Happy Holidays. Today's the big day -- that one day we eagerly await as soon as the Halloween decorations are taken down -- the Feast of Stephen or Boxing Day or Wren Day. St. Stephen lived in the first century and was stoned to death c. 34 AD by a mob led by Paul (when … Continue reading The Feast of Stephen
I'm not sure what it is about Glam Rock and Christmas but I've always appreciated how many contributions to the Christmas song canon have big drums, fuzzy sax and '50s via the '70s Yuletide vibes. My vote for the best Glam Rock Christmas song goes, hands down, to Slade with their never-tiresome-no-matter-how-many-times-you-hear-it classic, … Continue reading Glam & Glitter Christmas
Tomorrow is St. Lucy's Day, a holiday primarily observed in Northern and Central Europe... and the Upper Middle West. If it seems odd for Lutherans to observe a Saint Day, it's because it sort of is. Then again, as with all the best Christian observances, the holiday's roots likely if anythinhave little to do with … Continue reading St. Lucy’s Day
Last year I posted an entry about St. Nicholas and the rather unsavory company he keeps. Child murderers, demons and hags (oh my). Well, the Krampus proved very popular, earning me another nickname that has stuck around throughout the year. The Krampus is a demon that, with the approval of kindly St. Nick, terrorizes bad … Continue reading Happy Krampusnacht!
Lil Slim was one of the first artists to be signed to Cash Money Records. After a series of underground classics, he parted ways with the label. A couple of years later, CMR signed a multi-million dollar deal with Universal and the label's star, Juvenile, carried the new roster to success whilst Lil Slim receded … Continue reading Lil Slim — Hollygrove hard hitter from back in the day