Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
EVERY DAY FROM NOVEMBER 30-DECEMBER 24, I AM HIGHLIGHTING A CHRISTMAS SONG AND THE STORY BEHIND IT. PLEASE ENJOY AND MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Ask anyone their favorite Christmas song, and they’ll probably mention a dusty oldie recorded decades ago.
Is there a modern Christmas classic?
How about, “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” by Mariah Carey.
Certainly you’ve heard of her.
Sasha Frere-Jones wrote this in the New Yorker on April 3, 2006:
“She (Carey) co-wrote one of the few worthy modern additions to the holiday canon, the charming “All I Want for Christmas Is You” (from “Merry Christmas,” of 1994, which also happens to be the best-selling Christmas album of all time).”
Roch Parisien of the All Music Guide wrote, “Mariah Carey's co-penned "All I Want for Christmas Is You" is a well-crafted Phil Spector tribute, with Beach Boys-style harmonies, jangling bells, and sleigh-ride pace…”
But Rachel Beckman of the Washington Post wrote that Carey’s colossal Christmas tune is the “best ever.”
It's a holiday tune full of pure joy
It hasn't been around as long as, say, 'Joy to the World,' but Mariah Carey's 'All I Want' strikes an ecumenical chord even today.
By Rachel Beckman
December 4, 2007
It isn't December until Mariah Carey puts on her bright-red knit hat, zips up her white boots and kicks around in the fakest-looking snow ever with Santa Claus.
Is the scene familiar? It's from Mariah's music video for her 1994 holiday hit, "All I Want for Christmas Is You," the best Christmas song ever. Lots of people apparently share my love of this song: It was the 21st most-downloaded song on iTunes last weekend. Pretty impressive for a 13-year-old pop tune.
I first heard it while sitting in the basement of my Portland, Ore., home, watching MTV with my younger sister Heather. I was 12.
It starts with dramatic piano music, tinged with the sound of festive bells. Mariah drags out each syllable for maximum theatrics: "I don't want a lot for Christmas / There is just one thing I need."
About 50 seconds in, the chorus peps up, the piano goes nuts, a gospel choir claps and harmonizes with Mariah. My little *** heart couldn't soak in all the joy emanating from the television screen, so Heather and I danced.
We jumped around the basement, twisting our hips and squealing with delight. We tried and failed to hit Mariah's glass-shattering last note. "All I want for Christmas is YOU!"
Read the entire article.
Here’s the yummy Mariah Carey in an outfit that could melt an iceberg, singing this contemporary Christmas classic to open a recent Christmas Day parade ABC-TV special from Walt Disney World.
Incidentally, Carey returns to the Walt Disney World parade to be aired this Christmas Day. It was taped earlier this month. I must say I prefer her outfit in the above video. But I understand.
In this handout photo provided by Disney, Grammy Award-winning singer Mariah Carey performs while taping the "Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade" TV special at the Magic Kingdom on December 3, 2010 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Carey sings two songs -- "Oh Santa" and "All I Want For Christmas is You" -- in the annual holiday telecast that airs Dec. 25, 2010 on ABC-TV. (Photo by Mark Ashman/Disney via Getty Images)
We must report that the 41-year old Carey is pregnant, expecting this spring.
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