Wow! I can't believe it's almost Thanksgiving (here in the U.S.)!
Thanks so much to everyone who has already stopped by and shared some of this early part of the season with us! We already have listeners in all 50 states, Washington, DC and 62 other countries and territories!
This week, we added new music from Sara Evans, Sarah Crowe, Kevin Ross, Sleeping At Last, Carly Jamison, Meghan Trainor and Fifth Harmony (just to name a few)! And there's plenty more to come!
The All Request Hour and the New Music Hour are rolling along. The All Request Hour airs weekdays from noon to 1:00pm Eastern, and you can make your requests HERE. The New Music Hour airs weeknights from 8:00pm to 9:00pm (Eastern), and you can get an idea of some of the new music we're playing on our new NEW FOR 2014 page.
And at 1:00am and 7:00am, and 1:00pm and 7:00pm, you'll get an hour's worth of Christmas music from the Stars of the Sounds of Christmas - spotlighting the singers and bands who have supported us in the past, and continue to support us, with their time, talent and treasure!
Special thanks to Michael Dulin, Jean Watson, Rick Lang, Debi Smith and Larry Carltonfor sponsoring this year's broadcast and joining the Sounds of Christmas family! And extra special thanks to Luanne Hunt, Sarah Pierce, Kenny Davies, Danny Wright andShelby Lynne for returning for another season to help get us running, and keep us running! Without them, there wouldn't be a Sounds of Christmas! You can click on each of their names and visit their homes on the web, check out their music, and, if so moved, buy their stuff! Or look them up on Amazon, iTunes, etc. Or just visit them on Facebook or Twitter and show them some love!
A couple other programming notes to mention. First, we've gotten a lot of requests to play Arlo Guthroe's "Alice's Restaurant" on Thanksgiving. We're going to do it again this year. So if you'd like to hear that on your Thanksgiving, you'll get three opportunities - 10:00am, 4:00pm and 10:00pm (all times Eastern). The first one will be the original recording. The second will be an update Arlo did in the 1990's. The third will include a recent performance from Australia about the difficulty in Remembering Alice, along with the original version!
Here are the three different versions, if you want to get one for yourself...
That's the news for now, so let's move on to this week's top twenty! Since the Sounds of Christmas plays so many songs, all the top ten's are actually top twenty's. It just seems hard to limit it to only ten, when we play so many!
By the way, here's how the rating system works at Live 365. To be able to vote on songs, you have to have an account with Live 365. This is free and only takes a minute or two to set up. Just go to their home page RIGHT HERE and click LOG IN/SIGN UP in the upper right. Then follow the prompts to start a new account.
To vote, listen through the Live 365 website HERE. On the player, you'll see a cartoon "thumbs up" hand and a cartoon "thumbs down". Click on either during the song you want to vote on. Oh, and Live 365 also counts it as a "thumbs down" vote when you turn off the station, so don't turn us off when it's a song you really like. Hope that all makes sense! If not, you can check out a previous blog which goes into a little more details RIGHT HERE!
And starting this week, we're presenting the top twenty a little differently. Each one is clickable, so if there's something you don't recognize, you can click it and go to directly to its page on Amazon, where you can hear a sound sample (and even buy it if you want)!
Anyway, here's this week's list of the highest-rated songs on the Sounds of Christmas....
And may you always believe in Santa Claus!