The Sounds of Christmas

By Ken Kessler

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

Episode Date
How To Make A Christmas Hit
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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 (plus follow-ups on how the song did, how much money was raised and how Ollie created a video with the help of listeners).

Modern Mann podcast - https://www.modernmann.co.uk
The Sounds of Christmas video on Ollie Peart's YouTube channel - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnJZcXBI9A0
Samuel's Charity - https://www.samuelscharity.co.uk

Jun 27, 2022
More Christmas Music Lawsuits
633

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!

Jun 20, 2022
Wendy Diaz On Mariah Carey Lawsuit
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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

Jun 13, 2022
The Standards Station
392

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

Jun 05, 2022
Season One Finale!
752

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!


May 30, 2022
Controversy, Tragedy and Jingle Bell Rock
2054

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. They also talked about the songwriting story behind "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas", and how that song evolved thanks to Judy Garland, and then, several years later, thanks to Frank Sinatra.

You can find out more about John O'Leary and read his blogs on his website: http://businesslessonsfromrock.com

May 17, 2022
New and Future Classics
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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 years claiming that there isn't any good Christmas music being made any more.

Find out more about Gerry and the Totally Rad Christmas podcast at https://linktr.ee/TotallyRadChristmas

Find out more about Scott and the Holly Jolly X'masu podcast at https://hollyjollyxmasu.libsyn.com/website

Find out more about Tim and the Can't Wait For Xmas podcast at https://cantwaitforchristmaspod.com/

May 09, 2022
Christmas Music and the National Recording Registry
491

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! 

Apr 25, 2022
Talking Upcoming Christmas Music Releases With JJ From @NewXmasMusic
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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 they wish would surprise us with Christmas music releases for the upcoming season!

Apr 18, 2022
Christmas Music at the Grammys
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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!

Apr 05, 2022
Christmas Covers
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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 Stacker's website here: https://stacker.com/stories/3975/most-covered-songs-all-time?fbclid=IwAR1Zzj0x7pzP0adph41t8hNgdnBFDWk9WKJ12YiwPbjN4bRxVJJT6Uy0nzE

WhoSampled lives here: https://www.whosampled.com/

SecondHandSongs lives here: https://secondhandsongs.com

Mar 18, 2022
Aric from Sweet Relief On Help For The Music Industry (and How You Can Help, Too)!
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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 https://www.sweetrelief.org

Feb 20, 2022
Christmas Music and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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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.

Feb 08, 2022
The Beatles' Christmas Records
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks about the Beatles and their contributions to Christmas music, including their solo stuff and their fan club Christmas records (which you might be able to get today if you hurry)!

Jan 31, 2022
Ken Benson from P1 Media Group on Testing Christmas Songs
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to Ken Benson from P1 Media Group about how and why Christmas songs get tested, and how your local radio station may be using some of that data.  They also talk about some of the songs on the list that were surprises, and some surprised about artists and songs that weren't on the latest list!

Jan 24, 2022
Ronnie Spector And Her Christmas Music Legacy
467

Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks about the passing of Ronnie Spector, her Christmas music and her love of Christmas!

Jan 18, 2022
Christmas Auld Lang Syne
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas thanks you for listening to this podcast and to the Sounds of Christmas station, and reminds you that both will be continuing, year-round, through all of 2022. Whenever you need a Christmas music fix, or some Christmas Spirit, the Sounds of Christmas will be there for you!

Dec 31, 2021
Christmas Yet To Come
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas revisits nineteen of his earlier podcasts with singers and musicians for a composite of some of the Christmas music that just might be in the works for Christmas 2022! Artists appearing (briefly) in this episode are Brynn Stanley, Cliff Beach, Corinne Cook, Karla Bonoff, David Browning, Judy Pancoast, Deb Bowman, Michael Sinatra, Linda Imperial, Paul Kelly, Dan Ashley, Noreen Braun, Pete Hopkins, Rosalie Drysdale, Liz Kennedy, Sarah Reeves, T.J. Winterbrook, Suzanne from Suzanne's Band and Rehya Stevens!

Dec 29, 2021
The Twelve Days Of Christmas
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas reminds you that the Twelve Days Of Christmas actually come AFTER CHRISTMAS! He talks about this, the origin (and changes of the song "The Twelve Days Of Christmas") and how it's used to compute the True Cost Of Christmas. Most importantly, he wants you to know you don't have to stop listening to Christmas music, just because the calendar date for Christmas has passed.

