The Kinks earned their place in Rock History on the basis of “You Really Got Me”, “All Day & All Of The Night”, and “Where Have All The Good Times Gone” alone.  But it didn’t take long for Ray Davies to stretch out beyond riff-driven, teenage anthems to write songs that could only have come from his imagination.  “Autumn Almanac” is one of the first Kinks songs to show Davies reaching for a whole new level of songwriting–  both musically and his interest in writing about characters, which would become the focus of his songwriting over the ensuing years.

“Autumn Almanac” (Ray Davies) Copyright 1967 Davray Music Ltd. Carlin Music Corp.

On this special Bonus podcast, I thought I’d put together a short little episode and play a favorite holiday song. It’ll be a new “I’m In Love With That Song Podcast” tradition! So let’s start with a great track from The Kinks. Happy Holidays, everyone! 

“Father Christmas” (Ray Davies) Copyright 1977 Davray Music Limited, Sony/ATV Music Publishing