Song Of The Day

Song Of The Day: Greg Lake, “I Believe In Father Christmas”

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We were saddened to learn of the passing of Progressive Rock musician Greg Lake, who succumbed to cancer at the age of 69. While he will best be remembered for his work with King Crimson and Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, he also produced one classic solo song that is a perennial Christmas number. Released in 1975, “I Believe In Father Christmas” is somewhat of an anti-Christmas song. Though it’s not against Christianity, nor is it against the holiday time, it is a reaction to the over-commercialization of the holiday. I’ve always thought the song was quite apropos for Christmastime (I’m not a fan of the holiday, truth be told, for much of the same reasons addressed in the song–so I always make sure to play it every year. How fitting, then, that he pass during the time most likely for it to be played on the radio. A fine talent, gone. RIP.

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