Dec 27, 2021
Merry Christmas!
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Ken from the Sounds of Christmas, and many of the hosts of podcasts on the Christmas Podcast Network, wish you a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

Dec 24, 2021
Michael Sinatra Talks About Making His New Christmas Album (Complete)
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas compiles pieces of Michael Sinatra's previous appearances on the Sounds of Christmas podcast for a thorough listen to his process for making his latest Christmas album, from his first appearance last April when he was just starting work on it, to his appearance a few weeks ago, shortly following the release of "Christmas", his second Christmas album!

Dec 23, 2021
TJ Winterbrook Talks About Releasing 5 Christmas Singles This Year, And Plans For More In 2022
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to T.J. from Winterbrook about the appeal of Christmas music, which led him to release five original Christmas singles this year! He talks about inspiration for the songs, and what he loves about Christmas music. He also talks about plans for even more Christmas music for 2022!

Dec 22, 2021
Talking to Rehya Stevens About Christmas Music, Including Her Latest Christmas Album, And Much More!
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to singer/songwriter Rehya Stevens about her passion for songwriting, and her Christmas albums "Celebrate" and "Tis The Season" (the latter of which is her latest). They also talked about her process and inspiration for her music, her Halloween song and some of the non-Christmas music that is on the way in 2022 (along with the possibility of more Christmas music, too)!

Dec 21, 2021
Talking to Aaron from Merry and Bright About New Christmas Music You Might Have Missed
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to Aaron from the Christmas music blog Merry and Bright (merryandbright.blogspot.com) about some of the new music he's found that he thinks you should know about (including Rehya Stevens, Cliff Beach, the Wires, Katie Garibaldi, Wes Walls, the Yule Logs and Cristina F). They also talk about the impact Mannheim Steamroller had, both on Christmas music in general, as well as on the Merry and Bright blog and on the Sounds of Christmas!

Dec 20, 2021
Everybody Loves Christmas: A Song For Dad
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks about Eddie Money's Christmas music, and the new song from his kids, Jesse Money and Dez Money, where they have rewritten lyrics to his song "Everybody Loves Christmas" to reflect on spending Christmas without him. This is not a sad song. It's warm and hopeful, and will resonate with anyone that is think about someone they've lost as we head into Christmas. 

Dec 18, 2021
Talking 80s Christmas Music with Gerry from the Totally Rad Christmas Podcast
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to Gerry from the Totally Rad Christmas Podcast about 80s Christmas music. Some of the things they talk about include Prince's Christmas song, the California Raisins' Christmas album, Scrooge's Rock 'n' Roll Christmas, Kenny & Dolly, Fan Club Christmas singles from R.E.M. and the Eurythmics, George Strait, Ray Charles, the Judds, Kenny & Dolly, Band Aid and Wilson Pickett and the Christmas Soul Special!

Dec 17, 2021
David Browning Talks About His New Christmas Album, A Prince Cover And Non-Christmas Animation On His YouTube Channel
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to singer/songwriter David Browning about his new album, "Christmas Presence", and the very relatable first single, "Merry Christmas". He also talks about the inspiration behind some of his original Christmas songs, as well as what led him to record the Christmas cover songs on his new album. And they talk about his cover of "When Doves Cry" and his earlier releases, along with a trio of animated videos he did years ago that are on his YouTube channel!

Dec 16, 2021
Tommee Profitt Talks About The Long Road To "The Birth Of A King"
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to musician/producer, songwriter, and award-winning composer Tommee Profitt! Tommee talks about his cinematic Christmas album, "The Birth Of A King", a project which he began fifteen years ago! They also talk about Tommee's series of Cinematic music albums, his covers album and "Gilligan's Island"! 

Dec 15, 2021
Jeff Fowler talks about His New Christmas EP, His Upcoming Live Album and lots more
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to singer/songwriter Jeff Fowler about his new Christmas EP, "Just In Time For Christmas". They also talk about Jeff's path to music, his love of 80s music and his upcoming live album (plus they talk about the possibility of more Christmas music on the way)! 

Dec 14, 2021
Norine Braun Talks About Her Christmas Album and Her New EP (plus Poinsettias and the Winter Solstice)
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to singer/songwriter Norine Braun about "December Falls", her Christmas album from last year, and her new EP "Stripped Down Acoustic", which is just out! They also talk about poinsettias and the Winter Solstice, plus about some of her upcoming projects (including the possibility of more Christmas music)!

Dec 13, 2021
Making A Christmas Album with Michael Sinatra (Part 3 of 3)
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to Michael Sinatra about his new release "Christmas", how it differs from his previous Christmas album, and about the new Standards and Christmas releases that are on the way next year!

