James Brown once astutely noted, “Santa Claus is definitely here to stay;” but he also could have added, “So is the Christmas music!” Don’t get lost in a loop of shopping mall MUZAK this season. Truly savor the yuletide festivities, and get the good stuff. Choice holiday tunes, like primo java, can be found if you know where to look. This year, Stringbean Coffee has both!
Stringbean’s beloved cousin, the renegade raconteur Django Furtherbean, dropped by the roastery earlier this week with these inspired suggestions to compliment your Christmas coffee and keep your spirits bright …
Untamed Youth—“Santa’s Gonna Shut ‘em Down.” Django says, “St. Louis’ own, Deke Dickerson, soups-up Saint Nick’s sleigh with vintage surf guitar.”
Amos Milburn—“Christmas (Comes but Once a Year).” Django says, “Smoove groove from Christmas past throws caution to the wind and flat-out boogies.”
Dinning Sisters and Bob Atcher—“Christmas Island.” Django says, “Getting out of town is sometimes the best option.”
The Band—“Christmas Must Be Tonight.” Django says, “One of America’s finest offers a tasteful reading of the Christmas tale in the style of Linus Van Pelt.”
Ringo Starr—“The Christmas Dance.” Django says, “Holiday greeting from Liverpool; a randy, Ringo romp that gives elves Beatlemania.
Solomon Burke—“Christmas Presents.” Django says, “Philly soul-man dons Santa cap and delivers.”
Count Basie—“Jingle Bells.” Django says, “There are a lot of swinging Jingle Bells out there, but this Basie Band romp shreds the snow, while others merely canter through it.”
Ray Charles—“Merry Christmas, Baby.” Django says, “Brother Ray lights a smoldering soul-fire for Christmas Eve cuddling that could even make the Grinch shout, Amen!”