I saw a short segment on TCM (Turner Classic Movies) that they run between their films at this time of year. It’s their look back at all of the people associated with filmdom who have died this past year. Every year it seems that I find myself being surprised at the number of well known actors, directors, composers, etc who have passed away in that year.
This year was no different.
But they flashed a shot of David Bowie and it reminded me of the musical talents that passed away this year. Bowie. Prince. Leonard Cohen and so many more that some were lost in the shuffle.
One who slipped away somewhat unnoticed in those surreal days after the election [sic] was musician and songwriter Leon Russell. A wonderful writer and a gifted pianist, he collaborated with just about everybody in the recording industry in a career that spanned almost 60 years.
I never thought he got his rightful appreciation after his death so I thought I’d share a Christmas song of his that also goes under the radar in the great flood of holiday music that overwhelms every year at this time. It’s called Slippin’ Into Christmas and has a bluesy edge that kind of fits this year.