

6, Baby It’s Cold Outside, Rod Stewart and Dolly Parton

7, Run Run Rudolph, Roomful of Blues

8, What I Want For Christmas, Lemon

9, Little St. Nick, Erica Nicole

10, What Christmas Means to Mean, Rahsaan Patterson

11, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Chris Botti

12, Thank God for Kids, Kenny Chesney

13, A Gift, James Brown

14, Merry Christmas Baby(w/Otis Redding), Straight No Chaser

15, Long Road Home, Sheryl Crow

16, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Tony Bennett

17, Christmas I’ll Be Steppin’, R.Kelly

18, Island Christmas, Michael Franks

19, Getting Ready for Christmas Day, Paul Simon

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You can listen to the entire playlist through the courtesy of our friends at Spotify. Just click this link: COMT XII  and you will be able to stream the Christmas playlist via Spotify’s excellent web player. Special note: when you click the link, you will be taken to Spotify’s web player. There, you’ll have a couple of choices: sign in if you currently have a Spotify account; signup for a free Spotify account (you’ll be glad you did) or take advantage of their $.99 special for three months of Spotify premium, which has a few extra features the free version doesn’t have –wider selection and no commercials. Either way, you should check it out if you like music.  Enjoy…and Happy Holidays. Special thanks to DJ Tschugge for compiling the list, along with the team at the Media Bunker and Perception Engineering


I Do All My Shopping on Christmas Eve–Keb Mo

The Hunt for new (Christmas) Music:

Haven’t heard this one? It’s a keeper. Blues master Keb ‘Mo (who does a lot of good holiday songs) delivers a modern masterpiece with “I Do All My Shopping on Christmas Eve”. This version, recorded live from the Prairie Home Companion, and featuring the Rich Dworsky Orchestra, was made possible via Keb ‘Mo’s website (kebmo.com), Garrison Keillor, and PrairieHome.org. It’s just terrific.

 

 

 

The Fine Print: Embed video via YouTube, kebmo.com, PrairieHome.org, Garrison Keillor (come back, Garrison, we miss you) and Keb Mo. All rights belong to respective rights holders and nothing has been altered. We thank all of them for sharing. And Merry Christmas to All (and to all a good night). 


The Best of SNL Christmas

The Holidaze:

SNL’s Christmas specials have produced a lot of great videos, but one of the all-time favorites is this one: Sump’n Claus (“Everybody’s getting something”), starring Kenan Thompson, Cecily Strong, and Sacheer Zamata. Look closely and there might even be a Pete Davidson sighting. But tune in and pay attention: everybody’s gettin’ something.

 

 

The Fine Print: Video embed via YouTube and courtesy of SNL/Broadway Video. All rights belong to SNL/Broadway Video. This video has not been altered in any way. We thank our friends at SNL and Broadway Video for sharing and YouTube for providing the publishing channel. Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidaze, from your friends at Perception Engineering and the Media Bunker. 


NORAD SANTA TRACKER

Paying Attention (Holiday Edition):

For decades, the NORAD Santa Tracker has been a holiday tradition.  NORAD( the North American Aerospace Defense Command) tracks the progress of Santa Claus on his around the world in 24 hours Christmas journey using thousands of people and its’ massive network of radar stations.  The tradition started in 1955 when SEARS misprinted a phone number that people could call to report Santa sightings; that phone number ended up at the Continental Air Defense Command, which quickly picked up the opportunity and handled the calls. In three years, when NORAD was formed, the new group continued the new “tradition” of tracking Santa on his worldwide journey.

With the internet, things are a little easier now. We have live streaming of the Santa Tracker (above) or you can link to NORAD’s Santa Tracker right from your phone or computer, using our direct link:  NORAD Santa Tracker. 

It’s Christmas Eve. Do you know where Santa is?

 

The Fine Print: Live Stream courtesy of our friends at YouTube and NORAD. All rights belong to their respective owners. Merry Christmas. 


“I’ll be home for Christmas
You can plan on me
Please have snow and mistletoe
And presents under the tree
Christmas Eve will find me
Where the lovelight gleams
I’ll be home for Christmas
If only in my dreams……”

--from "I'll be home for Christmas", written by Buck Ram/Kim Gannon/Walter Kent

The Nightshift: World News 24 December 2018

Press Clippings For Christmas Eve, 2018

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People, Places, and Events for today.

Trump vs. Mattis

Treasury Secretary: Dialing for Dollars

NFL Weekend Scores

The Market Wobbles

Chinese Cell Phone Princess

The Nightshift publishes direct links to the world’s greatest English language newspapers to facilitate research and encourage understanding of the world’s events of the day as well as provide resources to follow certain segments of sports, business, society, art, and weather.

