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All I Want for Christmas Is Another ‘Grandma’

Dec. 18, 2018, 1:36 PM

I wish I had an autographed photo of Irving Berlin for every time I’ve been asked, “My nephew (parole officer/cosmetologist/ exorcist) has written a really good song—how can he/she turn it into a hit?”

I always respond: “Do you think if I knew the answer to that question, I’d still be a one-hit wonder after 30 years?”

No carefully followed blueprint could ever replicate the serendipitous evolution of “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” from exercise in parody to platinum record to cottage industry.

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