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    SiriusXM Christmas channels

    Merry Chrisrnas! Happy Hanukkah! Yes, I know it's only October but SiriusXM just released details of this year's holiday channels. The complete press release is linked below. I had to do a lot of editing so it didn't take up 50 pages here!

    Turn on the joy with 16 commercial-free holiday music channels

    This year, SiriusXM’s extensive holiday music lineup features 16 commercial-free channels, including five available exclusively on SiriusXM’s streaming platforms. To kick off the festive season, seven of the music channels start broadcasting Thursday, November 1.

    SiriusXM's holiday music channels will offer listeners a variety of traditional holiday songs, classic Christmas carols, country Christmas classics, contemporary holiday tunes, soul music, Hanukkah music and Latin seasonal music.

    New to the holiday music channel lineup this year includes an exclusive Mannheim Steamroller channel, featuring music by Manheim Steamroller, who are known for their blend of symphonic music with elements of new age and rock, and modern recordings of Christmas music.

    In addition, SiriusXM will also launch four new holiday music channels, including '70s/'80s Christmas, Rockin' Xmas, Holiday Chill Out and Jazz Holidays, which subscribers are able to listen to online, on the go with the SiriusXM mobile app and at home on a wide variety of connected devices, such as smart TVs, Amazon Alexa devices, Apple TV, PlayStation, Roku, Sonos speakers and more.

    ❄️ SiriusXM's holiday channel lineup ❄️

    Holly (Ch. 4), Thursday, November 1 – Friday, December 28

    Holiday Traditions (Ch. 3), Thursday, November 1 – Wednesday, December 26; available year-long on channel 782

    Radio Hanukkah (Ch. 77), Saturday, December 1 – Tuesday, December 11

    Country Christmas (Ch. 58), Monday, December 3 – Wednesday, December 26; Thursday, November 1 – Monday, December 3 on streaming-only channel 778

    Holiday Soul (Ch. 49), Monday, December 3 – Wednesday, December 26; Thursday, November 1 – Monday, December 3 on streaming-only channel 777

    Acoustic Christmas (Ch. 14), Friday, December 14 – Wednesday, December 26; Thursday, November 1 – Friday, December 14 on streaming-only channel 779

    Christmas Spirit (Ch. 63), Friday, December 21 – Wednesday, December 26; Thursday, November 1 – Friday, December 21 on streaming-only channel 785

    Mannheim Steamroller Channel (Ch. 30), Monday, December 17 – Tuesday, December 25

    Holiday Pops (Ch. 76), Monday, December 24 – Wednesday, December 26; Thursday, November 1 – Monday, December 24 on streaming-only channel 782

    New Year's Nation (Ch. 4), Friday, December 28 – Wednesday, January 2

    '70s/'80s Christmas (Ch. 780), Thursday, November 1 – Wednesday, December 26

    Rockin' Xmas (Ch. 781), Thursday, November 1 – Wednesday, December 26

    Holiday Chill Out (Ch. 783), Thursday, November 1 – Wednesday, December 26

    Jazz Holidays (Ch. 784), Thursday, November 1 – Wednesday, December 26

    Navidad (Ch. 786), Thursday, November 1 – Monday, January 7

    Hallmark Channel’s 24/7 Countdown To Christmas (Ch. 70), Thursday, November 1 – Sunday, December 30

    https://blog.siriusxm.com/turn-on-th...nels-for-2018/

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    For those of you who watch Hallmark's mystery movies, I want to assure you that Candace Cameron-Bure will not be stumbling across any dead bodies on this new channel.

    Hallmark Channel to present holiday music on exclusive SiriusXM channel

    Hallmark Channel and SiriusXM have announced a new 24/7 holiday music channel, Hallmark Channel Radio (Ch. 70), which is scheduled to launch on Thursday, November 1 in conjunction with the network’s highly popular Countdown To Christmas programming event.

