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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks about "Jingle Bell Rock" and how different artists release Christmas music. He also talks to singer/songwriter/consultant/blogger John O'Leary about some of the lesser known things about the writing of "Jingle Bell Rock", including the conspiracy theories about what might have happened (which probably …
 
Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to Gerry from the Totally Rad Christmas podcast, Scott from Holly Jolly X'masu podcast and Tim from the Can't Wait For Xmas podcast about Christmas songs from the last twenty years that they think are classics, or on their way to becoming classics (or, at least, worthy of being considered classics). Th…
 
Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks about Nat King Cole's 1961 version of "The Christmas" being inducted into the National Recording Registry. Then he researched which other Christmas songs were in there, and talked about what should be on there (maybe) and how you can nominate your favorite Christmas songs and/or albums!…
 
Jon Stewart, former and current guitarist with 'Sleeper', is the author of a fantastic new book that offers a unique new take on the fascinating John Lennon/Bob Dylan relationship, and this is the conclusion of Antony's talk with him and returning guest, radio DJ and Bob Dylan podcaster extraordinaire Ben Burrell.In this part, we touch on the role …
 
Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to JJ from Christmas Music News (@NewXmasMusic on Twitter) about upcoming releases for the 2022 Christmas Music Season. They talk about the ones that are confirmed, the ones that we may get his year, and the ones that are rumored to be on the way. They also talk about some of the rumored releases from …
 
Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks about Chanticleer recent win at the Grammys for their album "Chanticleer Sings Christmas". He then wonders if any other Christmas music won Grammy Awards. He then reveals a short list of artists that did just that, and a much longer list of artists that you might think won Christmas music Grammys, but …
 
This time around, Antony is joined by Jon Stewart, the author of a fantastic new book that offers a unique new take on the fascinating John Lennon/Bob Dylan relationship, and also welcomes a returning guest, radio DJ and Bob Dylan podcaster extraordinaire Ben Burrell.Before diving into the main topic, we talk a little about Jon's previous (and curr…
 
Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks about an article from Stacker.com that uses data from WhoSampled.com for a list of the most covered songs of all time, which includes a bunch of Christmas songs. Since the article is from 2020, he looks at updated data from WhoSampled.com and cross-references it with data from the Sounds of Christmas l…
 
Having set the scene of 1969 in the first part of this 2-parter, Scott and I go through the John Lennon-related events of the year, one dominated by John & Yoko's sincere quest for world peace. Join us for bed-ins, bags, billboards, Give Peace A Chance, Live Peace in Toronto, Abbey Road and more...The conversation is complemented by a smorgasbord o…
 
Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to Aric Steinberg, Executive Vice President of Development and Artist Relations of the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund. He shares many of the ways you can help singers and musicians, so they can continue to make the music we all love! Plus, for singers, musicians and others in the music industry, Aric expl…
 
1969 was, even by the standards of the tumultuous decade of the 60s, a remarkably eventful year both for John Lennon and the world at large. Scott Phipps makes a welcome return to the podcast for a 2-parter about John in this year. I should come clean and say that there is very little John Lennon/Beatles in this part, so call it a build-up to the m…
 
Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to Ken Benson from P1 Media Group about how and why Christmas songs get tested, and how your local radio station may be using some of that data. They also talk about some of the songs on the list that were surprises, and some surprised about artists and songs that weren't on the latest list!…
 
Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas revisits nineteen of his earlier podcasts with singers and musicians for a composite of some of the Christmas music that just might be in the works for Christmas 2022! Artists appearing (briefly) in this episode are Brynn Stanley, Cliff Beach, Corinne Cook, Karla Bonoff, David Browning, Judy Pancoast, Deb Bo…
 
Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas reminds you that the Twelve Days Of Christmas actually come AFTER CHRISTMAS! He talks about this, the origin (and changes of the song "The Twelve Days Of Christmas") and how it's used to compute the True Cost Of Christmas. Most importantly, he wants you to know you don't have to stop listening to Christmas m…
 
Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas compiles pieces of Michael Sinatra's previous appearances on the Sounds of Christmas podcast for a thorough listen to his process for making his latest Christmas album, from his first appearance last April when he was just starting work on it, to his appearance a few weeks ago, shortly following the release …
 
Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to T.J. from Winterbrook about the appeal of Christmas music, which led him to release five original Christmas singles this year! He talks about inspiration for the songs, and what he loves about Christmas music. He also talks about plans for even more Christmas music for 2022!…
 
Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to singer/songwriter Rehya Stevens about her passion for songwriting, and her Christmas albums "Celebrate" and "Tis The Season" (the latter of which is her latest). They also talked about her process and inspiration for her music, her Halloween song and some of the non-Christmas music that is on the wa…
 
Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to Aaron from the Christmas music blog Merry and Bright (merryandbright.blogspot.com) about some of the new music he's found that he thinks you should know about (including Rehya Stevens, Cliff Beach, the Wires, Katie Garibaldi, Wes Walls, the Yule Logs and Cristina F). They also talk about the impact …
 
James Corbett joins the show to discuss the 2006 documentary about John's political activism and his fight against the Nixon administration to stay in the U.S. We also take some time to look at the political landscape of the time and the difference between then and now in terms of how much the public is shown about what is really happening in the w…
 
Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks about Eddie Money's Christmas music, and the new song from his kids, Jesse Money and Dez Money, where they have rewritten lyrics to his song "Everybody Loves Christmas" to reflect on spending Christmas without him. This is not a sad song. It's warm and hopeful, and will resonate with anyone that is thi…
 
Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to Gerry from the Totally Rad Christmas Podcast about 80s Christmas music. Some of the things they talk about include Prince's Christmas song, the California Raisins' Christmas album, Scrooge's Rock 'n' Roll Christmas, Kenny & Dolly, Fan Club Christmas singles from R.E.M. and the Eurythmics, George Str…
 
Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to singer/songwriter David Browning about his new album, "Christmas Presence", and the very relatable first single, "Merry Christmas". He also talks about the inspiration behind some of his original Christmas songs, as well as what led him to record the Christmas cover songs on his new album. And they …
 
Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to musician/producer, songwriter, and award-winning composer Tommee Profitt! Tommee talks about his cinematic Christmas album, "The Birth Of A King", a project which he began fifteen years ago! They also talk about Tommee's series of Cinematic music albums, his covers album and "Gilligan's Island"!…
 
Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to singer/songwriter Jeff Fowler about his new Christmas EP, "Just In Time For Christmas". They also talk about Jeff's path to music, his love of 80s music and his upcoming live album (plus they talk about the possibility of more Christmas music on the way)!…
 
Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to singer/songwriter Norine Braun about "December Falls", her Christmas album from last year, and her new EP "Stripped Down Acoustic", which is just out! They also talk about poinsettias and the Winter Solstice, plus about some of her upcoming projects (including the possibility of more Christmas music…
 
For this episode, we take you back to a couple of my proto-podcast adventures in Beatleland way back in November 2013. Firstly, I answer a few questions from friends and then I'm joined by schoolfriend and (then budding) musicologist Edmund Holliday as we take a casual look at the tracks from Revolver and discuss other Beatle/Lennon mattersEnjoy!Fe…
 
Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to singer/songwriter Pete Hopkins about his new single "Love Come Around", which had some legendary help! They also talk about Pete's earlier Christmas music and the possibility that he'll have an entire Christmas album out next year!By Ken Kessler
 
Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to singer/songwriter Linda Imperial about her amazing career, from backing Big Mama Thornton's band to dance hits in the 80's to solo hits in the 90's to her first-ever Christmas single. They also talk about Rosemary Clooney's Christmas songbook, and the possibility that Linda will use at least some of…
 
Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to singer/songwriter Rosalie Drysdale about her Christmas album "Let There Be Light" and her string of singles, which started coming out late this fall and will continue right up to Christmas! She also talks about inspiration, Christmas songs she'd like to record (and might release soon) and about lovi…
 
Another guest appearance by your humble host, this time back in October on the wonderful podcast 'The Mindbuzz'. The host Gill and I get into some Lennon/Beatles topics, such as John's progressive attitude to drugs, him as a victim of 'cancel culture' on social media, 'Paul Is Dead' and a few other things...Enjoy!Feedback and voluntary Paypal donat…
 
Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to singer/songwriter Liz Kennedy about Christmas music and her single "Snowman Moon (A Christmas Crime)". They also talk about her path to singing and songwriting, and how she proves that it's never too late to follow your heart!By Ken Kessler
 
Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to singer and paranormal romance author (and his wife) Lisa Kessler about her Christmas album, "The Magic Of Christmas", and her latest book, "A Winter's Wish"! They also talk about her other Christmas stories, and the Christmas song she wrote that YOU might be able to help her record!…
 
Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to singer/songwriter Deb Bowman about her new album a Big Love Holiday (including inspiration for the songs and the possibility of even more Christmas music on the horizon)! She also talks about appearing in the Addams Family musical, working with Meryl Street and her role in the upcoming third season …
 
An appearance by your humble host on Matt Williamson's 'Pop Goes The 60s' you tube channel. We discuss the perils of finding truths about the Beatles, Glass Onion's Goldman revisionism, some of the classic performers' relationships with the fans and a few other things...Enjoy!Feedback and voluntary Paypal donations to glassonionpod@yahoo.comORSuppo…
 
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