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Jack Blanchard’s Column: The Christmas Town

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Jack Blanchard’s Column: The Christmas Town

It was the day before Christmas.
We were road tired and traveling westward through Illinois or Iowa…
on our way to another show somewhere.
We tried to cheer each other up,
and said we’d celebrate our Christmas at a later date.

The countryside looked like a Christmas card
through the windshield of our motor home.
Fine dusty snow was starting to whirl around.
and the Interstate Highway was just about deserted.

It began snowing harder.
We needed a place to pull in for the night,
but we hadn’t seen anything open for miles.
We started to get worried.

It was getting dark,
and the wind was blowing the snow into drifts.
We pulled off at the next exit,
but there was no sign of life except for an old barn.
There was a wooden sign over the door,
and Christmas lights were on inside.
It turned out to be a little store
with a few groceries, and some antiques for sale in the back.

The owner took us to a little room where they kept boots and snow shovels.
That’s where we plugged in our electric line.
Misty made a good deal…
One night, two dollars.

I dragged our small artificial Christmas tree out of the trunk.
She had it trimmed and lit in about ten minutes.

We’d been on a long hard tour
and we didn’t have any presents for each other,
so we looked around at the antiques and things in the store.
We picked out a few gifts,
but we didn’t have any way to gift wrap them.

Two or three at a time people from the town came into the store,
stomping the snow off their shoes
and saying “Merry Christmas” to each other.
They were smiling and friendly
and offered to take our gifts back to their homes and wrap them for us.
When they came back a while later our presents looked beautiful.

They brought along some cookies and eggnog,
and we had a little party with these unusual strangers.
We wanted to cancel all our future bookings and live here.

In the morning we woke up to snow covered cornfields
and a sparkling forest of winter trees.
An old rusty plow and a wagon
were half buried in the snow outside our window..
It was a perfect Christmas.

We don’t even know the name of the town,
or which state it’s in.
And we haven’t been able to find it on any map.

We just think of it as our Christmas Town.
Maybe it’s in the twilight zone.

Jack Blanchard

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Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan…

Home Page: http://www.jackandmisty.net Awards: Grammy, Billboard, CMA, BMI, ASCAP. Mastering & restoration studio: 352-530-2068.  Email: jackandmisty@gmail.com.

© Jack Blanchard,© 2007, 2012.

WHISNews21 Wishes all who visit us Merry Christmas

WHISNews21 Wishes all who Visit Us a Merry Christmas

We wish you the very best for the Christmas Season. Remember that we will be praying for you all this Christmas for we need you all back in 2020, not even to talk about the years to come. Enjoy the Festive Season as best you can, responsibly. We are looking forward to spending 2020 with y’all. Make yourself happy, pursue your passions & be the best in what you do this Christmas Day. Take care if not for yourself, then for us. So remember to love, laugh and live completely today. Have a blessed Christmas and if you are away over the New Year have an awesome new year!!!!!  And May our God be with you each step of the way. With all our love and warm wishes.
God bless you ALL and thank you for being so good to us we feel so blessed for your friendship and support during 2019

Frans and Cathy Maritz

 

Jack Blanchard’s Column: A Winter Morning

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Jack Blanchard’s Column: A Winter Morning

By the time you read this it will not be current,
but I’m writing at the kitchen table on Christmas morning.
It’s a little chilly and the steam is swirling up from my coffee cup.
Carolers are singing softly and there are church bells.

I haven’t opened the curtains yet
but judging by the grayish light seeping through, it’s a winter day.
I haven’t heard any snow shovels, but it’s still early.
I think I’ll plug in the tree lights.

Even through the closed curtains
snow is visible in the corners of the windows.
Holly and candles add color to the room
and the silhouette of a Christmas wreath
can be seen at the front window.

As little as a couple of inches of overnight snowfall
can blow into deep white drifts,
so I feel around under the bed for my high top boots.
The ones with the knife pocket.