    SiriusXM's Hallmark Channel Radio will keep listeners in the holiday mood all day and all night with timeless Christmas carols and music introduced by top network talent, including LeAnn Rimes, Holly Robinson Peete, Lacey Chabert, Danica McKellar, Kellie Pickler and more. Hallmark Channel stars will also open up about their personal yuletide traditions, share their own favorite songs from the season and take listeners behind the scenes of their new Countdown To Christmas movies.

    Voiced by one of the network’s most beloved stars, Candace Cameron-Bure, Hallmark Channel Radio will launch on Thursday, November 1 and will be accessible through December 29 via satellite on channel 70, through the SiriusXM app on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at SiriusXM.com. Hallmark Channel’s 2018 Countdown To Christmas begins October 26 and will feature an unprecedented 24/7 slate of 22 all-new original holiday movies as well as fan favorites from years past.

    https://blog.siriusxm.com/hallmark-c...liday-channel/

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    What good timing! Tomorrow, eight SiriusXM Christmas channels will launch -- and today, the London Independent shared this bit of news:

    Listening to too much Christmas music is bad for your health, according to clinical psychologist
    The Independent, Oct 31 2018

    It’s the news that Grinches everywhere have been waiting for: overdosing on festive music is officially bad for your mental health, not least because of the clangy harmonies and insipid lyrics that make Christmas haters want to say "bah humbug" at every smiling passerby in a bobble hat. It turns out that Christmas songs actually stop us from being able to focus on anything other than mince pies and mistletoe.

    According to psychologist Linda Blair, listening to Santa Claus Is Coming To Town on repeat could actually have a negative effect on your brain. "People working in the shops at Christmas have to tune out Christmas music because if they don't, it really does stop you from being able to focus on anything else," she told Sky News. "You're simply spending all of your energy trying not to hear what you're hearing."

    It might not come as a surprise to you that hearing Christmas music on repeat isn't the best thing for one's concentration level or sanity level. However, research shows that striking a good balance between festive smells and music can positively affect the shopping environment, making customers happier. One 2005 study found that when this perfect symmetry between song and scent was achieved, it encouraged people to spend more time in a shop and subsequently boosted sales.

    Certain types of music are more effective than others, explains marketing professor Eric Spangenberg, who has studied the effect of holiday music in retail settings. Slow tempos slow shoppers down, he told NBC, meaning that they will stay in shops longer, whereas fast-paced tunes can rush customers through stores much quicker.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/life-s...-a8040336.html

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    Anyone who likes jazz will enjoy SiriusXM's Jazz Holidays channel -- as long as you don't expect to hear legends such as Miles Davis, Stanley Turrentine, Horace Silver, Charlie Parker, Chet Baker, Sonny Rollins, Art Blakey, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie. Jazz ain't what it used to be. Anyway, here is a small sample of the playlist:

    SiriusXM Channel 784 - Jazz Holidays

    Away In A Manger - Marcus Johnson (2005)
    Blue Christmas - Houston Person/Etta Jones (1997)
    Carol Of The Bells - Spyro Gyra (2008)
    Christmas In New Orleans - Louis Armstrong/Benny Carter (1955)
    Christmas Time Is Here - David Benoit/Take 6 (2000)
    God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Maysa/David Culbertson (2008)
    Happy Christmas - Mindi Abair (2004)
    Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Joey DeFrancesco (2014)
    Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Tom Scott (1988)
    I'll Be Home For Christmas - Stephen Scott (1996)
    Jingle Bells - Ann Hampton Callaway (1997)
    Jingle Bells - Diana Krall/Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra (2005)
    Jingle Bells - Wynton Marsalis (1989)
    Jingle Bells - US Army Blues (2017)
    Let It Snow Let It Snow Let It Snow - Ella Fitzgerald (1960)
    Let It Snow Let It Snow Let It Snow - Kenny G (1999)
    My Grown Up Christmas List - Boney James (2012)
    O Christmas Tree - Joe Pass (1992)
    Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer - Kenny G (1999)
    Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer - Stephen Scott/Nicholas Payton (1996)
    Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (Live) - Keith Jarrett (2018; recorded 1998)
    Silent Night - Barbara Dennerlein (2015)
    Sleigh Ride - Count Basie Orchestra (2015)
    Sleigh Ride - Diana Krall/Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra (2005)
    The Christmas Song - Nat "King" Cole/Nelson Riddle (1953)
    The First Noel - Howard Hewett (1997)
    Those Soulful Jingle Bells - Mark Whitfield (1996)
    What Child Is This - Peter White (1997)
    What Child Is This (Live) - Cécile Salvant/Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra (2015)

