December 21, 2016 5:43 AM HomeMorning ReadsMorning Reads with Regrets (Mourning Reads?) Morning Reads with Regrets (Mourning Reads?) By edatlanta Morning Reads 13 Comments I haven’t heard enough good Christmas music. Basically anything not released in the last 20 years. (Seriously, there hasn’t been a single good update of a classic). “Mistletoe and Holly” by Old Blue Eyes. ICYMI: Georgia’s Electoral College electors voted for Trump. Georgia leads the nation in executions! Whooo-diggity! Larry Colburn, Helped Stop My Lai Massacre and Georgia Adoptee, died last week. A touching story on how the north Georgia wildfire fighters made use of a Jewish camp as their base. Are soccer fields needed at MARTA stations? I have no idea. Honestly, half of streetcars paying the fare is pretty good but it should still be fare free. Nate Fuqua GSU’s new DC/OLB Coach. Renee Fleming on the new phase of her career–one that might include no more performing in operas. Ta-Nehisi Coates’ latest opus on Obama and race is much too complicated to be summed up in a sentence. I suggest you read it for yourself (Republicans would probably benefit most from reading it; the least likely to do so). Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author edatlanta 13 Comments John Vestal Two recs for Christmas music: SiriusXM “Holiday Traditions” (Ch 18) Goodyear Christmas albums from the 60’s. December 21, 2016 6:03 AM Log in to Reply xdog Yeah, Christmas music is a problem. The standards are too standard and the carols are too sweet and nearly everything is either overproduced or a novelty. (Just this morning I ran across a Swedish Christmas choir “singing in the style of goats”. It’s enough to put you off herring and social democracy.) I usually get by with Fairytale of New York and a selection of those English kid choirs that sound as if they’re made of crystal. Sometimes I’ll find a live church performance. They can be agreeably quirky in their choice of material and there are very good amateur vocal and instrumental talent in many places. They’re always enthusiastic too. December 21, 2016 7:34 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Mormon Tabernacle. Vienna Boys Choir. Mario Lanza. Take your pick. December 21, 2016 8:29 AM Log in to Reply Ellynn Mario Lanza. My great grandmother listened to him… December 22, 2016 11:27 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 He’s an oldie to be sure. Died before I was even born. Mom and dad used to play it when we decorated the tree. Helluva tenor. The disk is already in the CD player… December 23, 2016 5:57 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Or the Repub version of the Little Drummer Boy: “Come, they told me… Trump a pum pum… Our newborn King to see… Trump a pum pum… Our finest gifts we bring… Trump a pum pum… All the way to the end! December 21, 2016 8:46 AM Log in to Reply The Eiger Trump is not Jesus Christ. You are scaring me again. December 21, 2016 9:26 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 No fear, Eiger! Just a play on words! December 21, 2016 9:49 AM Log in to Reply John Stoj There are totally “classic” newer Christmas songs – though maybe still more than 20 years old. Kinks, “Father Christmas” Greg Lake (RIP), “Father Christmas” Aforementioned Pogues, “Fairytale of New York” Waitresses, “Christmas Wrapping” Many more, but as I think about it, 20 years ago is only 1996, so you may be right. December 21, 2016 9:44 AM Log in to Reply edatlanta While great, the Waitresses song is *technically* not a Christmas song but rather a song about Christmas events. And also a lot older than 20 years. December 22, 2016 8:48 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope First, I’ll plug two albums with Georgia (more specifically, Augusta) ties: “A Soulful Christmas” by James Brown “It’s a Holiday Soul Party” by Sharon Brown and the Dap-Kings The remainder of my regular rotation of actual vinyls that get heavy rotation on the record player: “A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector” by Darlene Love, The Ronettes, The Crystals, and Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans “In the Christmas Spirit” by Booker T. & the M.G.’s “The Classic Christmas Album” by Willie Nelson “Elvis’ Christmas Album” by Elvis Presley “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby December 21, 2016 10:03 AM Log in to Reply drjay hey i don’t know if anyone else noticed..but if i saw correctly the faithless elector that voted for ron paul in texas was none other than bill greene, former congressional candidate in ga and once a fairly regular visitor over at the other pundit… December 21, 2016 2:03 PM Log in to Reply Saltycracker This settles it, about everyone going from home to work lives in the wrong place or right place, or is it too close to call ? 😎🙀 44 Atlanta Metro Commute Times Rated First to Worst U.S. Census surveys looked at the time it takes to get to work for 44 communities. We’ve ranked the trips from first to worst. By Greg Hambrick (Patch National Staff) – December 21, 2016 5:32 pm ET Lithonia and Stone Mountain had the worst average commute, both at more than 37 minutes. Here’s the average commute times, according to the survey results: Athens: 19.5 minutes Watkinsville: 23.0 minutes Cartersville: 25.0 minutes Sandy Springs: 25 minutes Atlanta: 25.5 minutes Elder: 25.8 minutes Monroe: 26.1 minutes Bogart: 26.5 minutes Vinings: 26.5 minutes Chamblee-Doraville: 26.6 minutes Marietta: 27.4 minutes Peachtree Corners: 27.5 minutes Tucker: 28.6 minutes Roswell-Alpharetta: 28.7 minutes Smyrna: 28.8 minutes Norcross: 29.4 minutes Fair Oaks: 29.7 minutes Northeast Cobb: 30.1 minutes Suwanee-Duluth: 30.2 minutes Canton: 30.5 minutes Cumming: 30.6 minutes Douglasville: 30.7 minutes Lilburn: 30.7 minutes Johns Creek: 31.1 minutes Statham: 31.2 minutes Winder: 31.2 minutes Atlanta-Decatur: 31.6 minutes Buford-Sugar Hill: 31.6 minutes Mableton: 31.8 minutes Lawrenceville: 32.0 minutes Loganville: 32.4 minutes Acworth-Kennesaw: 32.6 minutes Austell: 32.6 minutes Holly Springs: 32.9 minutes Woodstock: 33.1 minutes Dacula-Rocky Creek: 33.7 minutes Powder Springs: 34.0 minutes Auburn: 34.4 minutes Dallas: 34.6 minutes Bethlehem: 34.7 minutes Snellville-Grayson: 35.9 minutes Hiram: 36.8 minutes Stone Mountain: 37.4 minutes Lithonia: 38.1 minutes December 21, 2016 6:39 PM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.