We have added the New York Times Morning Briefing to give you a brief overview of the news and Golf WRX, a specialized news/reviews/information site that covers golf, professional golf, and golf equipment.

Today is Christmas Eve.

The Front Page Links

New York Times Morning Briefing

The Times (London)

Financial Times (UK)

The Irish Times (Dublin, Ireland)

The Wall Street Journal (European edition)

Washington Post (Washington, D.C.)

New York Times (New York)

The Boston Globe (Boston)

The Guardian

The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles)

Daily News Egypt (Cairo)

South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

The Moscow Times (Moscow)

Italian Newspapers in English

Le Figaro (Paris)

Bloomberg.com (New York)

The Jerusalem Post (Jerusalem)

The Japanese Times (Tokyo)

The Local (Oslo)

The Local (Italy)

Sputnik (Moscow)

The Buenas Aires Herald (Buenas Aires)

The Sidney Morning Herald (Sidney)

Deadline Hollywood (Hollywood)

FiveThirtyEight (New York City)

Politico (Washington, DC)

Lawfareblog (Washington, DC)

Wired (San Francisco, CA)

The Weather Channel

CNN News Text Site

Ars Technica  

Agence France-Presse

McClatchy DC Bureau

Xinua

UPI

Oil Prices Dot Com

Air Force Times

Straits Times (Singapore)

NOAA/National Hurricane Center (Miami) Golf WRX

The Fine Print.  Images courtesy of GettyImages.com, who have the photographic history of the 20th and 21st century on file. All rights belong to them or their designate. This image has not been altered in anyway. We thank them for sharing.  The Nightshift is a continually evolving experiment in news communications and is a production of Perception Engineering and The Media Bunker. Currently, The Nightshift staff is developing a very streamlined graphic/display approach to news distribution. That doesn’t mean we won’t return to the People, Places, and Events for Today format that we have used for the last year  (and are using today) but it does mean that constant development of the site is one of the reasons we produce it. We also re-freshed links to the top five, which had been de-activated (for some odd reason). And, if you are a follower of this site, you know that at the beginning of the month, we suffered an image outage…that programming adventure has been corrected, due to expert intervention by Anne Ellen Geiger, our tech guru…. As always, we thank Anne Ellen for stepping in (again) to save the day. The Nightshift is rapid iteration within a surprisingly wide bandwidth. Thanks for reading. Now–catch up on the world .


Christmas One More Time XI

The Hunt For New (Christmas) Music:  

Yet, another very good Christmas playlist, this one containing some of the very best of the previous Christmas One More Time lists…actually a bit of a “greatest hits” playlist. As with all of the playlists posted this Christmas season, this one is available to play with a click on the Spotify link. Complete instructions are at the end of the playlist.

[table]

No, Song, Artist

1, Jingle Bells, Katherine McPhee

2, Carol of the Bells, Keith Lockhart

3, Thinking About You, Paul Carrack

4, Sleigh Ride, Arthur Fiedler & Boston Pops

5, A DC Christmas Melody, Destiny’s Child

6, The Christmas Song (Holiday Remix), Christina Aguilera

7, Driving Home For Christmas, Billy Mathis

8, White Christmas, Michael Buble’ (w/Shania Twain)

9, Blue Decorations, BB King

10, I Believe in Father Christmas, Cortex Cure

11, All Alone on Christmas, Darlene Love

12, Snowflake, Joe Sample

13, Holiday Road, Lindsey Buckingham

14, Waltz of the Flowers, Greg Long

15, The Spirit of Christmas (Chillout Lounge Mix), Skillmates

16, Christmas at My House, Rahsaan Patterson

17, Rudoph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, Los Lonely Boys

18, Wrapped in Red, Kelly Clarkson

19, Let It Snow Let It Snow Let It Snow, Dean Martin

20, All I Want For Christmas is You, Mariah Carey

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You can listen to the entire playlist through the courtesy of our friends at Spotify. Just click this link: COMT XI  and you will be able to stream the Christmas playlist via Spotify’s excellent web player. Special note: when you click the link, you will be taken to Spotify’s web player. There, you’ll have a couple of choices: sign in if you currently have a Spotify account; signup for a free Spotify account (you’ll be glad you did) or take advantage of their $.99 special for three months of Spotify premium, which has a few extra features the free version doesn’t have –wider selection and no commercials. Either way, you should check it out if you like music.  Enjoy…and Happy Holidays. Special thanks to DJ Tschugge for compiling the list, along with the team at the Media Bunker and Perception Engineering.