I have a confession to make.

I like Kenny G’s holiday music.

Yep, you heard correctly: I am complimenting Kenneth Gorelick.

No, really. It’s a funny thing; while I will not listen to his originals for a moment, I find that his Christmas stuff is amazing. I didn’t pay much attention to him until The Millennium Mix version of Auld Lang Syne, which made me drop everything and just listen. To pepper a well-known classic with snippets of history is an excellent approach, and especially for history buffs like myself. Also, since I’ve grown up with the impression of New Year’s Eve being a time to reflect and make improvements on the year ahead, it puts reminiscence into a whole new perspective when a song for that time opens with Thomas Edison’s voice.

But his non-Christmas stuff…I hold by what I said many a time to many a person. Sap Meter alert. The needle is permanently stuck at 10, in the red zone of the meter, for Mr. G. Until he brings some funk to the stage, that will not rescind itself, and is compounded by the Tomato Test. As in, if I want to throw a tomato at someone’s head, ask a twofold question: what did that person do to earn it, and how fresh is the tomato.

(The Sap Meter is a bit of an inside joke. Will write about it later)