Last year, “A Marshmallow World” was pretty much the only song in my head for the entire Christmas season. This year it will have some company, as I have just received the Mark Steyn/Jessica Martin Christmas cd, Gingerbread and Eggnog. My daughter and I listened to it in the car on the way to the gym, and she became an instant fan. She loved “Marshmallow World”, and now she is all about the Gingerbread. After the gym, she begged me for some more of that “fun Christmas cd.”
If you don’t think that an endorsement from a 5 year old carries much weight, understand that this kid has loved Sinatra since she was born, sings along with Billie and Ella, and has much better taste in music than I do. My sister laughs that Kiyo “sings like an old lady,” but the joke’s on her, since the kid has a three octave range and fantastic control. Needless to say, I trust Kiyo’s judgment, and honestly, you should too.
And then there’s the kicky fun of being able to listen to your favorite Columnist to the World singing holiday music. I mean, it’s not like Jonah Goldberg’s got anything out there. Holiday cds are the new, chic thing for columnists. I’m expecting one from Krauthammer soon.
PS–If you want a direct quote, she said: “I love this cd. He looks like Santa Claus.” (She was examining the cd cover. I explained that he was not, in fact, Santa. Looking at me like I was mentally challenged, she replied, “He has a beard.”)