Welcome, one and all!  The day you’ve been dreading waiting for all year has finally arrived!  It’s time to begin The 25 Days of Mellowmas!

If you’re new to this time-honored tradition, or if you’ve just psychologically blocked it out of your head from last year (smart move), here’s how it works: every day, from now until Christmas, swing on by to listen to some of the lamest Christmas music ever released.  The two of us will gift you with a track per day (sometimes two, you lucky people!), along with brilliant commentary about the crap we’re presenting.  We invite you to listen along with us, and join us for further “analysis” in the comments section!  You can read past Mellowmas entries over at Jason’s site.

So this year, we thought: what can we do to make Mellowmas even better (worse) and brighter (darker) than the past two years?

How about a Mellowmas Theme?

And how about we ask one of our favorite Mellow Gold artists to get involved?

And how about if said Mellow Gold artist actually takes our stupid idea seriously and writes and records the most awesome Mellowmas song in the entire world?

Jeff had the fantastic idea of contacting none other than the brilliant Alan O’Day.  Remember Alan?  Alan is the man behind the #1 hit “Undercover Angel.”  He’s also the man behind “Angie Baby,” a hit for Helen Reddy, and “Rock and Roll Heaven,” made famous by the Righteous Brothers.  He also wrote the Muppet Babies theme, which is now in your head (but not for long, as you’ll soon see).  But perhaps the most important thing to happen in his career — and we’re sure he would agree — was when he became the subject of Adventures Through the Mines of Mellow Gold 17, where Jason wrote the following phrase:

Oh my God, this is the most horrible thing I€™ve heard since Mellowmas.

Mr. O’Day stumbled upon the Mellow Gold post and actually found it amusing, which is not surprising when you check out his website and hear some of the songs he’s recorded.  In fact, he’s got a brand new album out, entitled I Hear Voices, which has it all — bluesy rock (“Rock and Roll Shoes”), inspirational pop ballads (“Guide Me”), and songs that are indicative of his finely-tuned (read: sick) sense of humor, like “Your Song Sucks.”  You can buy the CD here, or purchase it digitally here, and find out for yourself exactly what kind of great music what we’re talking about.  One thing is certain: the man doesn’t take himself too seriously.

Jason, with a certain amount of trepidation, contacted Alan via e-mail with the idea.  Alan, shocking the hell out of us all, responded nearly instantly with great interest.  A few phone calls and e-mails later, and Alan was off.  Lyrics, demo and finished track, all within a few days.  What a guy!  And this, everyone, is the story of why we didn’t call Benny Mardones.

Enough with all this talk.  You want to hear the Mellowmas Theme, don’t you?  It’s time.  Enjoy it, download it, share it with your friends.  But one thing is certain: it’s going to be in your head today.  And perhaps tomorrow.  You’ll be singing this chorus all season long.  Yes, by Christmas, you’ll be dreaming of the three of us driving off a cliff together, but you can’t deny that it’s one of the catchiest holiday tunes in recent years — and that it’s perfect for this terrible holiday we’ve invented.  Without further ado, the world premiere of:

Alan O’Day — Have a Very Mellowmas (Theme From Mellowmas) (download)

You love it, right?  You should.  Because it’s frickin’ awesome.

But that’s not all.

We weren’t content with just featuring this song for download.  As usual, we just have to push things one step further.  And so, thanks to Popdose writers Terje Fjelde and Ted Asregadoo, we present:

Happy Mellowmas, everybody!  See you tomorrow!