christmas songs

yes, it’s that time of year when we are bombarded with christmas songs, like it or not. i made a mix which you can check out (on your right) called chrismakwanzikah which has everything from yellowman to vince guiraldi. (it’s pretty schizophrenic.) even though i’m a nice jewish girl, there are certain christmas songs i look forward to hearing every year.

the little drummer boy : only when it’s sung by the vienna boys choir. and i cry. i don’t much like the bing crosby/david bowie (ding dong, it’s ziggy calling!) version. surprisingly.

step into christmas by elton john. maybe because it was released when i was little, but whenever i hear this, i get excited about the season. yes, i’ve mentioned before that i’m a red sea pedestrian. but i still get excited. maybe i was excited at the prospect that i, too, would one day wear glasses the size that sir elton did.

father christmas by the kinks. it reminds me of BS every time i hear it, as he loves this song. it figures: it’s about santa getting mugged by poor kids who want money, and jobs for their dads, and, oh yeah, how about a machine gun? give all the toys to the little rich boys.

santa claus is comin to town by bruce springsteen. oh, c’mon. did you REALLY think i wouldn’t include this one?

the christmas song by nat king cole. no one will ever cover this song well enough for me. period.

linus and lucy from a charlie brown christmas. i just wish i could dance as well as some of those cool kids in the scene.

the beatles christmas messages, like this one (which includes john lennon’s imitiable words that i sing every year: rudolph the red nose reindeer had a very shiny nose cos everybody picked it), this one, this one, this one, this one (including my fave, christmas time is here again.) this one, this one, (including yoko ono, of whom i’m not a huge fan.) i used to wait and wait until my local radio station would play these. they were a real treat. and it’s funny — you can tell a lot about the beatles from their christmas messages — they start out doing it all together in the beginning, then they start their own compositions and include a spouse or so toward the end. 1969 sounds so clearly pasted together by individual beatles to me. i’ll stick with 1967 and 1966, thank you very much.

christmas in hollis by run dmc. it’s christmastime in hollis, queens. mom’s cookin’ chicken and collard greens. ’nuff said.

there are plenty of other songs — like adam sandler’s chanukah offerings — that i enjoy. but i really, really look forward to hearing those songs.

i’ll finish with lyrics by the kinks. it sums up my feelings about this time of year, when people are happy to share things with the less fortunate but somehow forget about them the other days of the year:

Have yourself a merry merry christmas
Have yourself a good time
But remember the kids who got nothin
While you’re drinkin down your wine

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4 Responses to “christmas songs”

  1. i once added a blisteringly annoying guitar solo to the Bing/Bowie recording of Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth and it was pretty funny. Just at the strings swell going in to the bridge section my guitar vomitted all over it….i laughed so hard listening back to it. I’ll have to post that someday.

  2. now THAT would be a christmas present i would enjoy! i’ve never been a fan of bingerino, and while i always enjoyed bowie, i thought this was even more opportunistic than sleeping with mick jagger. but that’s just me 🙂

    POST IT! 🙂 (please!)

  3. What’s really funny is that I had forgotten about the Bing/Bowie version and then someone shared it on another blog and I fell in love with it!! Ah well.

    I thank you for posting this as I am going to put together a collection of holiday tunes this weekend ti play in the background on Tuesday and I really do want it to be all over the board nutso in order to please everyone from the 11 year old to the 78 year olds. Should be fun!

  4. It’s almost impossible to apply critical faculties in a discussion of Christmas music. With Christmas, there is too much emotional investment in such a short space of time. Some entirely reasonable people even enjoy Boney M.’s Christmas album, because it evokes positive feelings, and many others hate it because they associate it with stressful situations, like shopping in packed malls. And, obviously, they hate it because it’s terrible, but I think that is secondary.

    I love Bing ‘n Bowie’s Little Drummer Boy, though mainly for the old groaner’s “Peace on Earth” part.

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