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Holiday Groove of the Day/Carpenters/”Merry Christmas Darling”

One of the brightest (and a little sad if you think about it) holiday grooves of all time is indeed off of one of the greatest holiday records ever to slide down our chimneys as Carpenters shimmering 1978 set, Christmas Portraitt, still has all of the ingredients to make our seasons bright year after year. 

While it’s ridiculously easy to get lost in the legendary sibling music duo’s takes on “Sleigh Ride,” “Carol of the Bells” and “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” it’s “Darling” that has it all–plush strings! vocal medleys! trombone! harp! Of course, it’s the dearly departed Ms. Carpenter’s effortless vocals that truly make this groove come together for a polished number that while yes, it’s about not being with the one you love during the holidays, there’s just something about “Merry Christmas Darling” that finds a way to keep us warm on even the loneliest of nights…..and we’ll forever be grateful for it.

Sigh…..

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