So another holiday season has passed, and this year we were blessed to not hear Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime” even once, not even while waiting in line at the post office! We were also blessed to see folks who don’t live here in the Twin Cities but stop by every year when they come back for visits.
There’s some talk about 2016 being a terrible year, and often — outside of politics — the reason cited is the deaths of major pop stars like David Bowie and Prince. We usually eschew the political discussions, and can’t add much to what’s already been written about the celebrity deaths this year (we have no comment on George Michael, by the way). All we can say is that it was a pretty good year around here. We watched a lot of local musicians have their biggest successes this year. We finally fixed a few things around the shop which have been broken since we moved, and at home our family had another great year.
Its sad that so many of the celebrity deaths are forgotten by year’s end. One of this year’s first famous musicians to pass was composer/conductor Pierre Boulez, and we posted about him in January. And after reading about Leon Russell after he passed away last month, we started to notice his credit on some interesting records — for instance, this one which turned up over the weekend.