Ahh it’s that favourite time of year once again. A time for giving, a time for sharing and a time for Christmas goodies in all the malls and all the stores! It’s a family time and a time when if we aren’t like Scrooge we endeavor to make someone less fortunate a little happier by assisting with a donation in kind or with money.
We worked hard at creating a Christmas playlist in store that included some perennial favourites as well as some new seasonal hits and let me tell that’s not as easy as it may sound. Gone are the days when virtually every artist recorded their Christmas collection. New releases this year came from golden oldies like Carole King and Paul Anka and super stylists like Annie Lennox, Lee Ann Rimes and Katherine Jenkins but none of the new kids on the block seem to have recorded their Christmas selection. South African fans will be pleased to know that local Athlone boitjie made good Johanthan Butler has released his Christmas album and very pleasant it is too. Good to see South African talent doing well on the international music scene. But I can’t help but wonder why so few of the new stars seem reluctant to record their version of some of the time honoured Christmas classics and perhaps pen a few new takes on this wonderful time of year. Could it be that in this increasingly secular world it’s considered by the Facebook generation to be not cool? It seems strange if that is the case because from a purely music business point of view having a Christmas album or two in your repertoire makes excellent sense – Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” is still the biggest selling song of all time and sells a few thousand CD’s and downloads each year. It currently exceeds 100 million copies.
Sir Bob Geldof knows the value of festive tunes. He and Midge Ure have collaborated once again to produce “Don’t They Know It’s Christmas 2014” with a whole bunch of Brit superstars like One Direction, Adele, Ed Sheeran, Bastille, Foals, Elbow, Ellie Goulding, Emeli Sandé, Sam Smith, Olly Murs (who also won 2014’s Rear of the Year Award), Coldplay, Underworld, Sinead O’Connor, Paloma Faith and Bono. It shot straight to number 1 despite the critics panning it, but the cause is superb as it aims to assist in the fight against Ebola.
Thanks to all who assisted in getting the technology in line for the special tribute to Madiba on 05 December. Although the sync on the music video was a bit off the fact that it all came together so quickly was a small miracle. Johnny Clegg’s re-recording of the song “Asimbonanga” with the ladies from Riebeck High of Uitenhage was moving and uplifting.
It just remains for us to wish you and yours a blessed, caring and giving Yuletide. We will return in 2015!!