It's Christmastime With Dr. Barry Lyons
November 26, 2013 at 3:46 AM (PT)
Yes, many decorations are up, many stores are running holiday sales -- and yes, many stations have already flipped to all CHRISTMAS music -- but is it really the most wonderful time of the year until BARRY LYONS releases his holiday tunes?
RENT-A-LABEL's LYONS shares, "Time to mark another notch on your honorary (or real) guitar, folks -- we've made it through another year and the holidays are once again upon us. And that means, it's once again for the return of one of the music industry's long-running traditions -- DR. LYONS Hi-Fi Holiday! This started all the way back in 1985, in CHICAGO, when I used a new-fangled (at the time) SONY hi-speed dual cassette dubbing deck to make cassettes of some of my favorite CHRISTMAS music for around 30 or 40 friends and colleagues in the CHICAGO area."
LYONS continues, "In 1986 we added a cover and had a couple hundred professionally duplicated. When I joined IRS RECORDS in 1987 we added artwork (in most years, designed by GRAMMY award-winning designer HUGH BROWN), and soon went to a double-cassette package. Cassettes lasted lasted through 1999, finally replaced by a compact disc in 2000. In 2002 we took a four-year break -- the idea of e-mailing songs was something I'd been doing since 1996, but it didn't really achieve true critical mass until 2005, or somewhere around there. So it returned in 2006 -- this time in the form of a daily email with a song attached."
"Oh, before I forget," wraps up LYONS, "We also do a separate list for the eight songs of CHANUKAH. If you'd like to be on that list as well, we're 'Chappy' to 'Chave' you! Just let me know!"
Reach out to Dr. LYONS at (310) 399-4440 or firstname.lastname@example.org.