SUPER EXCITED TO SEE THIS FABULOUS LADY ROCKIN THE HOLIDAYS TONIGHT AT THE CABOT. The show is nearly sold out, except for a few single seats scattered throughout the theatre.
Despite the somewhat sad lyrics, Darlene however, calls “Baby Please Come Home” “a joyful song.” She said in a New York Times interview: “When I’m singing it, I’m telling everybody to come home to their loved ones. I’m inviting families to get back together again. This is the time to do it.” That’s my takeaway too from the song when she is singing. I imagine most people share those thoughts and is why “Baby Please Come Home” is considered one of the greatest rock and roll Christmas songs of all time.
Darlene Love and Phil Spector
“Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” by the One Woman Wall of Sound Darlene Love
This video includes a few snapshots of Darlene Love recording at Gold Star Studios.
Darlene Love performed “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”on the David Letterman Show Friday night and she brought the house down. She has performed this song on Letterman for over 25 years, beginning when he was on NBC and following him to CBS.
While looking for a video for Darlene Love’s “Christmas,” I came across this article (see below for link) where she shares stories of life’s lessons, finding her words of wisdom relevant during this season of forgiveness. It is widely known how badly Darlene Love was treated, both financially and artistically, by Phil Spector and she is no longer angry. “For one thing, as she pointed out, these aren’t fresh incidents: “I had a lot of years to get un-angry,” she says. But it’s also something of a matter of principle. “I have no reason to hate him,” she says, “and I never did, because I always found that hate makes you ugly. Makes you have wrinkles. Which I don’t have.” Here, she laughed. “But you know what? That has a whole lot to do with your insides. When you hate people, it not only makes you hate that person, it gives that vibe off for everything around you. I really do believe that. So I really did try hard not to dislike him and always be the good guy, and say what I say about him and nothing bad. ‘Cause it doesn’t help.”
The article was written by Linda Holmes for NPR in 2011 when it began airing its series Women Who Rock, which was originally inspired by an exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall
Darlene Love on Phil Spector, Christmas, and How Hate Gives You Wrinkles
Darlene Love performing River Deep Mountain High on the David Letterman Show, 2007.