Christmas Top 40: Up On The Housetop

by Kevin Burton    We don’t have Santa images at my house.  For us, Christmas is about Jesus.    But there is one Christmas song I have always loved that doesn’t fit that mode.  Hundreds of artists have recorded it. Possibly the most famous version was made by Gene Autry in 1953.     It was …

Quibbles And Bits: Leftovers And Hoops

by Kevin Burton    For most people, but not for me, today is Black Friday. To me it should be National Leftovers Day.    There is a leftovers day, Nov. 29.  Leftovers Day should be a holiday falling on the Friday after Thanksgiving every year. If you are hosting you have your own leftovers. If …

Easter Means Hope For The Hopeless

by Kevin Burton    You’ll hear Christians today saying “He is risen!” and others answering “He is risen indeed!” What does that mean?    For the Christian faith, for the human race, it means everything.    Today is Easter, “the annual celebration of Christ’s resurrection to life after His crucifixion and death,” according to http://www.gotquestions.org.    “The …

Christmas Shopping In January! You Bet!

by Kevin Burton    Did a little Christmas shopping today me and the wife. We were in the moment.    The moment had been delayed at least three weeks, but it was still a moment. Let’s call it a moment out of place.    We didn’t get 100 percent of the things done that we …

Merry Birthday Or Something Like That

by Kevin Burton    What if your big day got overshadowed every year by the biggest day of all?    What if the season to be jolly also brought your birthday?    This is probably not just a problem for Christmas Day babies.  I would guess any birthday between about Dec. 22 and 27 or …

My ABCs: A Is For Appreciate

by Kevin Burton    When I determined to write about appreciation I turned to the dictionary for help, but you wouldn’t have to.    Appreciation is like that key spice in your favorite stew. If it’s there it fills everything it touches with a flavor that keeps you coming back for more. If it is …

New Christmas Music By Alison Trelfa

by Kevin Burton    Just broke my rule against playing Christmas music before Dec. 1.    Well it’s not a hard and fast rule and I had good reason.  On this Christmas album I had a very small singing role.     Yesterday was the digital release day for Winter Warmer, the latest project from British …

My Smallish Musical Debut Is Coming

by Kevin Burton    Alison Trelfa’s “Winter Warmer,” to be released in the UK Nov. 30, has one element no album has ever had.    Me.     Let me be clear up front, I won’t exactly be featured on the album, and there is still editing to be done.  But I am pretty sure my …

Gifts From God That Keep On Giving

by Kevin Burton    In the old days at the school for the blind in Ohio, semester break meant Christmas, time off, and gifts.    Regular Page 7 readers know I am legally blind and have had longtime hobbies and vocations in the blindness field. So I know a thing or two about blindness.    …

Deck The Halls With Advertising, Fa La La

by Kevin Burton    Released just in time for Christmas season 1958 was the greatest Christmas record you’ve never heard.    “Green Christmas” was the inspired seven-minute response to the commercialization of Christmas by American media man Stan Freberg.    At various times in his long career, Freberg was an author, actor, recording artist, voiceover …