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Justin Smallbridge: Hed – Deck us all with Boston Charlie

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 21, 2012 by segarini

justin_Smallbridge_headshot_01You’re probably pretty sick of the burnt holiday chestnuts that get played at you relentlessly at this time of year. They seemed to start earlier than usual this year — like, a couple days after Halloween. And prolonged exposure to the severely narrow range of seasonal favorites doesn’t make them any easier to take; it’s sharp proof that familiarity breeds contempt.

Still, music’s a large part of this time of year: carols, traditional secular numbers, and the Christmas album is something just about every singer or player is expected to produce at some point in his or her career, as well as the mandatory club residency through the end of December. But there are some less obvious or at least less burnt chestnuts you can play while you’re decorating your tree, nogging eggs, mulling wine, re-opening old psychological scars, seething with barely-contained fury or bitterly resenting family and friends.

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