The impromptu talking tour that has grown, to my surprise, out of my Slate piece from last week asking why it’s been a generation since we admitted any new songs to the Christmas pop canon, marches on. I was on HuffPost Live earlier today for about 20 minutes, part of a webcam panel hosted by Nancy Redd that included Huffington Post social media fellow Ryan Kristobak and — this was exciting — Walter Afanasieff, the man who co-wrote “All I Want for Christmas Is You” with Mariah Carey.
The video doesn’t seem to be embeddable, but you can watch the segment here. You’ll see my head bobbing around distractingly — useful in boxing, less so in on-camera interviews. You’ll also get a nice look at my girlfriend’s mom’s spoon collection in the background. Continue reading
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“Well, if I’m going to go out, I’ll go out singing.” Ray Price, 1926-2013.
I was waiting to board a plane at Reagan National Airport this morning, operating on about two hours’ sleep, when the Washington Post‘s J. Freedom du Lac, who used to assign me music reviews back when he was the paper’s pop music critic, Tweeted me the WashPo’s obit of country legend Ray Price.
Price’s death had been falsely reported by his son over the weekend, but as I read Terence McArdle‘s thoughtful summing up of Price’s extraordinary life, it quickly became clear he really had left us this time.
I’m quoted briefly in the story, from my review of a 2007 concert that featured Price, Willie Nelson, and Merle Haggard, touring together as The Last of the Breed. It was a great show. I brought my dad along as my plus-one. “I’m 81 and I ain’t quit yet!” Price told us on that evening six years ago. Continue reading