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Holly Jolly X'masu

Mar 25, 2022

Welcome to episode 46 of Holly Jolly X'masu! In this episode, in honor of Women’s History Month, I’ll continue my coverage of Iruka’s music by discussing her 1990 album “Noel – Fantastic Winter Story.”

Noel - Fantastic Winter Story - 1990

As much as I liked Iruka’s albums when I first got them, I’ve grown to appreciate them even more as I’ve researched her life and listened to them repeatedly over the last few weeks. I think both albums are great, and each appeals to me in a different way. “Noel” has a more polished and mature sound to it, while “From the Bohemian Forest” is representative of several of the 1970s styles of music I enjoy. They’re both albums I’ll be including in my regular Christmas music listening in the future.

Noel - Back

I was quite impressed with Iruka as a person. She’s lived an interesting life and her commitment to her charity work is extraordinary.

Noel - Lyrics Art

On a personal note, I’m nearly back on track schedule-wise, at least with my podcast. I’m hoping to stay on track for the next few months. I have a large backlog of records to record and digitize, so I’ll be jumping into that once I have a little work done on next month’s episodes.

Join me back here next month as I talk about legendary clarinetist Eiji Kitamura. In my first episode next month, I’ll be covering his 1967 EP “Dancing Christmas,” and his 1988 album, “Golden Christmas Songs.” Then, on the 25th, I’ll be covering his 2001 album, “Santa Clarinet.” If you’ve enjoyed my Jazz or Mood Kayo episodes, you’ll love his albums.

As always, any feedback on this episode would be appreciated. If have any suggestions, or if you’d like to recommend a song or album for a future episode, drop me a line and let me know.

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