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    We need Linus to tell us what "Christmas is all about," like he told Charlie Brown. Holly, which occupies SiriusXM Channel 4 through December 28, seems to be playing an unusually high percentage of secular songs and winter songs this year. Eight of the channel's nine most-played songs are secular. Here they are -- chart positions are from the Billboard Christmas charts:

    Frosty The Snowman - Gene Autry (2/1950, 2/1951)
    Frosty The Snowman - Beach Boys (LP/1964)
    Frosty The Snowman - Perry Como (LP/1957)
    Frosty The Snowman - Harry Connick Jr. (LP/2003)
    Frosty The Snowman - Jimmy Durante (--/1969)
    Frosty The Snowman - Kimberley Locke (--/2007)
    Frosty The Snowman - Johnny Mathis (29/2002)
    Frosty The Snowman - Leon Redbone/Dr. John (LP/2003)
    Frosty The Snowman - Ronettes (LP/1963)

    Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Carpenters (LP/1978)
    Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Coldplay (LP/2002)
    Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Orla Fallon (10/2009)
    Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Amy Grant (LP/1992)
    Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Kenny G (6/1994)
    Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Diana Krall (35/1998)
    Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Pretenders (LP/1987)
    Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - James Taylor (3/2001)
    Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Vanessa Williams (LP/2004)

    I'll Be Home For Christmas - Beach Boys (LP/1964)
    I'll Be Home For Christmas - Tony Bennett (LP/1968)
    I'll Be Home For Christmas - Michael Bublé (LP/2003)
    I'll Be Home For Christmas - Carpenters (LP/1978)
    I'll Be Home For Christmas - Harry Connick Jr (LP/2003)
    I'll Be Home For Christmas - Bing Crosby (1/1943)
    I'll Be Home For Christmas - Amy Grant (LP/1992)
    I'll Be Home For Christmas - Josh Groban (15/2006)
    I'll Be Home For Christmas - Martina McBride (LP/1998)
    I'll Be Home For Christmas - Frank Sinatra (LP/1957)
    I'll Be Home For Christmas - Vanessa Williams (LP/1996)

    Jingle Bells - Natalie Cole (LP/1994)
    Jingle Bells - Perry Como (EP/1948)
    Jingle Bells - Ray Conniff Singers (LP/1959)
    Jingle Bells - Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters (1/1943)
    Jingle Bells - Duke Ellington (5/1941)
    Jingle Bells - Ella Fitzgerald (LP/1960)
    Jingle Bells - Kimberley Locke (10/2006)
    Jingle Bells - Barry Manilow & Exposé (LP/1990)
    Jingle Bells - Dean Martin (LP/1966)
    Jingle Bells - Miracles (LP/1970)
    Jingle Bells - Radio City Rockettes (LP/2008)
    Jingle Bells - Brian Setzer Orchestra (LP/2002)
    Jingle Bells - Frank Sinatra (LP/1949)
    Jingle Bells - Singing Dogs (1/1955)
    Jingle Bells - Michael W. Smith (LP/1998)
    Jingle Bells - Barbra Streisand (LP/1967)

    Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer - Harry Connick Jr. (LP/1993)
    Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer - Ray Conniff Singers (LP/1959)
    Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer - Perry Como (LP/1960)
    Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer - Bing Crosby (2/1950)
    Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer - Crystals (LP/1963)
    Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer - Burl Ives (LP/1964)
    Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer - Jack Johnson (LP/2002)
    Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer - Dean Martin (LP/1959)
    Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer - Supremes (LP/1965)

    The Christmas Song - Toni Braxton (17/2003)
    The Christmas Song - Nat "King" Cole (1/1953)
    The Christmas Song - Natalie Cole (1/1991)
    The Christmas Song - Ray Conniff Singers (LP/1959)
    The Christmas Song - Hootie & The Blowfish (LP/1997)
    The Christmas Song - Whitney Houston (LP/2003)
    The Christmas Song - Al Jarreau (10/1982)
    The Christmas Song - Mannheim Steamroller/Johnny Mathis (LP/2007)
    The Christmas Song - Martina McBride (27/2000)
    The Christmas Song - Radio City Rockettes (LP/2008)
    The Christmas Song - Wynonna (LP/2006)

    The Little Drummer Boy - Chicago (LP/1998)
    The Little Drummer Boy - Harry Connick Jr. (LP/1993)
    The Little Drummer Boy - Josh Groban/Andy McKee (LP/2007)
    The Little Drummer Boy - Jars Of Clay (19/1995)
    The Little Drummer Boy - Mannheim Steamroller (LP/1988)
    The Little Drummer Boy - Sean Kingston (LP/2009)
    The Little Drummer Boy - Bob Seger (LP/1987)
    The Little Drummer Boy - Supremes (LP/1965)
    The Little Drummer Boy - Temptations (LP/1980)

    White Christmas - Tony Bennett (LP/1968)
    White Christmas - Michael Bolton (5/1992)
    White Christmas - Michael Bublé (LP/2003)
    White Christmas - Michael Bublé/Shania Twain (LP/2011)
    White Christmas - Ray Conniff Singers (LP/1959)
    White Christmas - Bing Crosby (1/1942-49, each year)
    White Christmas - Destiny's Child (LP/2001)
    White Christmas - Ella Fitzgerald (LP/1967)
    White Christmas - Brenda Lee (LP/1964)
    White Christmas - Darlene Love (LP/1963)
    White Christmas - Bette Midler (LP/2006)
    White Christmas - Olivia Newton-John (LP/2007)
    White Christmas - Elvis Presley (LP/1957)
    White Christmas - Radio City Rockettes (LP/2008)

    Winter Wonderland - Michael Bolton (LP/2007)
    Winter Wonderland - Perry Como & The Satisfiers (1/1946)
    Winter Wonderland - Harry Connick Jr. (LP/1989)
    Winter Wonderland - Ray Conniff Singers (LP/1959)
    Winter Wonderland - Eurythmics (LP/1987)
    Winter Wonderland - Aretha Franklin (--/1964)
    Winter Wonderland - Amy Grant (LP/1992)
    Winter Wonderland - Macy Gray (LP/2000)
    Winter Wonderland - Jewel (LP/1999)
    Winter Wonderland - Kenny G (LP/1994)
    Winter Wonderland - Darlene Love (LP/1963)
    Winter Wonderland - Dean Martin (LP/1959)
    Winter Wonderland - Johnny Mathis (LP/1958)
    Winter Wonderland - Anne Murray (LP/1981)
    Winter Wonderland - Radio City Rockettes (LP/2008)
    Winter Wonderland - Brian Setzer Orchestra (LP/2002)
    Winter Wonderland - Wynonna (LP/2006)

