Monday, November 24, 2008

A Sacred Song for Christmas

There is a tradition of country singers performing sacred songs and Christmas carols. Even outlaws like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, and Willie Nelson have their gospel albums and holiday records.

Willie Nelson's 1979 classic, Pretty Paper, which the All Music Guide calls "one of the finest country holiday records ever released" is one of my Christmas favorites.

Now, Willie adds a new tune to his fine collection of sacred yuletide songs: "Let Not Mankind Bogart Love." This premiered last night on Stephen Colbert's A Colbert Christmas. Stephen is experiencing a Christmas crisis (trapped in his cabin by a ferocious bear), and Willie appears in his nativity set as the "fourth Wise Man."


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cowboyangel said...

I highly recommend perusing several of the music videos from the Christmas show: John Legend's, Toby Keith's and especially the Jon Stewart-Stephen colbert duet on "Can I Interest You in Hannukah?"

Garpu said...

I love Stephen colbert.

cowboyangel said...

Jen, Did you watch the Christmas special? It was sillier than I expected - not quite the cutting edge of his regular show. But the songs were great - more clever.

The guy is a nut. Very fun. He and Stewart kept us sane for the last year.