Groove of the Evening/Capital Cities/”Holiday”

A fairly pleasant post-holiday Monday evening in Philly plus this insatiable Capital Cities cover of Madonna‘s “Holiday” plus this accompanying video equals..well, you’ll see.

Let’s groove it on out into a fresh new week, kids! Yas. Wait, how many more days until Friday?? Either 

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Holiday Groove of the Day/Gayla Peevey/”I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas”

Now, here’s a holiday song that if you don’t want to just get up ad march around the Christmas tree to, your name truly is Jack Skellington. Recorded all the way back in 1953 when she was just ten years old, Gayla Peevey’s “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” is a short, sweet sugary tune that is full of life and is laced with but one simple request-Ms. Peevey doesn’t want any dolls or toys. but a big, fuzzy hippo to play with for all time. Really, what could be better than that? Absolutely nothing. 

Although the beloved tune became her only hit (she had a few minor hits in the late ’50s under the name Jamie Horton), its lovely legacy will live on for all kids ages one-to-ninety-two and will always have each and every one of us praying that maybe one day all of our hippo Christmas dreams will come true. 




Holiday Groove of the Day/Mavis Staples/”Christmas Vacation”

A classic holiday groove in its own right, Mavis Staples cheery theme to National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation isn’t one of those songs that gets heavy rotation on holiday radio, but it’s one that we all know and love due to the fact that we’ve all seen the beloved Chevy Chase film a million times by now. Haven’t you? 

It’s no secret that the holidays can be a bit of a handful (especially when Cousin Eddie and Aunt Bethany come to visit), but once those opening bells of “Christmas Vacation” chime on, you know it’s all going to be okay. Also, despite the fact that the movie is laced with a whole buffet of timeless holiday grooves (Lindsay Buckingham’s “Holiday Road” being another one ), there was no official soundtrack released, which gives us all the more reason to raise those moose mugs high to the undeniable music love that’s neatly wrapped up in Mavis Staples’ cherished holiday tune.