And I’d better get out my blue flannel shirt.
The checkered one.
That always feels good and warm on a winter’s morning
when the snow is squeaky cold.
We’d better hurry.
We’re due at Alan and Vivian’s house for Christmas dinner.

Funny, I can’t seem to find my high-tops,
or the flannel shirt,
or even my sheepskin mittens and earmuffs.
Grandma probably put them away somewhere.
I’ll ask her.

No, that’s right, I can’t ask her.
She’s not here. She’s been gone a long time.
Sometimes, especially at Christmas, I forget that.

I wonder what ever happened to those old winter clothes of mine.
Seems like I had ’em just the other day.
Or was it 20 years ago?

Got to go now, we’re late for dinner.
Don’t forget to turn off the tree lights and the air conditioner.
And, oh yes, the stereo Christmas music.

As I step out the door, Christmas presents under each arm,
the white glare makes my eyes water.
It could be snow. It really could!
But I feel the coral rock under my feet
as I step down from our motor home
and I hear the waves slapping against the shore a few feet to my left.

I wonder if they’re having snow up home.

Jack Blanchard

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Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan…

Home Page: http://www.jackandmisty.net Awards: Grammy, Billboard, CMA, BMI, ASCAP. Mastering & restoration studio: 352-530-2068.  Email: jackandmisty@gmail.com.

© Jack Blanchard,© 2007, 2012.

Larry’s Christmas special airs tonight & Christmas Day

Larry M Clark’s Christmas Special Airs Worldwide Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

Radio Stations Welcome To Download Larry’ Christmas Day Special Free link below

The Old Chief, as Larry M Clark is affectionately referred to, is a retired Navy Chief, a disabled Vietnam Vet, Hall Of Fame Member, Gold and Platinum recording artist, a Country Singer, BMI songwriter, Husband, Father, Grand Father and friend hosts his own AirplayExpress Christmas special tonght.

Larry has lived a remarkable life spending most all of his youth in the military. Being retired now, Larry has concentrated on his songwriting and singing skills to keep his mind busy while enjoying the benefits of being a Retired Navy Man.  Larry lives everyday to the full taking full advantage of every day, every hour and every minute.

This Christmas special features Larry and his Christmas songs. Larry also wrote all but one or two of the songs he performs on this special. All the songs are introduced by Larry himself and gives us a short backstory about each and everyone of his Christmas tunes.

The following radio stations have confirmed a date and time to air Larry’s Veterans Christmas Special this week.

WCTR Wildhorse Christmas Time Radio at 1pm (13:00) Christmas Day Nashville Time,  and 9pm (21:00) South African time. The show will also repeat at the following times: 3pm (15:00) and 5pm (23:00) also on Christmas Day.

Z Country Radio United States Scheduled for Christmas Eve on Z Country Radio at 7pm (19:00) EST Eastern Time. MGZC Media Radio Network.

According to the downloads at AirplayExpress there more than two dozen radio station showing up that they downloaded Larry’s Christmas Special. However only the above have confirmed a time and date for airplay. So don’t be surprised if you are tuned into your local radio station and hear Larry’s Christmas show on their airwaves. To download the Free Christmas Special click this link https://www.airplayexpress.com/radio-shows-larry-m-clark-2019-christmas-special/

Hope y’all enjoy the Christmas Special from Larry M Clark

 

 

Jack Blanchard’s Column: Merry Christmas Anyway

Jack Blanchard’s Column: Merry Christmas Anyway

Merry Christmas all you Christians, Jews, Muslims, atheists, rich, poor,
and let’s not leave out the fringe weirdos.
Merry Christmas I say,
to all humans, dogs, cats, and miscellaneous living items.

Christmas has been my favorite holiday my whole life,
and I want to share it with you.
You don’t have to buy me anything.

Join me in toasting old Saint Nicholas,
if he will fit in our toaster. (Haha. I get jolly at Christmas.)

Cry with me at the ending of “It’s a Wonderful Life”.
Let’s boo and hiss together at Old Mr. Potter.
We’ll get sentimental listening to the Christmas carols at Walmart.
What time is Charlie Brown on?

