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 85 other countries and territories!
This week, we added new music from the Jive Aces, Kim Wilde, Crystal Bowersox, GLEE's Matthew Morrison, the Ready Set and San Dollar Rodeo (just to name a few)! And there's plenty more to come!
The All Request Hour and the New Music Hour will be back on Monday. In fact, at some point over the weekend, there will be a Request tab at the top of the page, so you can leave your requests there. The All Request Hour will be on every weekday from noon to 1:00pm Eastern. The New Music Hour will be on weeknights from 8:00pm to 9:00pm (Eastern).
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 DeDe, Kanisha K, Luanne Hunt, Sarah Pierce, Kenny Davies, Terence P. Minogue, Barbara Bretton, Louis Colaiannia and Natasha Miller for sponsoring this year's broadcast! 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 books, 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. This year, we're going to do it. 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!
And then, once we're into December, Two For Tuesdays will be back! Every Tuesday in December, you'll hear two in a row from all your favorite singers and bands!
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!
Anyway, here's this week's list of the highest-rated songs on the Sounds of Christmas....
1) B.B. King 'Christmas Celebration"
2) Josh Groban "I'll Be Home For Christmas"
3) My Morning Jacket "Christmas Must Be Tonight"
4) Burl Ives "Silver And Gold"
5) Bruce Springsteen "Blue Christmas"
6) Harry Connick Jr. "When My Heart Finds Christmas"
7) Death Cab For Cutie "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)"
8) The Empty Pockets "Run Run Rudolph"
9) Chicago "Merry Christmas Happy Holidays"
10) Ringo Starr "Dear Santa"
11) The Partridge Family "My Christmas Card To You"
12) Florin Street Band "My Favourite Time Of Year"
13) Davy Jones "It's Christmas"
14) Otis Redding "White Christmas"
15) Sidewalk Prophets "That Spirit Of Christmas"
16) NRBQ "Jolly Old Saint Nicholas"
17) New Royalty "I Believe It's Christmas Time"
18) Natalie Cole "A Song For Christmas"
19) Lois Mahalia "Deck The Halls/Joy To The World"
20) Nancy Wilson "That's What I Want For Christmas"
Thanks again for listening and sharing your holiday celebration with us! If you know someone who loves Christmas music, please send them our way! Especially if they live in New Mexico!
And may you always believe in Santa Claus!