Dec 10, 2021
Pete Hopkins Talks About His New Christmas Single, Other Christmas Music And A Potential Christmas Album For 2022
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to singer/songwriter Pete Hopkins about his new single "Love Come Around", which had some legendary help! They also talk about Pete's earlier Christmas music and the possibility that he'll have an entire Christmas album out next year!

Dec 09, 2021
Karla Bonoff Talks About Her Christmas Album And This Year's New Christmas Music
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to singer/songwriter Karla Bonoff about her history with Christmas music, last year's album "Silent Night" and her new Christmas songs for this year (including a duet with Michael McDonald)!

Dec 08, 2021
Linda Imperial On Her Music Career, Her First Christmas Single and a Potential New Christmas Album
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to singer/songwriter Linda Imperial about her amazing career, from backing Big Mama Thornton's band to dance hits in the 80's to solo hits in the 90's to her first-ever Christmas single. They also talk about Rosemary Clooney's Christmas songbook, and the possibility that Linda will use at least some of that for a potential Christmas album (maybe as soon as next year)!

Dec 07, 2021
Rosalie Drysdale Talks About Her Christmas Album, Her New String of Singles and More
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to singer/songwriter Rosalie Drysdale about her Christmas album "Let There Be Light" and her string of singles, which started coming out late this fall and will continue right up to Christmas! She also talks about inspiration, Christmas songs she'd like to record (and might release soon) and about loving lots of different kinds of music!

Dec 06, 2021
Liz Kennedy On Her Inspirational Journey Into Music and Her Single "Snowman Moon"
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to singer/songwriter Liz Kennedy about Christmas music and her single "Snowman Moon (A Christmas Crime)". They also talk about her path to singing and songwriting, and how she proves that it's never too late to follow your heart!

Dec 03, 2021
Lisa Kessler talks about The Magic Of Christmas and her new book A Winter's Wish
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to singer and paranormal romance author (and his wife) Lisa Kessler about her Christmas album, "The Magic Of Christmas", and her latest book, "A Winter's Wish"! They also talk about her other Christmas stories, and the Christmas song she wrote that YOU might be able to help her record!

Dec 01, 2021
Deb Bowman Talks About A Big Love Holiday (Plus the Addams Family, Meryl Streep and More)!
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to singer/songwriter Deb Bowman about her new album a Big Love Holiday (including inspiration for the songs and the possibility of even more Christmas music on the horizon)! She also talks about appearing in the Addams Family musical, working with Meryl Street and her role in the upcoming third season of the CW's Stargirl)!

Nov 29, 2021
Judy Pancoast Takes Us From The House On Christmas Street To Christmastime In Maine
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to singer/songwriter Judy Pancoast about "The House On Christmas Street" - the song, the tour and the novel! She also talks about her album "Christmas With Mrs. Claus" and the tradition she hopes it inspires. Plus, Ken and Judy talk about her being asked to perform for a sitting United States President (not once, but twice)! They also talk about her love of the Carpenters, her work on a Christmas Zombie story and her new Christmas single (with Kevin Scott Hall), "Christmastime In Maine"!

Nov 26, 2021
Mike from Vista Blue On Writing And Performing Christmas Music (and lots more)
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to Mike from Vista Blue (and Ralphie's Red Ryders and Tambourine Girlfriend) about his free upcoming Christmas EP, which will be out this Friday. They also talk about Mike's process for writing Christmas songs, as well as spooky songs and baseball songs. They also talk about the podcast Mike co-hosts with his friend Rusty, Snow In Southtown, and some of what you can hear about in their Thanksgiving episode! Not only does Mike give us some exclusive news on some of his plans for 2022, but he also gives us an exclusive acoustic performance of some of the songs he's written (some we talked about and some we didn't)!

Nov 24, 2021
Revisiting How To Make Gravy With Paul Kelly, Talking About Christmas Music And His New Album
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to Paul Kelly about Christmas music, revisiting "How To Make Gravy and his new Christmas album, Paul Kelly's Christmas Train, including the huge list of guests appearing on various tracks, and how he chose the huge, diverse group of songs in this twenty-two track collection!

Nov 22, 2021
Dan Ashley on Christmas Music and Christmas Spirit (and lots more)
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Ken Kessler talks to ABC 7 (San Francisco) news anchor Dan Ashley about his music career, including his latest album, his Christmas single, Charles Dickens, Christmas Spirit, his upcoming Christmas album, the Star Spangled Banner and Rock The Casa (his charitable foundation)!

