The Perfect Thanksgiving Playlist

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The table is set, the lights are turned down just enough to make the room sparkle and the cheesy Christmas decorations are hidden in another room – leaving only the very tasteful decorations you share with company.

Occupy the kids with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and enjoy one night as an adult.

Hit shuffle on your Thanksgiving Playlist and in the words of my favorite Jazz DJ Larry Smith “Sit back, relax, and let’s swing together.”


The Perfect Thanksgiving Playlist

The top links go straight to YouTube (at the bottom is the complete YouTube playlist)

The starred links* go to  iTunes so you can download your own


Merry Christmas Baby – Kenny Burrell and Richard Evans
*Merry Christmas Baby – Have Yourself a Soulful Little Christmas

Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Bill Evans
*Santa Claus Is Coming to Town – Have Yourself a Jazzy Little Christmas

We Three Kings – Ralph Sutton, Jim Galloway, Milt Hilton and Gus Johnson*
*We Three Kings – Christmas Jazz Greats (Extended Version)

White Christmas – Oscar Peterson
*White Christmas – An Oscar Peterson Christmas

Silent Night – Ellis Marsalis
*Silent Night (feat. Bill Huntington & Jason Marsalis) – A New Orleans Christmas Carol (Gold Edition)

What Are You Doing New Years Eve? – Ramsey Lewis
*What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? – Sound of Christmas

I’ll Be Home For Christmas – The Four Freshman*
*I’ll Be Home for Christmas – Snowfall

The Christmas Waltz – Beegie Adair
*The Christmas Waltz – Jazz Piano Christmas

God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman – Butch Thompson*
*God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Yulestride

Oh Good Grief – Wynton and Ellis Marsalis
*Oh, Good Grief! – Joe Cool’s Blues

Christmas is Coming – David Benoit*
*Christmas Is Coming – 40 Years – A Charlie Brown Christmas

O Christmas Tree – Russell Malone
*O Christmas Tree – Martha Stewart Living Music: Jazz for the Holidays

Christmas Time is Here – Vince Guaraldi
*Christmas Time Is Here (Instrumental) – A Charlie Brown Christmas (Expanded Edition)

We Three Kings of Orient Are – Oliver Jones
*We Three Kings of Orient Are – A Celebration in Time

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Oliver Jones

Jingle Bells – Jimmy Smith
*Jingle Bells – Have Yourself a Jazzy Little Christmas

The Christmas Song – Peter White
*The Christmas Song – Songs of the Season



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Twisted Mix Tape – A Cover Songs Playlist

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Well this is one of my favorite playlists ever. The cover songs playlist. Thank you Kerri from Undiagnosed But Okay, you made my week!

I am a huge fan of Cover Songs, so much so that this is not the first time this has been a theme for our twisted mixtape. Can you believe that Mix Tape is almost a year old! Can you believe it? This week is 48 (but it’s actually 49 since we skipped a week)! So I figured it was okay to recycle my favorite topic; on May 13, 2013, the theme for Twisted Tuesday MixTape #7 was Cover songs. It’s been 42 weeks. I’m ready to revisit! Click on over to last May’s mix if you want to see my first 5 favorite cover songs. And because I know you were dying to know, there was a cover of a Carpenters song and the Carpenters doing a cover song. I am that good.

A Cover Songs Playlist, Vol.2


Guitar Man – Cake (if you’ve been following me you know Cake is in my top 10 faves, this is just one more reason why)


Hard to Handle – The Black Crowes Here’s a song that has been covered by soooo many bands, originally written and recorded by Otis Redding. I could have picked any of them and been happy, but I remember when this version came out, and there was something about it. It was just right.


Little Wing – Stevie Ray Vaughn This song has a very special meaning to me. My older brother worked at a record store as I was growing up, Stevie Ray albums were readily accessible in my house. He has been a part of my life for over 30 years. I was at Stevie Ray’s last concert. Alpine Valley was a 40 minute drive from my house. It was where I first saw the Grateful Dead, it was there that I saw The Grateful Dead’s last concert with Brent Mydland. You see we were already reeling (as a Family of Deadheads) from Brent’s death which had occurred right after the last set of shows at Alpine Valley that July. Seeing Stevie Ray in August almost exactly one month later was a wonderful convergence of those of us who lived close enough to Alpine Valley to take a break in our Dead touring schedule to see this amazing guitar player and feel better about life.

Stevie Ray Vaughn’s helicopter crashed as it left Alpine Valley that fateful night. We all remember hearing an explosion. But didn’t know what we heard until the next day. As a 20-year-old, tragic didn’t even begin to define the loss of two musicians who were already such an inspiring part of my life, and who were molding the music lover I would be.

Although I always felt awed by Jimi Hendrix, the way Stevie Ray played Little Wing spoke to me even more. I always felt it was my song.


Sorry for all the messy salt. Winter in Chicago.


Crazy Love – Bryan Ferry I have a Bryan Ferry thing too…. but that’s a story for another day. Or is it. I will say I am amazed by how few people know this version, that everyone knows as one of Van Morisson’s most popular songs.


Let’s go from Crazy to Strange and end on another obscure 80’s note:

Love is Strange – Everything But the Girl I loved this band in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Thank you to Trisha, from At Least We Made it This Far, for reminding me of this song last week. If it wasn’t for you, your even more obscure 80’s cover would have been Frente! doing Bizarre Love Triangle.


