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Re: Good holiday music
« Reply #30 on: November 28, 2007, 06:07:20 PM »
I love the holidays - I have been listening to christmas music on my car radio since asfter halloween.

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Re: Good holiday music
« Reply #31 on: December 03, 2007, 12:17:27 PM »
I think its hard to put out a full Christmas album that's actually good.  There are exceptions-- the Aimee Mann and Chris Isaak albums are quite good-- but they are the exceptions that prove the rule. 

One album that I like to promote is an independent record put out by a bunch of Christian musicians (I know, I know-- again, the exception that proves the rule) called, unimaginatively enough, Noel.  Its an ensemble record featuring a bunch of singers that most people wouldn't know, well Buddy and Julie Miller are fairly well-known, but that's it, but the arrangements are both respectful and interesting, the selection of carols is great with some familiars ("Away in the Manger," "What Child is This," "O Holy Night") among lesser knowns ("Bring A Torch, Jeannette Isabella," "The Carol of the Birds," "In the Bleak Mid-Winter"), and nearly all of the performances are outstanding.  So, if you can get past the usual dreck that is Christian music, and actually find the darn album, its well worth the effort.

Like others, I'm a fan of downloading individual songs and making Christmas mix CDs, also to counter the Applebee's Christmas music.


Here's a few of my favorites:

1) "Rudy" - Be-Good Tonyas
2) "To Heck With Ol' Santa Claus"- Lorretta Lynn
3) "I Want An Alien For Christmas"- Fountains of Wayne
4) "Merry Christmas, I Don't Want to Fight Tonight"- Ramones
5) "Merry Christmas From the Family"- Robert Earl Keen
6) "Nothin' But A Child"- Steve Earle
7) "Christmas Presents"- Joe Tex
8) "Santa! Don't Pass Me By"- Freddie Fender
9) "Hoo-Ray for Santa Claus (Theme from Santa Claus vs. The Martians)" - Sloppy Seconds
10) "What Christmas Means To Me"- Stevie Wonder (The Gap can try to steal this one all they want, its still a great song).
11) Christmas Tears- Freddie King
12) "Christmas, Baby Please Come Home"- U2 (Death Cab does a passable version as well)
13) "Merry X-Mas (War is Over)"- The Polyphonic Spree (the John Holt reggae version is excellent, too)
14) "Santa Bring My Baby Back to Me"- Rev. Horton Heat
15) "Blues for Christmas"- John Lee Hooker
16) "I Saw Mommy Kissin' Santa Claus"- John Mellencamp (I have as much hatred for ol' Cougar as the next guy, but he does a fantastic version of this song)
17) "Louisiana Christmas"- Aaron Neville
18) "Listen to the Angel"- Moby
19) "I'm Gettin' Nuthin' For Christmas"- Less Than Jake
20) "On To Bethlehem"- Vigilantes of Love

That's all I've got off the top of my head.  I know I'll think of more as soon as I log off.

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Re: Good holiday music
« Reply #32 on: December 03, 2007, 01:26:31 PM »
after a weekend full of Christmas music, I've decided that there is no good Christmas music :P



or maybe I'm just saying that to annoy Chester...

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Re: Good holiday music
« Reply #33 on: December 03, 2007, 01:45:52 PM »
I think I only play it myself a day or two.  There's enough bombardment all around.

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Re: Good holiday music
« Reply #34 on: December 03, 2007, 04:00:53 PM »
after a weekend full of Christmas music, I've decided that there is no good Christmas music :P



or maybe I'm just saying that to annoy Chester...

you are so on the naughty list right now
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Re: Good holiday music
« Reply #35 on: December 03, 2007, 06:16:28 PM »
after a weekend full of Christmas music, I've decided that there is no good Christmas music :P



or maybe I'm just saying that to annoy Chester...

you are so on the naughty list right now

was I ever not on your naughty list?  I distinctly remember being kicked out of/banned from your Christmas thread. (not that it stops me from posting there)

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Re: Good holiday music
« Reply #36 on: December 04, 2007, 12:24:13 AM »
this is a compilation i made for family from all the CDs we owned


Bing Crosby-White Christmas
Judy Garland-Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Dean Martin-Let it Snow! Let it Snow!
Bing Crosby-Iíll Be Home for Christmas
Brenda Lee-Rockiní Around the Christmas Tree
Bobbie Helms-Jingle Bell Rock
Bing Crosby-Itís Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
Elvis Presley-Blue Christmas
Johnny Mathis-Itís the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Nat King Cole-The Christmas Song
Jimmy Durante-Frosty the Snowman
Bing Crosby & David Bowie-Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth
Bing Crosby-Silver Bells
Perry Como-(Thereís No Place Like) Home for the Holidays
Frank Sinatra-It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Bing Crosby-Adestes Fideles
Burl Ives-A Holly, Jolly Christmas
Bing Crosby-Christmas in Killarney
Tony Bennett-Winter Wonderland
Bing Crosby-Silent Night
Frank Sinatra-O, Little Town of Bethlehem
Bing Crosby-Jingle Bells
Bruce Springsteen-Santa Claus is Coming to Town
John Lennon & Yoko Ono-Happy Christmas (War is Over)
Bing Crosby-Mele Kalikimaka
Gene Autry-Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Alvin & the Chipmunks-The Christmas Song
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Re: Good holiday music
« Reply #37 on: December 04, 2007, 09:37:08 AM »
the itunes free christmas song this week is Carol of the Bells by The Bird and the Bee.  I know Chester likes them so I thought I'd let him know :)  am I off the naughty list now?

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Re: Good holiday music
« Reply #38 on: December 04, 2007, 10:03:18 AM »
the itunes free christmas song this week is Carol of the Bells by The Bird and the Bee.  I know Chester likes them so I thought I'd let him know :)  am I off the naughty list now?

Where does one find said "free Christmas song"? One assumes that one needs iTunes, which one is using. But one can only find a listing to buy the song for 99 cents, which one considers to be an extravagance. One also assumes there might be any number of additional songs, and yet more to come in future weeks, to which one would enjoy access. How should one approach this?

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Re: Good holiday music
« Reply #39 on: December 04, 2007, 10:33:48 AM »
the itunes free christmas song this week is Carol of the Bells by The Bird and the Bee.  I know Chester likes them so I thought I'd let him know :)  am I off the naughty list now?

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