Let’s all pray for snow even if we’re in Florida.

Enjoy new times with old friends.
If we don’t have any friends, let’s make some.
Find somebody who looks down in the dumps,
give them a big smile, and toss them a “Merry Christmas”.
If they just look at you funny and walk away, so what?
There are other people waiting to be annoyed with our Christmas glee.

Think about your home town, and try to recall the good times.
I think about Buffalo this time of year.
Not necessarily the real Buffalo, but the one that only I remember.
That’s where I got all my Christmas spirit to begin with,
shopping downtown… a lost art, and trimming the scotch pine
with people we loved more than we knew at the time.

I laugh and cry a lot as Christmas approaches.
I even cry at commercials.
I laugh easily at funny remarks, especially mine.
It’s embarrassing but I don’t much care.
Ten minutes after the joke has slipped into the past
I think about it and start laughing again.
Everybody tries not to notice,
and the more I try to stifle it, the more I laugh.
Tears come out of my eyes.
Christmas makes me weak.

So, whatever your religion or non-religion is, Merry Dang Christmas!
You don’t have to go to church if you don’t want to.
I probably won’t, but I might watch Midnight Mass on television,
and I’m not even Catholic.
It’s all part of the pageantry that is my holiday,
and I plan to eat too much, mellow out, and enjoy the feeling.

Call me on your holiday and I’ll join you,
but listen…
What I’m saying to you right now is this:
“Merry Christmas to all good people.”

Jack Blanchard

Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan…
Home Page: http://www.jackandmisty.net
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jackandmisty
Billboard Duet of the Year, Grammy and CMA Finalists. 

© Jack Blanchard, 2019.

WCTR Christmas Time Radio on air for You Christmas

ChristmasTimeRadioPromo01sWCTR Christmas Time Radio Broadcasting All Year Long

Wildhorse Entertainments Christmas Time Radio broadcast’s

24 hours a day 365 Days a Year for as long as Forever Is

Click Icon Above To Tune InSoon it will be Christmas Eve, followed by Christmas Day and then it’s over and everyone looks forward to a new year. Then without fail a few days later everyone starts packing Christmas away for the next year and carries on with their normal day-to-day routines, forgetting about the joy that Christmas brings to the world. That’s where WCTR Wildhorse Christmas Time Radio takes over with the compliments of AirplayExpress.

Christmas Time Radio wants to remember Christmas and wants to keep your Christmas wishes alive, by airing your Christmas wish year after year after year. We want to make sure that when you wish your wife husband, daughter, son, brother, sister, mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, grandson, granddaughter, sister or brother-in-law, friends, fans or even your favorite dog, cat or horse a Merry Christmas, that your wishes will play every Christmas for as long as forever is.

WCTR Wildhorse Christmas Time Radio add’s Christmas music from Independent artists featured on AirplayExpress with a small pinch of major artists,  short Christmas stories, poems and everything that is Christmas. Once we add anything, be it your music, your Christmas wishes, your stories we will never remove it from WCTR it will play randomly for as long as forever is. Once your wish or music is added you can be assured that with or without you for all the Christmas’ to come, your wish and your music will be broadcast worldwide on WCTR Wildhorse Christmas Time Radio.

All Christmas Wishes Are Free On WCTR Wildhorse Christmas Time Radio

We offer various special Christmas Jingles to all, most being free with the exception of the Worldwide Radio Promotions

Christmas Heroes #15 just one of our AE Radio Promotions

1. Add your personal Christmas wishes on WCTR to be aired for as long as forever is, you need to send an audio clip of your Christmas wish and we will master it for free and add it to our forever playlist, for future generations to listen too. So make your wish count you can mention everyone that you care for, if your wish is way too long we may have to edit it but will never do that unless we really have to.

2. Keep adding music and wishes on WCTR and keep WCTR on air 24 hours a day 365 days a year, so that whenever you feel you are missing Christmas too much you can tune in to WCTR Wildhorse Christmas Time Radio.

