You heard of it here first, of course, but Hot Air's Allahpundit has taken notice of Mark Steyn & Jessica Martin's new Christmas CD:
Beloved conservative pundit croons yuletide-ishly:Yes, Steyn is beloved. And fearless. The Christmas CD, a follow-up to last year's fabulous Marshmallow World (which is included on the new CD), is great fun. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas is done more or less straight and works very well, with a swingin Nelson Riddle-esque opening. You can hear the beginning of it here.
Author, critic, commentator, … warbler? Believe it, my friends. Not since Charles Krauthammer’s rendition of “Santa Baby” have I enjoyed a holiday tune sung by a hardnosed righty realist quite this much. The EP is on sale now at Amazon.
I don’t want to get people too excited but Ace and I are currently working on a cover of “Christmas in Hollis.” Epic. Click the image to listen.
Mark co-writes one of the songs, Runnin' On Eggnog. Husband Pundit observed that it contains more lines that have never appeared in any other song than any other song, ever. Got that? Example:
And suddenly you're noggin' and a-goggin' clouds of spice [?]
Then beat six eggs
Until they begs
Needed: 1) A transcription of all the lyrics; 2) The music video!
Don't neglect Mark's freebie Christmas show, either. Aside from its intrinsic appeal as a Steyn production, it contains some authentic musical gems by Dorothée Berryman, Monique Fauteux, and Elisabeth von Trapp. I'm looking for Berryman recordings but there isn't much out there. The carol by Fauteux is gorgeous, with the added interest that its lyrics were composed by one of the awesome North American Martyrs, St. Jean de Brebeuf.
By the way, Persimmon Coxcomb is back. Enjoy.
Now I'm off in search of Krauthammer's Santa Baby.
Update 12/26: I've since listened to the entire two hours of Steyn's Christmas show (some parts more than once) and need to mention a couple more highlights:
- Mark's interview with Hugh Martin, composer of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, featuring the composer's own poignant rendition of the song.
- Berryman, Fauteux, and Steyn's performance of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Ooh-la-la!
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