I guess you could say that Holly Jolly X'masu is the love child of Scott Leopold and the COVID-19 virus.
I’ve always loved Christmas music and I’ve been collecting all manner of it for the last twenty years or so. Over the last few months, I’ve focused mainly on Japanese Christmas music. A lot of it is really great and very little of it is available in the US, so I’ve had to work extra hard to locate and purchase the best albums in my collection.
To make a long story short, and to avoid rehashing too much of what’s in my first episode, the stay at home order and general anxiety over the virus led to a lot of sleepless nights and more free time than I’ve grown accustomed to. In desperate need of some sort of creative outlet and something to fill my time, I decided to start a podcast where I talk about and share some of this music I’ve been collecting.
I realize I don’t have a voice for podcasting and my first episode is rather rough, but it’s a start. I’m sure I’ll get better at it as I go along. I have a lot of fantastic music to discuss and share, so I’m hoping you’ll continue giving me a try.
I need to thank Brian Earl from the Christmas Past Podcast for inspiring me to do a Christmas-related podcast and for giving me the help and guidance I needed to take that first step. I also need to thank J-Canuck of the Kayo Kyoku Plus blog and Santa-ro, curator of an online list of Japanese Christmas music. Their sites have proven invaluable both for information about the music and in helping me discover more wonderful songs and artists.
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