Charlie Brown Christmas – O Tannenbaum

We’re going for a “Christmas Music Two – Fer today.

First up, is the song “O Tannenbaum performed by the Vince Guaraldi Trio for the animated TV show “A Charlie Brown Christmas” which premiered in 1965. The show won an Emmy for Best Children’s Programming in 1966. In addition:

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” was voted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2007, and added to the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry list of “culturally, historically, or aesthetically important” American sound recordings in 2012.

After 50 years, the show is still as fresh and with as timely a message as the first day it was broadcast.

The music is great too.

If you follow us at all, you should know what other song we are picking from the special.

Caution: This song is a known “earworm” and may have co-wrkers wondering why, after listening to it, you are smiling and happy for the rest of the day.

Obama, Castro, Kaepernick, And Special Places in Hell.

(Image courtesy of AF Branco at Comically Comically Incorrect.)

(Image courtesy of AF Branco at Comically Incorrect.)

In case you missed it, this past Friday, oppressive Cuban dictator Fidel Castro died at the age of 90.

Personally, we think that there is a special place in hell for people like Castro.

Yet we were raised to believe that if you shouldn’t say anything bad about someone when they have passed away.

Therefore, our official Raised on Hoecakes statement on the death of Castro is as follows:


We got nuttin’.

President Obama released a statement on the death of Castro which can be read here.

In part, the statement reads:

S’vivon Sov, Sov, Sov – Julie Silver.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a repost from last year, but we like the song and we loved the suggestion by a reader of the blog.

A few days ago, a blog reader, commenter and dare we say “fan” of Raised on Hoecakes named Lee commented on our Christmas series saying in part “I’ll leave you with a bossa nova-ish hannukah song.”

We listened to Lee and the song and wish to present it here.

S’vivon Sov, Sov, Sov (Dreidel Spin, Spin, Spin) is a popular Hebrew Hanukkah song and the second track on the 2013 Putumayo World Music album, A Jewish Celebration.

(Lyrics below the fold.)

We also have always liked Peter, Paul and Mary’s song “Light One Candle.” It definitely has a Hannukah-ish theme with the message of candles, but also as the Peter, Paul and Mary website explains:

Written by Peter Yarrow, “Light One Candle” was first presented as part of the 1982 Peter, Paul and Mary Hanukkah/ Christmas concert at Carnegie Hall with the N.Y. Choral Society. Later, performances throughout theU.S., Europe and particularly Israel, brought a new and universal meaning to the song.

“Light One Candle” was written, and is sung, for Jews and non-Jews alike. The flame is an historical reminder of an ethical imperative. It burns as a burden, demanding sacrifice and struggle. But it also lights the possibility, the privilege and promise of a better world. We must not let the light go out.

We can agree with that.


Air Force Band At Union Station.

This is from last year, but we still like it.

A special holiday musical presentation from Union Station in Washington, DC celebrating the service and sacrifices of our nation’s World War II veterans and commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of the war.

Jesu Joy Of Man’s Desiring – Celtic Woman.

We’re not sure if this is a song about Christmas, but the message is timeless and we just like it.

I’ll Be Home For Christmas – Bing Crosby.

Bing Crosby.

‘Nuff said.

America’s Socialist Origins.

As we have just celebrated Thanksgiving which in part is founded on a feast of thanks held by the Pilgrims, it may be good to look back and see how those Pilgrims believed in a form of socialism, and how that economic system worked out in the end.

Was America once socialist? Surprisingly, yes. The early settlers who arrived at Plymouth and Jamestown in the early 1600s experimented with socialist communes. Did it work? History professor Larry Schweikart of the University of Dayton shares the fascinating story.

(Courtesy Prager U.)

Snoopy’s Christmas vs. The Red Baron – The Royal Guardsmen.


As is our tradition, from now until Christmas we will be posting Christmas songs, lights or whatever holiday themed post we like.

If you have a song that is special to you and want to see it here, let us know. We take requests.

First up is the classic “Snoopy’s Christmas vs. The Red Baron.”

This is one of those songs that you just like to sing along with.

The description for the video caught our eye:

The Royal Guardsmen were 5 guys from Ocala, Florida. They recorded a quartet of songs inspired by Snoopy the Beagle in the “Peanuts” comic strip between 1967 and 1968.

According to Wikipedia, the group was indeed originally from Ocala.

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