Thursday, December 11, 2008
This is a picture of my friend Jeff Fox (of Jeffco Productions - We're Fun People™). I discovered his website in 2001 while looking for Weird Al Yankovic Christmas Greetings.
Jeff was the first Christmas music enthusiast who got what I did and we've been close friends ever since. He has helped me along the way by providing assistance with artwork, technical problems, pointing out Christmas music I never knew existed, and sending me an annual Christmas package loaded down with music, DVDs, and anything else he can think of.
I first reviewed one of his podcasts back in 2006 and have frequently made mention of his stellar lines of comps called "Christmas Wishes" and "Christmas Turkeys" - a classic mix of Jeff's love of Christmas music (both good and bad) and his expertise in graphic design:
In recent years, Jeff has been a participant in the sharity network with a definite advantage over the rest of us. At present, it's legal to preserve LPs much in the manner that we do in Canada - the government's copyright laws actually understand the term "fair use".
For several years now, the Canadian copyright issue has become contentious and sadly political. The climate could change at a moment's notice.
Therefore, you should probably head over to Jeff's Christmas download site to check out the amazing selection of Christmas albums he has to offer - old favorites (Sy Mann's "Switched On Santa") and rare Canadian Christmas albums (several of which I reviewed here and here and here and there and over there).
One final legal matter. I mentioned this to Jeff privately a long time ago and publicly on my 2004 Christmas comp that he helped me with. And after searching this blog for the same statement and not finding it, I wanted to get this on record:
My friendship with Jeff Fox has been one of the true highlights of my life.
If I were to die tomorrow, I will and bequeath my entire Christmas collection (albums, CDs, 78s, DVDs, vintage Christmas ads) to Jeffco Productions and hereby direct that Jeff Fox (and his heirs in perpetuity) be appointed curator of said materials.
If a hit man shows up at my door, will he hit me with a Canadian club? Oooooooo, that's terrible.