The Sounds of Christmas

The Sounds of Christmas

Ken Kessler from the online Christmas music station The Sounds of Christmas talks about the station, Christmas music and related topics.

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August 7, 2022 24 min

Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to singer Michael Sinatra about his newly released album "Standards Two (Deluxe Version)", including a breakdown of almost all the tracks, and what it's like recording some songs that are so strongly connected to some of the most iconic singers of all time. Michael also shares details about the deluxe treatment last year's Christmas album is getting, and what we can exp...

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 Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas continues a Christmas in July event by talking to hosts of other Christmas podcasts about their podcasts - what they're about, how (and why) they started doing it (and continue to do it) and what they've got planned for upcoming episodes. Today he talks to Robert from the Behind The Bells podcast!

Behind The Bells podcast: https://behindthebells.libsyn.com/

Movies Ken and Robert talke...

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 Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas continues a Christmas in July event by talking to hosts of other Christmas podcasts about their podcasts - what they're about, how (and why) they started doing it (and continue to do it) and what they've got planned for upcoming episodes. Today he talks to Mike from Advent Calendar House and Collin from the Christmas Movies Actually podcast!

Advent Calendar House: https://adventcalen...

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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas continues a Christmas in July event by talking to hosts of other Christmas podcasts about their podcasts - what they're about, how (and why) they started doing it (and continue to do it) and what they've got planned for upcoming episodes. Today he talks to Glen from Season's Eatings podcast and Joseph from the Christmas Creeps podcast!

Season's Eatings podcast: https://www.se...

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 Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas continuesa Christmas in July event by talking to hosts of other Christmas podcasts about their podcasts - what they're about, how (and why) they started doing it (and continue to do it) and what they've got planned for upcoming episodes. Today he talks to Tim from the Can't Wait For Christmas podcast, Art from A Cozy Christmas Podcast and Matt from North Pole Radio!

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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas is kicking off a Christmas in July event by talking to hosts of other Christmas podcasts about their podcasts - what they're about, how (and why) they started doing it (and continue to do it) and what they've got planned for upcoming episodes. Today he talks to Gerry from the Totally Rad Christmas podcast, Scott from the Holly Jolly Xmasu poscast and Sean from the Christmas Podcasts ...

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July 4, 2022 42 min

Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas revisits a topic from a previous episode -  Christmas songs from the last twenty years that they think are classics, or on their way to becoming classics (or, at least, worthy of being considered classics). This is in response to a growing number of posts and blogs over the last few years claiming that there isn't any good Christmas music being made any more.  Last time, he talked to sev...

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June 26, 2022 53 min

Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas plays segments from the Modern Mann podcast as Ollie Peart takes on a listener challenge to make a Christmas hit (which turns out being called "The Sounds Of Christmas")! Ken guides you through the journey when the listener first emails about the challenge, and then all the way through the creation of the song, the selection of a charity and the inclusion of the podcast community (pl...

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June 19, 2022 10 min

After talking about the lawsuit filed against Mariah Carey over "All I Want For Christmas Is You", Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks about some lesser-known lawsuits over Christmas music, including court cases involving Dolly Parton, Darlene Love, Anthrax, Alabama and Wham!

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June 12, 2022 25 min

Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to Associate Attorney Wendy Diaz (from his brother's law firm) about the recent lawsuit Vince Vance (Andy Stone) has filed against Mariah Carey over the song "All I Want For Christmas Is You".

Find out more about Wendy Diaz and the Kessler Law Firm at http://www.kesslerlawfirm.com

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June 4, 2022 6 min

Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks about creating a new online station devoted to Standards (and how you can help)!

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May 30, 2022 12 min

Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks about wrapping up the long first season of the Sounds of Christmas podcast. He talks about Memorial Day, the anniversary of "White Christmas", finishing up with the music from 2021, social media and coming attractions for the Sounds of Christmas station and podcast!


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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks about "Jingle Bell Rock" and how different artists release Christmas music. He also talks to singer/songwriter/consultant/blogger John O'Leary about some of the lesser known things about the writing of "Jingle Bell Rock", including the conspiracy theories about what might have happened (which probably did happen) in which careers were ended and lives were threatened...

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May 8, 2022 54 min

Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to Gerry from the Totally Rad Christmas podcast, Scott from Holly Jolly X'masu podcast and Tim from the Can't Wait For Xmas podcast about Christmas songs from the last twenty years that they think are classics, or on their way to becoming classics (or, at least, worthy of being considered classics). This is in response to a growing number of posts and blogs over the last few ye...

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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks about Nat King Cole's 1961 version of "The Christmas" being inducted into the National Recording Registry. Then he researched which other Christmas songs were in there, and talked about what should be on there (maybe) and how you can nominate your favorite Christmas songs and/or albums! 

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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to JJ from Christmas Music News (@NewXmasMusic on Twitter) about upcoming releases for the 2022 Christmas Music Season. They talk about the ones that are confirmed, the ones that we may get his year, and the ones that are rumored to be on the way. They also talk about some of the rumored releases from Christmas Past that haven't shown up, yet. And about a couple artists that th...

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April 4, 2022 9 min

Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks about Chanticleer recent win at the Grammys for their album "Chanticleer Sings Christmas". He then wonders if any other Christmas music won Grammy Awards. He then reveals a short list of artists that did just that, and a much longer list of artists that you might think won Christmas music Grammys, but didn't, and in most cases, didn't even get nominated!

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March 18, 2022 14 min

Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks about an article from Stacker.com that uses data from WhoSampled.com for a list of the most covered songs of all time, which includes a bunch of Christmas songs. Since the article is from 2020, he looks at updated data from WhoSampled.com and cross-references it with data from the Sounds of Christmas library and the website SecondHandSongs.com. 

The original article can be found on Stac...

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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to Aric Steinberg, Executive Vice President of Development and Artist Relations of the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.  He shares many of the ways you can help singers and musicians, so they can continue to make the music we all love! Plus, for singers, musicians and others in the music industry, Aric explains how you can get the help you need! You can find out more, and get involved, at ...

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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks about a list from Cleveland.com - "50 Greatest Christmas Songs by Rock and Roll Hall of Famers".  He weighs in on their choices, offering some alternatives to their picks, and then runs down his own list of artists and songs that didn't make their list.

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