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(@dogbite)
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we have all heard them...Christmas albums by the very famous. most are awful, some are silly, and one or two stand out as not bad. why do these really talented artists make these wacky holiday albums?
while cooking dinner and listening to Dylan's newly released Christmas album last night a thought came to me.
Christmas albums are proof that a deal was made at the crossroads.

so many talented musicians, singers, etc ,are out there. so few stand out. are they really extraordinary in the gift?
or did they make a deal with the devil at the crossroads.
think about it.

why would Dylan make a Christmas album? when he left the Minneapolis area in the early 60's he was an average player in the local scene. not my opinion but one of a well known local musician. when Dylan returned to the city, this musician was quoted as saying that Dylan came back not the same person; he had really good songs, played the guitar better and acted different than before, he had acquired huge charisma. the musican quoted said he must have made a deal at the crossroads.

so I am thinking that to get fame and enormous talent one had to make a deal at the crossroads, as lore says,. part of the deal I think is you must before you die make a Christmas album. if you don't you will die unnaturally or prematurely.

assuming these musicians made a deal for fame:
Hendrix = no Xmas album = dead
Janis Joplin = no Xmas album = dead
Jim Morrison...same thing.... for example.

Sinatra = Xmas album = long life and carreer with normal death.
Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole...Xmas albums and long successful career.
think about it. :)
your thoughts?

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:lol:
I love it!
That's an iron clad case you've built there. :wink:
:)

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 cnev
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Well I only like one or two Christmas albums and none by rock/pop stars I agree those are usually lame. My mother was a big fan of Frank Sinatra and she played his Christmas album all through the holidays and I like it and it's pretty much the only Christmas album I can listen to but Bing and Perry Coumo I can tolerate.

So the day after Thanksgiving I started to play the Sinatra Christmas album mostly for my mom who passed away a couple years ago and who I miss everyday.

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(@dogbite)
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Bing Crosby, Perry Cuomo both had very nice Christmas albums AND died of natural causes.
don't forget Andy Williams. not sure if he went to the crossroads, but he is known for holiday TV specials and a calm quiet death.
my case is building.

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Very interesting hypothesis! (You are awesome my friend!)

But perhaps I could say a counterexample: Elvis Presley.

Although perhaps Elvis didn't make a deal for fame... :roll:


   
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good post Nuno.
Elvis isn't dead

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I was listening to Bob Marley today and it hit me ... no Christmas album. :shock:

You're on to something here.

There's irony in the devil requiring a Christmas album. Maybe because he knows how many of them are so terrible? A taint upon the season???
:lol:


   
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I was listening to Bob Marley today and it hit me ... no Christmas album. :shock:

You're on to something here.

There's irony in the devil requiring a Christmas album. Maybe because he knows how many of them are so terrible? A taint upon the season???
:lol:
yep. it has me thinking.
Colbain...no X mas album....short life.
spooky.

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I doubt Cat Stevens will be making a Christmas album and he's still living. :D

Roy
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So then, guess who we get to have around for a long time:

http://www.amazon.com/Twisted-Christmas-Sister/dp/B000ICLTKK

:shock: :twisted: :P

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OH GOD no Twisted Sister please. Never could stand Dee Snyder and he was working at a local radio station in the area in the late 90's and would come in to MC some shows that the station was promoting atthe club I worked at.

My opinion of him hasn't changed.

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