Once upon a Christmas season, 20 plus years ago, a radio station in Seattle – KEZX – used to play an ecclectic mix of adult jazz and local artists. One of the songs they played this particular season and then never again, was Stop the Cavalry by the Cory Band. It was one of those songs where you absolutely cannot sit still while it’s playing! I recorded it on a cassette tape and every year we take it out and play the heck out of it. Every year, I worry that the very fragile old tape will wear out and I won’t be able to find the song again. That same year, Beez was three years old, and after listening to me read him “The Night Before Christmas” umpteen million times, he’d memorized it pretty well – even if he did have a killer lisp, and tended to creatively misquote Clement Moore, such as, instead of “away to the window I flew like a flash, tore open the shutter and threw up the sash” his very funny interpretation was “tore open the shutter and threw out the trash!” This, I also recorded on a fragile cassette tape, which is taken out to be played every year – worrying, each time we push the play button that it will be our last.
This year, Grandpa G, our families’ resident technical wizard, took both those fragile treasures and lovingly burned them onto a semi-durable CD. Now, both of those precious sound memories can be confindently played for years and years to come! And today, through the durable magic of the Internet, I share them, as my gift to you, my invisible friends. Merry Christmas!