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Tuesday Open Thread | Christmas Jams

“Blue Christmas” is a Christmas song written by Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson. It is a tale of unrequited love during the holidays and is a longstanding staple of Christmas music, especially in the country genre. The song was … Continue reading

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#DylannRoof Federal Death Penalty Trial: Jury qualifications Day 6

Accused Emanuel AME Church shooter Dylann Roof filed a motion Sunday asking a federal judge to let his defense team represent him again, but only through the guilt phase of his death penalty trial set to begin in three days. … Continue reading

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Monday Open Thread | Christmas Jams

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree is a Christmas song written by Johnny Marks and recorded by Brenda Lee in 1958 on Decca9-30776. Although Decca released it in both 1958 and again in 1959, it did not sell well until Lee … Continue reading

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Sunday Praise & Worship | Christmas Jams

“What Child Is This?” is a Christmas carol whose lyrics were written by William Chatterton Dix, in 1865. At the time of composing the carol, Dix worked as an insurance company manager and had been struck by a severe illness. … Continue reading

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Saturday Open Thread | Christmas Jams

“Jingle Bells“ is a song featured in the 1948 album, Christmas Songs by Sinatra. Sinatra rerecorded this song in his Capitol album, A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra. A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra is a Christmas album by American … Continue reading

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#DylannRoof Federal Death Penalty Trial: Jury qualifications Day 5

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The long-awaited federal death penalty trial of the white man charged with the shooting deaths of nine black parishioners at a South Carolina church is scheduled to get underway next week with the final seating of … Continue reading

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Friday Open Thread | Christmas Jams

The Christmas Song (commonly subtitled “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” or, as it was originally subtitled, “Merry Christmas to You”) is a classic Christmas song written in 1944 by Bob Wells and Mel Tormé. According to Tormé, the song … Continue reading

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