Xmas Music Rocks aka #77 Show Us your B-side.

Half Baked Dudes
I’m not one for pushing Xmas over the November border, in fact I rarely start shopping until Dec 22. However the combination of media prattling on about the consumerism of Christmas and ers‘ recent holiday toonage post got me thinking about my own love of holiday toonage.

Yes, I admit it, I LOVE the Xmas Music.  I sing along in stores. I use to join in on the group carol sing every morning in high school (when PC still was a political party).  I tune into the Xmas radio station all of December and I dance around to it baking cookies and singing at the top of my lungs.

So when I read Kate’s post about her favourite holiday tune, I realized I’ve always wanted to compile a playlist filled with my favourites.

I’d start with:

  • Snow Covered
    Good King Wenchlessness (sp!)
  • Santa Baby (Eartha Kit not Madonna)
  • Beuford’s
    getting nothing for Xmas cuz Beuford’s been nothing but bad (modified
    after Beuford the dog killed & ate the Xmas turkey)
  • Kermit’s One More Sleep ’til Xmas
  • Dreidle-dreidle-dreidle
  • Let It Snow
  • It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
  • Winter Wonderland
  • The Holly & The Ivy
  • Please Come Home for Xmas
  • I’ll Have a Blue Xmas Without You
  • I’m Only Getting Half Of What I Oughta ‘Cause My Birthday Comes on Christmas
  • and my new favourite: A Christmas Without Weed – Shawn Colvin

Of course, one tune that will never, ever, ever, be on my playlist is the one about the kid
who tries to buy shoes for his dying mom. You know the one, it starts
out as just a sappy country tune but it progresses to something that
will wrench tears from the hardest of hearts. And not in a good way.

That song is like crack for Christmas addicts. Thank goodness I’ll never be one of those.  Now, where did I put my Frosty-The-Snow-Sweater?

Help me build the definitive Holiday Toonage List — tell me your favourite Xmas/Holiday tunes.

10 thoughts on “Xmas Music Rocks aka #77 Show Us your B-side.

  • November 24, 2006 at 12:15 pm
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    In the Muppet’s Christmas Carol they sing a fantastic tune while dancing around the streets of London on Christmas Eve that is, hands down, my favorite Christmas tune ever.
     
    Wherever you may go, it feels like Christmas!
     
    My second favorite song is song by none other than Hanson.  Yes, it’s true, the blonde-haired, blue-eyed brothers from Tulsa who Mmm-Bopped their way into my 14 year old heart put out a Christmas Album that is my all time favorite Christmas album.  The song “At Christmas” is delicious and gets the magic of Christmas bang on.
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  • November 24, 2006 at 12:17 pm
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    My ab-fav is The Christians and the Pagans by Dar Williams. A couple lesbian pagans go visit relatives. Truly definitive of the Christmas spirit, and I’m not being sarcastic. Will look for a link later when I have a minute……

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  • November 24, 2006 at 8:10 pm
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    The Christmas Waltz — Frank Sinatra

    Merry Christmas Baby — Lou Rawls

    White Christmas and Mele Kalikimaka — Bing Crosby

    Cool Yule — Louis Armstrong

    Let It Snow! — Ella Fitzgerald

    The Man with the Bag — Kay Starr

    As you can see, I dig the old school schtuff.  What is it about Christmas songs?  I don’t even celebrate Christmas  but I can’t resist the ol’ crooners — maybe it’s because they go so well with those merry martinis.

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  • November 24, 2006 at 8:34 pm
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    aargh! The Christmas Shoes song! One year at work, we tuned into the station that played all Christmas songs all the time for the month of December. Just over halfway  through, I had to change the station cuz of that doggone shoe song!  Then they made a bloody movie out of it! I like most Christmas music but that song is just wretched!

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  • November 25, 2006 at 12:12 pm
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    K, I can’t find a link to the song specifically, so here’s some of the lyrics:

    The food was great, the tree plugged in, the meal went by without a hitch,

    Then Timmy turned to Amber and said “Is it true that you’re a witch?”

    Her aunt jumped up and said “The pies are burning!” and she hit the kitchen,

    But it was Jane who spoke, she said “It’s true your cousin’s not a Christian,

    But we love trees, we love the snow, the friends we have, the world we share,

    And you find magic in your God, and we find magic everywhere.”

    So the Christians and the Pagans sat together at the table,

    Find faith and common ground the best that they were able.

    Where does magic come from, I think magic in the learning,

    Cuz now when Christians sit with Pagans, only pumpkin pies are burning.

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  • November 25, 2006 at 1:24 pm
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    [this is good] Okay, I gotta say, that sounds like the best Xmas song EVER!

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  • November 25, 2006 at 4:02 pm
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    It’s a pre chain reaction, I just posted my first hoiday theme comment then come to your blog and there is a Holiday theme idea, spooky. I too usually wait until December to even mention Christmas.After I get over the shock I will try to post something else.

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  • November 25, 2006 at 5:13 pm
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    I agree with Lex, I want to hear that song, margotinto!!

    [warning … ravings from music geek to follow … ]

    I’m a Christmas music nerd, by which I mean that I’ve sung in choirs since I was little and without a little choral music, the season just doesn’t schmeck, if you know what I mean.

    Really fine arrangements, beautifully executed, of Silent Night, Lo, How A Rose, and In the Bleak Midwinter, will leave me glassy-eyed every time.  A few years ago, my choir did a jazz version of Cool Yule, which someone mentioned a few posts ago. That was fun.

    I’ve uploaded the following to a collection I’ve started. Jabula Jesu is a catchy little number with both English and Zulu lyrics. Way too much fun to sing if you get it right … a nightmare if you blow it. The version I found online is performed by a community choir in Pennsylvannia and I think they can be very proud of themselves. I especially like how they didn’t let the crying baby in the audience distract them. Nicely done! ” … wake up in the moonlight singing! … heaven is a-waiting for you … “

    O Magnum Mysterium is one of those serious “for choral nutbars only” pieces. I love it but I think it probably has a limited fan base. Beautiful “crunchy” discordant harmonies that resolve like buttah.

    Al Shlo Sha, sung in Hebrew, is a setting of a popular maxim from Jewish morality laws, translated to mean: “The
    world is sustained by three things, by truth, by justice, and by peace.” OK – not “Christmas”, strictly speaking … this is a version sung by a children’s choir.

    Ave Maria (Franz Biebl arrangement) is a “modern” setting of the traditional latin words.  Again,  strictly speaking, I don’t think this is a Christmas piece. It just has that feel to it. Listening to this piece can totally stop me in my tracks. It is so damn beautiful.

    Still, Still Still is a German carol written in the same style as Silent Night but less well known in North America. The English version I have uploaded is very nice, but it isn’t my favourite. Mannheim Steamroller did a wonderful version of this that I will try to find. Of all my Christmas children, this one has to be near the top … but as with children, it hardly seems fair to try to name a favourite, does it?

    Thanks for asking / inspiring, Lex … 🙂

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  • November 28, 2006 at 9:01 am
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    I have to add The Pogues’ Fairytale of New York.  Such a romantic, I am.

    Also, The Wassail Song, because our choirmaster had us perform it in grade 6.  Actually that one’s not so much a favourite as one that gets stuck in my head at unpredictable times and will. not. leave.  Thanks, Mr. Edison: that tune will torment my consciousness in perpetuity.

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