There are some other recent Christmas albums that are better (Diana Krall's Christmas Songs, Aimee Mann's One More Drifter in the Snow), but I picked Chris Isaak's album, named just Christmas, as today's pick for the musical advent calendar I've been putting together this month.
Maybe it's because Martha and I saw Isaak and his longtime band perform here in St. John's last year; the man not only has a great voice, but has charm coming out of his pores. I bought Christmas last season, and it's been on a lot lately. Like a lot of Isaak's music, it covers the bases: a little edgy, a little retro, a little rock and roll, a bit of kitsch and humour tossed into the blender. A few of those elements come through in his rendition of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, which he performed in the clip below on the Leno-era Tonight Show, when the album came out in 2005:
Dot Dot Dot is Morse code for the letter 'S,' the full message Guglielmo Marconi claimed to have received atop Signal Hill in St. John's in 1901. It ushered in the age of telecommunications. My maternal grandfather worked as a telegraph operator for Canadian Marconi on Signal Hill for many years.
As well, I have a habit of overusing the ellipsis when I write ... as frequent readers might notice.