Last Month Of The Year




It's weird that so much fuss has been made the last couple of years about using the word "holiday" instead of "Christmas," considering that most biblical scholars believe Jesus was actually born in the spring, probably March. I'm not going to get into that discussion on here, because this isn't a religion blog, and there are plenty of other places you can read about that. I only mention it because I believe wholeheartedly that in cases like this, you should never let the facts get in the way of a good celebration. Or a good song.

I had never heard "Last Month Of The Year" before Chris Isaak did it on his 2004 Christmas album. Doing some peeking around, it seems like its been recorded mostly by gospel groups, including The Blind Boys Of Alabama and The Fairfield Four. I'm usually not big on gospel music, but I absolutely love this song, even though it's probably lyrically inaccurate.

Chris Isaak - "Last Month Of The Year" (mp3)

photo courtesy of the NMRA

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I can't provide you with a copy of it--but the ABSOLUTE BEST version of "Last Month Of The Year" is by the Anita Kerr Singers. It's from the late 60's/early 70's and is just as brassy and sassy as you'd expect. It's not unlike how you might imagine the Brady Bunch to do it, but at the same time so much better than that. I have it on lp, but it was available on cd on one of her christmas albums.
 
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