After more than 30 years in radio I am always looking for that one new Christmas song that will stick out of the pack each year.  I play hundreds of Christmas songs from Thanksgiving to December 25 each year.  I really enjoy most of them and each year I look for one special one that sticks out.  last year I remember it was "Mary Did You Know" by the a'capella group Pentatonix.

But this year my search for that new favorite has stretched well into two weeks after Thanksgiving.  But I found it!  This morning, by mistake.

A listener emailed me with a song request.  She wanted to hear "Hard Candy Christmas" by Dolly Parton. She recorded it for the 1982 film The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.   Really a wonderful song.

So I went to my "music source" and loaded the song to play on the air.  Little did I know that several other artists have recorded "Hard Candy Christmas" over the years.  I loaded one of those by mistake, not the Dolly Parton version.

As the song played through my headphones I thought, "gee, that isn't Dolly."  I turned it up.  Way up.  I could feel the hair on the back of my neck start to stand up as I listened to what I think is a remarkable duet on this cover version.  Cyndi Lauper, no shrinking violet when it comes to a vocal performance, teams up with country/bluegrass virtuoso Alison Krauss on this version of the classic.  It is outstanding. 

And, I just found my new favorite 2018 Chirstmas song of the year.  I hope you enjoy it.