Last night I searched high and low for soulful Christmas music on TV, including satellite radio channels, but came away somewhat dismayed.
No Temptations. No Sarah Vaughn. Not even Mariah. And certainly no old footage of Redd Foxx doing "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire" ... you gotta love that gravelly voice and Fred Sandford stance :0)
What stuck in my head though was a scene from a movie I happened on earlier in the day where Chris Brown is doing a rendition of the Donny Hathaway classic, "This Christmas".
Can't get the tune out of my head, even as I should be writing elsewhere and not here.
I like Hathaway's more up-tempo version. It is the standard. But I also like the version by The Whispers. Perhaps more because it is a little more soulful, at least to me it is.
Oh did I tell you that it is so hot in Kimberley that I wish it would snow.
Come to think of it, the last white Christmas we had here in South Africa was right before Mandela became president - so that would make it December 25, 1993 :0)