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January 2, 2004

While the rest of us

Daniel Radosh

While the rest of us were wasailing, Francis Heaney continued blogging over Christmas and managed to record and post a new holiday song, I Saw Mommy Kissing Jesus Christ. You'll remember Francis as my collaborator on God's Company, the Three's Company theme song as sung by Johnny Cash. This is much better.

While Francis seems to think he's going to hell for his work, there's a proud tradition of spirituals that sound almost creepily like love songs, which is why so many gospel songs have been easily transformedinto romantic ballads.

Indeed, on the Johnny Cash Unearthed box set, which Gina gave me for Hanukkah, there's a version of When He Reached Down that's not all that different in tone from (the title at least) of I Saw Mommy Kissing Jesus Christ -- or, more precisely, from the Magnetic Fields' Kiss Me Like You Mean It.

(Speaking of which, Francis, here's that alternately interesting and irritating Rick Moody article about 69 Love Songs that I was telling you about a while ago.)

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