3. If you are an artist and want to add your Christmas song to WCTR  all you need to do to qualify is have one of your songs featured on our Christmas Heroes Radio Promotion compilations, and your song will be played for as long as forever is on WCTR. We guarantee that your song will play at least once a day 365 days year forever and will never be removed from the playlist.

4. We will forever respect the spirit of Christmas and what it stands for, and will also forever honor the Heroes who support WCTR Wildhorse Christms Time Radio.

We also post all new Christmas Releases on Facebook at this link  WCTR Wildhorse Christmas Time Radio we hope that you would go there and talk Christmas with all Christmas loving people. There may be more to mention here so during the course of my lifetime I will be adding more and more news and information to the WCTR articles on WHISNews21.

WCTR Wildhorse Christmas Time Radio Brought To You Forever and a day by Wildhorse Entertainment as a Free Promotion for all AirplayExpress Artists

 

Larry’s Christmas Special Air’s Worldwide This Week

Larry M Clark’s Christmas Special to Air Worldwide This Week

Radio Stations Welcome To Download Larry’ Christmas Day Special Free link below

The Old Chief, as Larry M Clark is affectionately referred to, is a retired Navy Chief, a disabled Vietnam Vet, Hall Of Fame Member, Gold and Platinum recording artist, a Country Singer, BMI songwriter, Husband, Father, Grand Father and friend hosts his own AirplayExpress Christmas special this week.

Larry has lived a remarkable life spending most all of his youth in the military. Being retired now, Larry has concentrated on his songwriting and singing skills to keep his mind busy while enjoying the benefits of being a Retired Navy Man.  Larry lives everyday to the full taking full advantage of every day, every hour and every minute.

This Christmas special features Larry and his Christmas songs. Larry also wrote all but one or two of the songs he performs on this special. All the songs are introduced by Larry himself and gives us a short backstory about each and everyone of his Christmas tunes.

The following radio stations have confirmed a date and time to air Larry’s Veterans Christmas Special this week.

WCTR Wildhorse Christmas Time Radio at 1pm (13:00) Christmas Day Nashville Time,  and 9pm (21:00) South African time. The show will also repeat at the following times: 3pm (15:00) and 5pm (23:00) also on Christmas Day.

Z Country Radio United States Scheduled for Christmas Eve on Z Country Radio at 7pm (19:00) EST Eastern Time. MGZC Media Radio Network.

According to the downloads at AirplayExpress there more than two dozen radio station showing up that they downloaded Larry’s Christmas Special. However only the above have confirmed a time and date for airplay. So don’t be surprised if you are tuned into your local radio station and hear Larry’s Christmas show on their airwaves. To download the Free Christmas Special click this link https://www.airplayexpress.com/radio-shows-larry-m-clark-2019-christmas-special/

Hope y’all enjoy the Christmas Special from Larry M Clark

 

 

Jack Blanchard’s Column: Pair of Christmas Shoes

jackcolumn2016A PAIR OF CHRISTMAS SHOES.

A long time ago Misty and I took a holiday season job in a Miami
department store in a poor neighborhood.
She was the photographer who snapped and sold the pictures of the
children on Santa’s lap. I was Santa.
The Santa suit and the whiskers were hot,
but it was an unforgettable experience.

Little poor kids would tell me their dreams,
which I knew could not come true for them, at least this year,
but they had faith in Santa,
and even a “maybe” from me made their eyes sparkle.
Somehow, I felt guilty.

One little boy asked me how come Santa Claus is white.
I told him I hoped he wouldn’t hold that against me,
and he assured me he wouldn’t.

There were always a few raggedy strays
wandering around the toy department,
giggling and touching all the magical things
that would soon belong to someone else.

Some of them laughed and pointed at me, but never came too close.
Others showed off to their pals by climbing right up on my lap,
as if they weren’t scared at all.

One little girl, dressed in filthy rags, was too small to climb up on my knee,
so I lifted her up. She weighed nothing.
I wondered if she was old enough to talk, as she just smiled at me.