Nov 19, 2021
Talking Music In And Out Of The Military (and lots more) with Corinne Cook
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to singer/songwriter Corinne Cook about her original Christmas song "A Soldier's Holiday", about serving in the military and being away from home at Christmas, all from the point-of-view of a woman in the military. Corinne also talks about her latest music, and her plans for her Christmas album!

Nov 17, 2021
New Christmas Music with Sarah Reeves on More The Merrier
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to singer/songwriter Sarah Reeves about Christmas music, her just-released album More The Merrier and the possibility of even more new Christmas music somewhere down the road!

Nov 15, 2021
Talking Christmas Music And Inspiration With Cliff Beach
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to singer/songwriter Cliff Beach about his new Christmas album, "Merry Christmas, Happy New Year", and some of the music that inspired him, including James Brown, Louis Armstrong and Bruce Springsteen!

Nov 11, 2021
Talking About A Classic Christmas With Brynn Stanley
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to Brynn Stanley about Halloween music, Christmas music, "Freebird" and lots more (including the possibility of a sequel to her "Classic Christmas" album! 

Nov 08, 2021
Making A Christmas Single with Suzanne's Band (Part Three Of Three)
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas concludes his three-part conversation with Suzanne from Suzanne's Band about the making of their new single, "Underneath The Tree", which is out today!

Nov 05, 2021
The New Season Of The Sounds Of Christmas
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Ken Kessler talks about the new season of the Sounds of Christmas, which has just begun! He shares some info on the many singers and bands that are sponsoring the station this year - Kenny Davies, Russ Lorenson, Michael Sinatra, Brynn Stanley, Suzanne's Band, Lauren Daigle, Tommee Profitt, Rosalie Drysdale, Francesca, Battistelli, Norine Braun, Margaret Dorn and the Accidentals, Paul Kelly, Sarah Reeves, Cliff Beach, Dan Ashley, Linda Imperial, Corinne Cook and Liz Kennedy!

Nov 01, 2021
Michelle From TrueXmasSpirit
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to Michelle Stockard Miller about her site, www.truexmasspirit.blogspot.com. They talk about Halloween info on her site, and her recent trip to Salem, Massachusetts. They also talk about Rudolph Day, and new Christmas book and Christmas music releases.

Oct 28, 2021
Katie Daryl from AXS-TV's The Top Ten Revealed
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The Sounds of Christmas' Ken Kessler talks to Katie Daryl, host of The Top Ten Revealed on AXS-TV,  about the Halloween marathon coming up this Sunday, leading up to the kick-off of the fourth season (which opens with "Murder Songs"). They also talk about how the top ten lists are compiled, along with details about some of the upcoming episodes (including a Christmas episode that's on the way this December)!

Oct 27, 2021
Thank You
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas thanks the folks at MyMerryChristmas.com and everyone else involved in naming this podcast the Best New Christmas Podcast of 2021!

Oct 26, 2021
Fawn on Halloween and Christmas Music (and a whole lot more)
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The Sounds of Christmas' Ken Kessler talks to singer/songwriter Fawn about her award-winning Halloween and Christmas music, as well as her non-holiday music and a few non-music topics (like rescue dogs)! Find out more about her at fawnmusic.com 

Oct 24, 2021
Rock By The Sea Christmas
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to Tod Elmore and Steve Everett from Rock By The Sea about this week's release of their twelfth  Christmas music compilation, as well as their upcoming events, charities they work with and how you can help!

Oct 11, 2021
I Put A Spell On You
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks about "I Put A Spell On You" and other Halloween music his station is playing this month!

Oct 03, 2021
The Sounds of Halloween
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Ken Kessler talks about the annual change to the Sounds of Christmas, as it becomes the Sounds of Halloween on October 1!

Sep 27, 2021
Making A Christmas Album with Michael Sinatra (Part 2 of 3)
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to Michael Sinatra again about the progress he's making on his forthcoming Christmas release (including details about the songs and the inspiration behind it all)!

Sep 20, 2021
Creeps
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks about the myth of "Christmas Creep", the supposed idea that Christmas-related things are being forced on the public earlier and earlier each year. Christmas-related fare has shown up in stores, in movie theaters and in other places before Thanksgiving, before Halloween, and even before October, for a very long time. The only thing that's really new is the seemingly growing number of people complaining about it.

Sep 11, 2021
Making A Christmas Single with Suzanne's Band (Part Two Of Three)
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to Suzanne from Suzanne's Band about the making of her band's forthcoming Christmas single, including the writing, recording, producing and mixing. Suzanne also talks about her inspiration for her Christmas music and when you'll be able to hear and purchase the new single!

Sep 02, 2021
Elvis and Christmas Music
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks about Elvis and his contributions to Christmas music, including an upcoming release due out this November!

Aug 23, 2021
2021 Coming Attractions
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks about some of the new Christmas music that's on the way this Fall!

Aug 10, 2021
Live Aid Anniversary and Do They Know It's Christmas
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks about the recent 36th anniversary of Live Aid, and about the Band Aid single "Do They Know It's Christmas?" (and all of its sequels).

Jul 18, 2021
Christmas In July
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks about Christmas In July - how it started (probably) and how it's going in 2021

Jul 05, 2021
Jeff from MyMerryChristmas on Christmas In July Events
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to Jeff from MyMerryChristmas.com about upcoming Christmas In July events (and the easy way you can be a part of it)!

Jun 28, 2021
From 2011 - Paul Barrere, Safety Harbor Kids and Sweet Relief
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas shares an interview he did with Little Feat's Paul Barrere in 2011. They talked about Paul's Christmas music contributions to help Safety Kids Harbor and Sweet Relief.

Jun 20, 2021
On B.J. Thomas
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas marks the passing of B.J. Thomas by talking about his musical legacy, especially his many Christmas releases!

Jun 07, 2021
Collecting Christmas Music and Movies with Drew
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to collector and friend of the station Drew. Drew is terrific at helping to keep Christmas Spirit alive all year long. He helps to moderate several Christmas groups on Facebook, and collects rare (and not-so-rare) Christmas music, movies and television specials. Ken and Drew talk about their love, and obsession, with collecting, and some of the hard-to-find items that are in danger of being forgotten. They also talk about Halloween groups on Facebook, and what makes some songs Halloween songs.

Note: In a few brief instances, Drew's connection is slightly garbled, but it is quickly resolved.

May 30, 2021
Halloween Music
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks about Halloween music, and the transformation that happens every Fall when the Sounds of Christmas becomes the Sounds of Halloween during the month of October!

May 24, 2021
Rikki Meece from the Sleigh Bells and Mistletoe Podcast
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The Sounds of Christmas' Ken Kessler talked to Rikki Meece from the Sleigh Bells and Mistletoe Podcast about her podcast (with Mary Richards), Christmas music and keeping the spirit all year long! Plus, they talked about some of Rikki's favorite topics from past and upcoming episodes, and Ken shared his love/hate relationship with Department 56!

May 10, 2021
Rudolph and Donder
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks about a couple of his pet peeves regarding Rudolph and the other reindeer.

May 03, 2021
Making a Christmas Album with Michael Sinatra
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to singer Michael Sinatra about his Christmas album, An Old Fashioned Christmas, and the plans he has for a follow-up Christmas album, due later this year!

Apr 26, 2021
Baby It's Cold Outside
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks about the song "Baby, It's Cold Outside", the War On Christmas (there isn't one) and the ridiculous claims that there's a movement afoot to cancel Christmas!

Apr 05, 2021
Making A Christmas Single with Suzanne's Band (Part One)
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks to Suzanne from Suzanne's Band about the process of making a Christmas single as she prepares to head into the studio to record a new one for Christmas 2021!

Mar 29, 2021
Solomon Burke and Eddie Money
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas gives a quick tribute to Solomon Burke and Eddie Money, who shared the same birthday (3/21) and shared a love of Christmas music!

Mar 22, 2021
Nat King Cole
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks about the legendary Christmas music of Nat King Cole (following Cole's 102nd birthday)!

Mar 18, 2021
There Is No War On Christmas
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks about Dr. Seuss, cancel culture and the so-called War On Christmas.

Mar 04, 2021
Keeping It Fresh and Surprise Releases
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talked about how he keeps the station fresh all year long. He talks about surprise releases, both from this past year and from many years ago!

Feb 11, 2021
What We Don't Play And Won't Do
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Ken Kessler from the Sounds of Christmas talks about songs that his station doesn't play (and why) and about things his station won't do (and why).

Feb 04, 2021
Welcome to the Sounds of Christmas Podcast
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In our first podcast, I just wanted to mention a bit about the Sounds of Christmas, how we got here and what we do, and set the stage for what I hope will be a fun series of interviews with people who love Christmas music.

Feb 01, 2021