The Christmas DJ

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(Editor’s Note:  Third Saturdays are normally Don Denison days but, as you probably know, Don has been hospitalized for a while now and has missed a few months.  The good news is that Bob Thomas posted an update on Don yesterday on the Message Board (click to view it)  and our old friend is clearly on the mend.  Filling in for Mr. Denison today is Dr. Bert, who gets another crack at fulfilling a life long dream…)

I’ve always thought it would be cool to be a disk jockey on the radio. Spin just the right tunes from a vast music collection for all you listeners to enjoy, just as if you were at a party with your closest friends. My little brother was a DJ in college and even though his campus station had only enough wattage to basically cover the campus, he really enjoyed it.

Well it’s almost Christmas and so today, I thought I’d try to play DJ for all of you friends and readers using the miracle of You Tube. I hope you enjoy my selections and Merry Christmas! Let’s get to the first tune I’ll yak away later:

(Click the song to play it.)

(1) Christmas is Near (Stanley Brothers)

Yes, folks Christmas is near three days to be exact. Have you done all your shopping? Here’s a set from Doyle, Ralph and Jimmy:

(2) Mary’s Christmas (Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver)

(3) I’m Going Home, It’s Christmas Time (Ralph Stanley)

(4) Old Fashioned Christmas (Jimmy Martin & the Sunny Mountain Boys)

This next one is perhaps my favorite Bluegrass Christmas tune. I’ll let Ralph Emery handle the introduction on this one:

(5) Christmas Times a Comin’ (Bill Monroe)

You old time fans out there may recognize the B part of an old fiddle tune as the basis for that song. It’s called Christmas Time in the Morning.

Here are two more tunes I really like:

(6) Go Tell It on the Mountain (Larry Sparks)

(7) Beautiful Star of Bethlehem (Stanley Brothers)

Well it’s been great fun spinning some tunes for you today. I can’t believe how the time has flown! I’m going to let Bela and Norman take us out in a bit, but first I’d like to thank our sponsor, whom I hope you’ll support: Peace on Earth; Good Will Toward Men. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, folks!

(8) Christmas Medley (Bela Fleck)

(9) Star of the East (Norman & Nancy Blake, Vassar Clements)

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