Obviously, she was alone and uncared-for.
I asked her where her mommy and daddy were and she said, “Drunk”.
Then she confessed her love for me.

I asked her what she really wanted most for Christmas,
and she lisped, “New shoes”.
She wasn’t wearing any this winter.
“Merry Christmas! Ho-Ho -Ho”, I choked,
as she climbed down to be replaced by the next in line.

When business tapered off I searched the whole store for the little girl,
to buy her a pair of new shoes, but I was too late.
She had disappeared and I never saw her again,
except in my mind every Christmas.

Jack Blanchard

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Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan…

Home Page: http://www.jackandmisty.net Awards: Grammy, Billboard, CMA, BMI, ASCAP. Mastering & restoration studio: 352-530-2068.  Email: jackandmisty@gmail.com.

© Jack Blanchard, 2016.

Jack Blanchard’s Column: A Peculiar Talent

Jack Blanchard’s Column: A Peculiar Talent

One of my strange abilities is this:
I can stand or sit for long periods giving no indication of being alive.
It’s sort of a self-imposed coma.
I seem to use it when I’m thinking or bored.

When I was a department store Santa Claus
I tried not to cough or blink when anybody was around.
I knew they thought I was a life size Santa doll.
One lady had been browsing through the candy and toys at my feet.
When I moved a little she froze and stared at me for a long moment,
and then went back to looking at the toys.
I coughed and she did a fright dance.

Another time, in another department store,
I was waiting at the bottom of an escalator
for Misty to return from shopping upstairs.
I was bored, and drifted into one of my catatonic states.

I was wearing jeans, cowboy boots and hat, a denim shirt,
and a leather vest that was made for me at an Indian reservation,
on one of our western tours.

A lady was looking at some dresses on my right,
and happened to glance in my direction.
She casually came over and examined me.
I knew what was up and came back to reality, but I was afraid to move.

She reached out and felt the leather of my vest between her thumb and fingers.
I guess my eyes moved in response to her familiarity.
She seemed to go into shock and levitated a few inches straight up.
She put her hand over her heart like Fred Sanford having the big one,
and said, “Oh, my God! You’re alive! I’m SO sorry!”
I smiled and said, “No problem.”

I was beginning to enjoy these weird episodes.
Is that sick or what?
So, if you happen to come to my funeral, do me a favor…
Poke me a couple of times just to make sure.

Jack Blanchard

Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan…
Home Page: http://www.jackandmisty.net
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jackandmisty
Billboard Duet of the Year, Grammy and CMA Finalists. 

© Jack Blanchard, 2019.

Listen To 10 Perfect Country Christmas Party Songs

Listen To 10 Perfect Country Christmas Party Songs

Drinks, snacks, mistletoe and music … that’s pretty much all you need for a great Christmas party. Country stars have been providing the soundtrack to gatherings nationwide for decades, but if you’re a little lost on where to begin with songs to play at your Christmas party this year, we’ve put together this playlist of the 10 Best Christmas Party Songs.

Not all of these cuts are upbeat and merry; one or two might be best saved for the end of the night, when it’s just you and that special guest left amongst the candlelight, empty cups and dirty dishes. Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift and Garth Brooks each have a song included, and the top spot on our Christmas party songs list goes to a song we all know (though few can name the artist).

  • 10

    “Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy”

    Garth Brooks

    Garth Brooks is sure to get any Christmas party going with his sampling of Buck Owens’ Bakersfield sound. Brooks has sold over three million copies of the Beyond the Season album, one of two he put out during his career. This fast-paced country-rocker is perfect for a get together with adult friends, and just right to kick off this list of the Top 10 Christmas Party Songs.

  • 9

    “Winter Wonderland”

    Brooks and Dunn

    Brooks and Dunn‘s version of this classic is lively and spirited, perfect for your Christmas party. The slower, more poignant songs have their place during the holidays, but when it’s time to have fun, we want the thrills of Kix Brooks‘ guitar and Ronnie Dunn‘s vocals. “Winter Wonderland” can be found on the duo’s 2002 album It Won’t Be Christmas Without You.

