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Bustin' Out Blue playlist for 12/26/2008

ArtistTitleAlbum (* = New Release)Label
Junior WellsLittle By LittleLive At Theresa'sDelmark
Michael FalzaranoCandy ManWe Are All One*Woodstock Records
Dave Nelson BandLong Gone SamVisions Under the MoonHigh Adventures Records
Bob DylanRainy Day Women #12 & 35Blonde On BlondeColumbia
Gram ParsonsReturn of the Grevious AngelGrevious AngelReprise
Elvis PresleyGentle On My MindFrom Elvis In MemphisRCA
Dave Nelson BandNo SouvinirsVisions Under the MoonHigh Adventures Records
Flying Burrito BrothersTruck Drivin' ManHot Burritos
Flying Burrito BrothersWhite Line FeverHot BurritosReprise
Dave Nelson BandFable of a Chosen OneVisions Under the MoonHigh Adventures Records
Bob DylanPledging My TimeBlonde on BlondeColumbia
Michael FalzaranoWe Are All OneWe Are All One*Woodstock Records
Dave Nelson BandRoad to ArmageddonVisions Under the MoonHigh Adventures Records
Bob DylanVisions of JohannaBlonde On BlondeColumbia
Big Brother & The Holding CompanyCombination of the TwoGonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S Thompson*Legacy
Hunter ThompsonThe EdgeGonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S Thompson*Legacy
Jefferson AirplaneIt's No SecretGonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S Thompson*Legacy
Hunter ThompsonMy Name is Hunter ThompsonGonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S Thompson*Legacy
James BookerGonzoGonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S Thompson*Legacy
Dave Nelson BandAbsolutely Sweet MarieVisions Under the MoonHigh Adventures Records
Flying Burrito BrothersChristine's TuneReprise
Creedence Clearwater RevivalLong As I Can See the LightGonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S Thompson*Legacy
Bob DylanOne of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)Blonde On BlondeColumbia
Sonny Boy WilliamsonHelp MeGonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S Thompson*Legacy
Elvis PresleySuspicious MindsFrom Elvis In MemphisRCA
Elvis PresleyWearing That Loved On LookFrom Elvis In MemphisRCA
Elvis PresleyLong Black LimousineFrom Elvis In MemphisRCA
Dave Nelson BandSnakebitVisions Under the MoonLegacy
Grateful DeadSpaceLive at Alpine Valley Music Theatre on 1982-08-08
Grateful DeadThe Other OneLive at Alpine Valley Music Theatre on 1982-08-08

All modern religons have some version of the pagan observance of the solstice.

Solstice science: Why winter starts Dec. 21

While snow marks the beginning of winter for many people, the first official day of winter is Sunday, Dec. 21, known as the December solstice.

It's a point in time that marks a transition in our planet's annual trip around the sun.

The sun comes up each day because Earth rotates once on its axis every 24 hours or so. Seasons, and the arrival of the solstice, are a result of Earth being tilted 23.5 degrees on its spin axis coupled with the planet's 365-day orbit around the sun.

Imagine Earth as an apple sitting on one side of a table, with the stem being the North Pole. Tilt the apple 23.5 degrees so the stem points toward a candle (the sun) at the center of the table. That's summer for the top half of the apple.

Keep the stem pointing in the same direction but move the apple to the other side of the table: Now the stem points away from the candle, and it's winter on the top half of the fruit. The very top of the apple, representing the north polar region, is in total darkness 24 hours a day.

At winter solstice, the sun arcs low across the Northern Hemisphere sky for those of us below the Arctic Circle, and the stretch of daylight is at its shortest. At the June solstice, the sun gets as high in our sky as it can go, yielding the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

As long ago as the fourth century B.C., ancient peoples in the Americas understood enough of this that they could create giant calendars driven by sunlight. They built observatories of stone to mark the solstices and other times important for planting or harvesting crops. Shrines and even tombs were also designed with the sun in mind.