The Quality Street Holiday Review

 

A seasonal selection of favorites for all the family courtesy of this regular english-speaking gentleman on holiday. Nick Lowe delivers cozy Christmas cheer with twelve newly minted (released is 2013) county/pop holiday classics that swing. Children go where I send thee, throw another log on the fire, heat up some coco and enjoy…Quality Street.

 

The Quality Holiday Revue Live

A Dollar Short of Happy
Raging Eyes
Christmas At The Airport
Not Too Long Ago
Linus and Lucy
(I Love The Sound Of) Breaking Glass
Sensitive Man
Somebody Cares For Me
The North Pole Express
Half A Boy And Half A Man
I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day
Children Go Where I send Thee
I was Born In Bethlehem

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a night in san francisco

 

A Night in San Francisco takes me back to Addison and Lakewood in Chicago. Our secret rendezvous to a corner pub where we hung on the walls and the ceiling, talked for hours, played no games, just connected. You were a beautiful vision. Have I told you lately that I love you?

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Moondance

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Van Morrison’s Moondance is a marvelous record steeped in passion and spirit. A fantabulous soundscape for a rare late night run. It stoned me to my soul, stoned me just like jellyrolls. Stream for yourself.

Moondance
01 And It Stoned Me
02 Moondance
03 Crazy Love
04 Caravan
05 Into the Mystic
06 Come Running
07 These Dreams of You
08 Brand New Day
09 Everyone
10 Glad Tidings

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RIP 1999

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Don’t worry I wont hurt you. I only want to have some fun. 1979 partying like it’s 1999.

In 1979, I discovered Prince by some unlikely characters. I was 18 years old, off to college, moving in to the freshman dorms at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Setting up my stereo was first on my list and then trying to figure out where to put all my surfboards in a very small room. I got the stereo working and put on Supertramp, Breakfast in America and turned up the volume.

Dirty_MindSam and Tony were my dorm neighbors, they had just arrived from Detroit, Michigan. They walked in to my room carrying Prince’s Dirty Mind album, and asking a bunch of questions about surfing and my surfboards. Sam took Supertramp off the turntable and put on Prince saying you gotta listen to this guy. If you don’t know, the cover of “Dirty Mind” it is picture of Prince wearing girls black underwear a bandana with a new romantic jacket. I was concerned about these two at best but the music was funky and had good groove.

As time went on Sam kept bugging me about wanting to learn how to surf. I finally took him one day to the beach, set him up with a wetsuit and a board.  Sam was hooked after a few scrapes and tumble’s. I think he was one of the first black surfers on the Central Coast. I know he is still surfing, living the dream.

Now some 30 years later, Prince is on my regular rotation of music that I listen to while working. My lesson learned is never judge and album by its cover. I hope Prince is driving a little red Corvette to the beach, surfing perfect purple paisley waves somewhere, and partying like it’s 1999.

Purple and Paisley forever,

David

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Excitable Boy

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Today’s Runner is a wonderful set of yarns served up by the Excitable boy himself Warren Zevon.

“Send lawyers, guns and money, DAD get me out of this – Haaa!”

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Morrison Hotel

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Today’s Runner is some hard rock blues from the Lizard King. “I woke up this morning and I got myself a beer.”

“There’s blood in the streets, it’s up to my ankles.”

“Well, the future’s uncertain and the end is always near.
What else are you supposed to do?

Run!

 

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