  • 8

    “Jingle Bell Rock”

    Bobby Helms

    Dozens of artists — George Strait and Eddie Rabbit, to name two — have released their own recordings of this 1957 hit, but Helms’ original still stands alone as the most endearing version, earning him a spot on our 10 Best Christmas Party Songs list. Everyone knows the words, and after a few glasses of eggnog, revelers should be singing along together — for better or worse. “Jingle Bell Rock” was a Top 20 hit for Helms.

  • 7

    “Last Christmas”

    Taylor Swift

    While it’s nice to assume that everyone at your party will be crazy for country music, a few may enjoy hearing a pop cover. Taylor Swift‘s version of George Michael’s “Last Christmas” should more than suffice. It’s one of the best country Christmas songs since 2000; the EP it was featured on sold almost one million copies. The singer proves that even during a Christmas celebration, sadness and regret can sound sweet. In addition to making this list of the 10 Best Christmas Party Songs, “Last Christmas” was included on our list of the Top 10 Traditional Christmas Songs.

  • 6

    “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”

    Lady Antebellum

    Lady Antebellum were practically built to sing songs like this. The steamy interplay between Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott is messaged beautifully on “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” The No. 6 song on our list of 10 Best Christmas Party Songs is one you may want to save until it’s just you and that one special guest who seems to be lingering around a little longer than the rest. “I’ll just help you clean up?” Sure, we’ve heard that line before.

  • 5

    “Let It Be Christmas”

    Alan Jackson

    Alan Jackson‘s hit topped our list of the 10 Best Original Christmas Songs, and would rank higher on the list of the Top 10 Christmas Party Songs, but it falls more under the category of songs you want to play on Christmas morning with the family rather than a few nights before when there’s a line to stand under the mistletoe. Still, it’s one your country music loving friends and family will want to hear at your get together. Find this song on Jackson’s Let It Be Christmas album from 2002.

  • 4

    “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”

    Brenda Lee

    Brenda Lee was hardly a teenager when she recorded this song in the late ’50s. Even though more contemporary artists like Toby Keith and LeAnn Rimes have taken a turn at reinventing it, the original has persevered and earned a place on our Top 10 Christmas Party Songs list. Lee’s label originally released this song as a pop song, but country radio stations have since kidnapped it.

  • 3

    “Santa Baby”

    Kellie Pickler

    Kellie Pickler‘s addition to this list of the 10 Best Christmas Party songs is one for the women. It’s doubtful you’ll find a bunch of cowboys singing along to “Santa Baby” (unless they’ve had way too much spiced eggnog), but the ladies may want to do their best impression of Pickler’s recreation of this Eartha Kitt classic. The North Carolina born cutie isn’t a diva, but she sure acts like one on this song, and we love her for it.

  • 2

    “Run, Run Rudolph”

    Luke Bryan

    Run Run Rudolph

    Dozens of artists have covered this Chuck Berry original, but few have played “Run, Run Rudolph” with as much energy as Luke Bryan. He recorded this song in 2008, and it cracked the country Billboard charts. The singer stays true to the original, only allowing his Georgia twang to set his version apart from the others.

  • 1

    “All I Want for Christmas Is You”

    Vince Vance and the Valiants

    Vince Vance & The Valiants – All I Want For Christmas Is You

    This is the most played Christmas song on country radio, making it an easy choice for No. 1 on the Top 10 Christmas Party Songs list. But that’s not the only reason it’s here. It’s charted multiple times since its 1989 release. Lisa Layne (not Vince Vance) is the lead singer, and her straightforward rendition of the holiday love song makes it one people look forward to hearing. Perhaps it’s that few people have covered this version of the song that allows “All I Want for Christmas Is You” to remain so dear to Christmas revelers. Unlike traditional songs like “Jingle Bells” and “White Christmas,” we have no reason to grow tired of it.

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