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    Channel 3, Holiday Traditions, just played Mabel Scott's Boogie Woogie Santa Claus, a #12 r&b hit from December 1948. Four months earlier, she reached #6 with Elevator Boogie, which featured Charles Brown on piano. Scott married Brown in 1949. They divorced in 1952. Brown is best known for his number-one r&b hits Trouble Blues (1949) and Black Night (1951) and for his original 1960 recording of Please Come Home For Christmas, which he co-wrote with Gene Redd. (Redd's son, Gene Redd Jr., was Kool & The Gang's manager and producer from 1969 to 1975.) Yeah, I know -- that's an awful lot of trivia to take in all at once. Here is Boogie Woogie Santa Claus:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Nk3rODB-hNo

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    Holiday Chill Out, which occupies SiriusXM Channel 783 now through December 26, has a bizarre mix of music -- and I mean "mix" in both senses of the word. Some of the songs they're playing, such as To The Sea and the eight-minute-long instrumental I Want You aren't even Christmas songs. Here is what was just played:

    SiriusXM Channel 783 - Holiday Chill Out

    Angel Heart - Harrison & Lovell (2016)
    Christmas Girl (Christmas Lounge mix) - Lounge Café (2013)
    December - Ariana Grande (2016)
    Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (MNO remix) - Rosemary Clooney (2009)
    I Want You (Highland Brothers Inc. remix) - Moti Brothers (2012)
    Jingle Bells (Lounge version) - Chris Marx (2014)
    Let It Snow Let It Snow Let It Snow - Blue Street Players (2016)
    Little Do You Know - Campsite Dream (2017)
    O Du Fröhliche (Chill mix)- Christmas Café (2015)
    Santa Baby - Harvey Miller Band (2016)
    Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Jannika Melda (2012)
    Silent Night (Chill Out version) - H.G. (2007)
    Songs Of The Morning - Late Nite Alumni (2008)
    The Nutcracker Suite (Baz Kuts breaks mix) - Berlin Symphony Orchestra (2006)
    To The Sea - Trial & Error/Kate Grimes (2017)
    White Christmas (Chill Out version) - E.Bessman (2014)

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    As adults, we know Santa Claus, elves, flying reindeer, the Easter bunny and the tooth fairy are not real. (In truth, aduts have to be Santa Claus, the Easter bunny and the tooth fairy.) But six-year-olds see these figures as real and this substitute teacher had no right to shatter their childhood beliefs. Hey, teacher, you're on the Naughty List now and I hope you never get another teaching job!

    New Jersey substitute teacher tells first graders Santa isn't real

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/cedar-h...aus-isnt-real/

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    Run Rudolph Run was written by Johnny Marks and "M, Brodie." Marks also wrote A Holly Jolly Christmas, I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day, Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree and Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer. Chuck Berry was the first to record Run Rudolph Run, on November 19, 1958. The identity of "M. Brodie" -- many sources give the name as "Marvin Brodie," "Marvin Brody" or "Marvin Broadie" -- has never been confirmed but most music historians believe the name was a pseudonym of Chuck Berry or someone who worked at Chess Records, Berry's label.

    Run Rudolph Run has been recorded by 90 artists -- so far -- including Billy Idol, Emily Osment, Kelly Clarkson, Jimmy Buffett, Keith Richards, Bryan Adams, William Shatner, Cee Lo Green, Hanson, 98°, Train, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Dollyrots. Country Christmas, SiriusXM channel 58, just played Sara Evans' version from her 2014 At Christmas CD. Here it is:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhCaUBsLhCU

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    The Country Christmas channel just played Ronnie Milsap's It's Christmas, written by Thomas Cain and Joe Nelson. It was released in December 1983 (RCA 13665) with We're Here To Love on the B-side. (Cain also co-wrote Milsap's When The Hurt Comes Down and several songs for Dion, Kenny Rogers, Delbert McClinton, Jerry Lee Lewis and the Oak Ridge Boys.) It's Christmas was included on the 1986 Christmas With Ronnie Milsap album. Here it is:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzTaOB0yhQ4

    And here is Trace Adkins' version from 2009:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sf70rrj_nV4

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