Song of the Day: “Merry Christmas Baby”


Merry Christmas baby
You sure do treat me nice

Soul icon Otis Redding’s short career was remarkably prolific. The highlights from his electrifying catalog are varied and buoyant, even in an area of pop music that has traditionally suffered from corniness. “Feelin mighty fine girl/ Got music on my radio,” Redding cries on possibly the funkiest Christmas song we have ever heard.

Read more of Max Gray at Big City Sasquatch or follow him on Twitter @City_Sasquatch. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Encounters, Mount Hope, Conte,, and English Kills Review. He co-hosts the etymology podcast Words For Dinner and is a graduate of the Rutgers-Newark MFA program. More from this author →