Pete McNeal – KYA, San Francisco – December 23, 1969 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –
Doesn’t matter where you are – San Francisco, Palm Springs or Duluth – it’s Christmas. And with Christmas comes Christmas Concerts. And with Christmas Concerts goes your Christmas vacation, because now you’re singing at Shopping Malls and in front of Post Offices and libraries and Rotary Club Holiday parties. You’re going to be singing We Wish You A Merry Christmas a hundred times between now and the 24th. And you thought taking Choir as an elective was a good idea because you thought you were going to get your singing chops down. Nope. You’re singing all right; on the weekends – on holidays – you’re singing in Sacramento – you’re singing in competitions with other high schools. Your Choir teacher had visions of Broadway and revivals of Paint Your Wagon – your Choir teacher is very animated and insists everybody wears red – and boys wear Santa Suits.
You are not feeling Christmas this year. Maybe because you overdosed on it last year and doing another marathon of Carols and The Messiah just isn’t doing anything for you. You think Christmas is over commercialized anyway. Shoppers look hassled and miserable and The Salvation Army is driving everyone crazy with the constant din of bells as thousands of Santas with red cast-iron pots take up position on every street corner in the City and mumble “Ho-Ho-Ho” as pedestrians and drivers square off on cross-walks.
Yep, it’s that time of year and all you want to do is hang out with your friends and go to The Fillmore. Maybe next year.
In the meantime, here is a good hour’s worth of Pete McNeal and KYA from December 23, 1969 – smack in the middle of the Holiday rush.