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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

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A little musical list for Christmas

1. Favorite traditional carol – “Silent Night” tied with “O Holy Night”
2. First childhood song that actually rocked – “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” by Bruce Springsteen
3. Favorite song – “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” (it can make me smile or cry, depending on my mood)
4. Favorite song that I didn’t think I liked much until I heard it by Olivia Olson in Love Actually – “All I Want for Christmas is You”. While you have that on, be sure to listen to Otis Redding doing “White Christmas”. Sigh…
5. Song that always makes me think of my father – “Silver Bells”
6. Favorite musical holiday tradition – playing Christmas music after dessert is finished on Thanksgiving and K playing “Carol of the Bells” and sounding exactly like George Winston
7. Speaking of George Winston, album that I have bought so many times for gifts and the perfect relaxation after a crazy day, be sure to listen with a cup cocoa – “December” by George Winston
8. Album I waited years for – “James Taylor at Christmas”
9. Sexiest Christmas song – “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”
10. Best remake of a song for Christmas that I never even thought of as a Christmas song (composed and recorded by Gordon Lightfoot) and it was barely on my radar – “Song for a Winter’s Night” by Sarah McLachlan
11. Only version of “Rudolph” I can stand – Jack Johnson but I still don’t want to hear it
12. Song that Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas if I didn’t hear at least once but please, don’t make me listen to any other version – “12 Days of Christmas” by John Denver and the Muppets –“ ba-dum, bum, bum”
13. The most poignant Christmas song - “River” by Joni Mitchell.
14. Best Christmas album my son ever gave me –“I Pray on Christmas” by the Blind Boys of Alabama
15. Best Christmas album my daughter ever gave me – “Snow Angels”, an album put out years ago by the Nature Company
16. Song that just hearing the first few notes, instantly makes you know it is Christmas time – “The Christmas Song” by Nat King Cole
17. Worst Christmas album WB ever bought – Leon Redbone’s Christmas Island but I had to take it all back when I heard his duet with Zooey Dechanel of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” on the Elf soundtrack. It’s wonderful!
18. Song WB likes but I don’t – Feliz Navidad. Actually this is probably the best song that he likes and I don’t. This category could be a whole other list.
19. Best song for dancing in the kitchen with WB at Christmastime – Eugene Ruffalo’s “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

20. Will making this list make me realize the ridiculous amount of Christmas music I have and how I don’t need any more? Probably not.

I'd love to hear about your favorites and not so favorites.


food for thought said...

i have 487 xmas songs on my ipod that i turn on dec 1st thru the 26th nonstop... i am just off to bake and rock my morning away, i do have loads that you mentioned and i see that i need to go hear the few i don't know...

real quik favs:
holly and the ivy
sweet little jesus boy
mary did you know
god rest ye merry me (barenaked ladies w/sarah)
cool yule (bette)
go tell it on a mountain gospel
snowfall dan dogelberg
light of the stable emmylou
breath of heaven glady knight
grown up xmas list bubble

the cape on the corner said...

oh my goodness, i loved this post! my best friend from college loves leon redbone, so i cracked up at the thought of you returning a cd. i actually did a post about my fave holiday songss, here....

i just remembered that destiny's child does a mean carol of the bells. gonna go youtube that now!

Joelle said...

I loved your list! You mentioned a lot of my favorites, too. :) Cooper and I were listening to Pandora yesterday (Barenaked Ladies Holiday channel) and came across an a cappella group called Straight No Chaser. Our favorite song was "The 12 Days of Christmas." It was hilarious! :)

Karen said...

I have a huge stack of Christmas CDs and am slowly adding them to iTunes so I can listen more easily while I work in my studio. Two favorites: Some Children See Him by James Taylor (love that whole album), and my favorite carol "In Royal David's City" which is always the processional sung by children first, then joined by the adult choir, and finally the whole congregation at our 11:00 service. I get goose bumps every year!