Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without the traditional music.
Christmas music wouldn't be Christmas music without Johnny Mathis.
My parents made sure that when my older sister got married and moved out, we would still have music in the house. They purchased a Zenith stereo record player.
They subscribed to the Columbia Record Club.
They let me select the monthly purchase -- sometimes.
Johnny Mathis' Christmas album, pictured above, was an annual favorite.
We had it on vinyl.
When I married and moved out, I made sure my family had a copy of it in our music library. For years, it was on the shelf between Jimi Hendrix's Electric Ladyland and my favorite Steppenwolf album -- the one with "Magic Carpet Ride."
Now, I have a CD version of Merry Christmas and for the past two weeks, it's been in my truck. I often listen to music on my commute to work. (Yes, I sing along. Sometimes, very loudly!)
One of my favorite winter songs is included, "Sleigh Ride."
Music of any kind often brings back memories.
This music brings back memories of a special place. Home.
And you can't go back.
The Mangham, LA of today is much different in many ways than it was in the sixties.
Most places are.
We still have great memories.
And the wonderful memories will live on forever.
Here's another favorite memory: