Yes Virginia, your teacher's a dumbass. I really wanted to find more on this story, (as in what possesses someone besides Maureen O'Hara's jaded mom in Miracle on 34th Street to tell a six-year old there's no Santa,) but I couldn't.
I realized that the reason I haven't had the news on is that I seem to have swung back to the music craving of my personality. Apple's iTunes loves me when I go through this phase. So I shall pass on some rec's:
1) I am in love, love, love with the new Goo Goo Dolls song "Better Days". It plays when you open the link to their site. It’s apparently part of a holiday compilation put out by NBC of all people. I shall have to get it.
2) Herbie Hancock has released a new CD: Possibilities, where he collaborates with some very well known artists that he has never worked with before, including Paul Simon, Annie Lennox, Joss Stone, and Christina Aguilera. Let me tell you something, even knowing how great a jazz musician Hancock is, this album blew me away. I bought it because I really enjoyed the single they released with John Mayer, "Stitched Up" but every track is outstanding. When you listen to it, the music just meanders about, taking you everywhere from Lennox's haunting vocals on "Hush, Hush, Hush", to Johnny Lang and Joss Stone smokin' so hot on "When Love Comes to Town" that B.B. King would be impressed. Seriously, one of the best of the year. Hmmm… maybe I should do a G's top 5 or 10 CD's of the year like the reviewers do. Oh, my beloved NPR did a feature on this as well.
3) That said, the other disc I downloaded recently is the "Gray's Anatomy" soundtrack. I love—and I think much of the "hip" demographic does as well, how much pop music has been tied into the television shows we follow. This show has brought it to the forefront like no other yet. Their website features an updated track listing for each episode, and some words from Alexandra Patsavas, the show's Music Supervisor.