Friday, December 12, 2014

Feliz Navidad

Feliz Navidad (1970)

1. "Feliz Navidad" is Spanish for "Merry Christmas." Can you wish us happy holidays in a language other than English or Spanish?

Gelukkig kerstfeest (Dutch)
Frohe Weihnachten (German)

2. According to ASCAP (the American Association of Composers, Authors and Publishers), this is one of the 20 most played holiday songs of the last 10 years. What's the most recent carol that you heard?

Oh Holy Night...

3. Which Christmas song do you hope you never hear again?

I don't like some of the modern ones. They just sound the same as all the other songs of the year.

4. This week's featured artist, Jose Feliciano, was honored to perform this song at the tree lighting ceremony at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. If you were to win a trip to our nation's capital, which sites would you visit?

Don't know.
I don't think I'll ever win a trip to Washington.

5. As a very young child, Jose taught himself to play the accordion. If you could suddenly, easily learn to play any instrument, which would you choose?

I play many musical instruments, so it would be steel drums. Never done that and I would love to learn.

6. Jose says that hearing early 1950s rock on the radio made him want to become a singer. What's your favorite music genre?

Hmmm, I like a lot of music, from rock and roll to jazz to ethnic traditional.
Right now I like christmas carols and scottish traditionals best, they fit in with the feel of the time.

7. At 17, Jose had to drop out of school to help support his family. Too young to enter bars, he played guitar in coffee houses for tips. Have you ever worked a job where you regularly received gratuities?

No, alas!

8. Jose and wife Susan have been together for more than 40 years. Who is the happiest married couple you know?

They've now both died, but the hungarian parents of a friend were the best couple I've met.

9. Jose wrote and performed the theme of the 1970s show, Chico and the Man. What's your current favorite TV show?

As The World Turns, Holby, Casualty, Miranda.

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