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Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71 Yuri Temirkanov
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DECK THE HALLS WITH BOUGHS OF FUNKY BASS CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE

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Jingle Bells Jimmy Smith
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No, Not Now Hank Williams
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Rye Whiskey Martin Simpson
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Computers May Someday Beat Chefs At Creating Flavors We Crave

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Dreaming Tennis
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Paper Scissors Stone Portico Quartet
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Fact Checking 'Argo': A Great Escape That Takes Some Leaps

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Feliz Navidad Los Straitjackets
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