I hope you’re as excited about this topic as I am!

These are the rules. Five songs (do your best to stick to it, I really do listen to every mix and I don’t want you to wait). Stick to the theme (as best you can). Try and check out at least two of the other players or more! (everyone wants to share their tunes with you). Here’s my new idea. Why don’t you at least listen to the person before you, and the person after you. That way our last to join isn’t the last one out??

Create a mix, not a “hey look at all the cool songs I know” we’re not snobs, if you were our best bud and you were gonna make us a tape, what would it be? And share this party so more people will play next week!

Do me a favor, if you’re a veteran, try to visit at least one person you’ve never visited before.

Now push play!


March 18 – Forbidden Love (you choose why it’s forbidden!)
March 25 – Songs that you always loved, but they blew you away when you heard them live! (thanks Kerri from Undiagnosed But Okay)
April 1 –  In honor of April Fool’s (also because it’s been 6 weeks) YOUR CHOICE! What do you want to spin for us?
April 8 – These Lyrics Are Genius! (Thank you to Miss Cyn K!)
April 15 – Missing You

We have also created a Facebook group for MixTape, please join us!


And just incase you didn’t think I was schizophrenic enough. I have made the decision to merge Raised on the Radio with My Skewed View. Bringing it back to the place it started.

Running so many blogs has been spreading myself too thin. I would like to be able to share all of the wonderful musical memories people have with all of my followers. So please, share your thoughts and memories with me. And from this point on, Raised on the Radio will be live here, on Mondays! Our first post was our own Kirsten from The Kir Corner with her memories of Harden My Heart, it’s a quick fun read, check it out!








The More The Merrier The Music The Better

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Hey All! Here’s another looking back post, but this one is a little unique. I was gonna regale you with some awesome photos of the Christmas party I host for the employees (all 5 of them) of my family business, while sharing some of the great playlists that were created on Raised on the Radio this past month. But….. it turns out all of the pictures sucked, everyone was making weird half talking faces, or one eye open, or red-eye. So here’s a picture of my bro-in-law psyched to try the Moskato Life that was so generously sent to me after meeting up with those awesome folks at BlogHer ’13.

We all know I love playlists, but I had no idea everyone wanted playlists so much! My new endeavor at Raised on the Radio has been so much fun and really rewarding! Our playlists have been getting a ton of listens, which just proves my point – everyone loves great music. I appreciate all of you so much who have checked us out, and if you haven’t head on over! If you like music, you’ll love the site. It’s not a site for music snobs, it’s real people sharing stories about the music they love. And while you’re at it, we love guest posts at Raised on the Radio so click on What’s The Deal With This Shindig and give me a hollar!

So hear here you go. Since Moskato Life was nice enough to provide some of the beverages for my Christmas party, here’s a little shout out to them.

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And here are the great playlists we shared for the holidays (some holiday related some not) over at Raised on the Radio:


A Swinging Playlist for Your Holiday Party – this was a nice list full of some mellow jazz holiday standards, most were completely instrumental. It is really my go to list when we are having a quiet party, doesn’t force people to talk to loudly.

A Martini Lounge Holiday Playlist – Well, this is what it sounds like. Some great lounge music, if you’re not familiar with lounge music you need to at least go check this out.

A Playlist For Grinches: December Songs That Don’t Mention The Holidays– This one is kind of a misnomer, it makes you think the songs will be Grinchy, it’s not the songs, it’s you. Ha. A great contribution by one of my co-conspirators over at ROTR Lance Burson.

Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree: A Classic Rock Christmas Playlist – This is just what you think it is, all those Rockin’ Christmas songs you love in one place! Contributed by my other co-conspirator at ROTR Linda Roy.

An Inspirational Christmas Music Playlist With a Twist – This is full of the more religious Christmas songs you hear, I tried to pick the versions everyone really wants. Go let me know if I’m missing anything!

A Twisted Christmas Mixtape: Funny Christmas Songs – If Grandma got run over by Dominick the donkey, then you’re in the right place!

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas – The Best Christmas Playlist Ever – Well once again, this speaks for itself. These are all the Christmas songs you know and love, by all the artists you love to hear sing them. You know, like how you remember them…

New Year’s Eve Disco Playlist – Old School Disco Music –  This is just what you think! The Best Disco Music Playlist EVER (if I do say so myself) it’s not just for New Year’s anytime you want to play that funky music, check out this mix!

Rock The New Year – A short but sweet rockin’ list for the New Year.

and last but there are so many more to come….

First #1 Hits of the New Year for Each Year of the 70’s! 

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Happy New Year from my sister and my bro-in-law, because I’m always the one behind the camera 😉


A Thanksgiving Playlist or Any Dinner Party

Today I’m over at Raised on the Radio with a Dinner Party Playlist.  For those of you who don’t know, Raised on the Radio is my alternate reality. (Not unlike my alternate personality, Woody Allen) I don’t often link, but this is a post everyone will love.

Dinner Party Music

This is a great playlist (if I do say so myself) I created by hitting shuffle on my own iPod Dinner Party Playlist, and choosing the first 10 songs that came up.

Click the link above and head on over. These are some great songs that set a happy quiet mood as your Thanksgiving Playlist or any day of the week!

ROTR fall dinner party playlist