Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Christmas Song List 2006

I confess, I'm a sucker for Christmas Music. Next to my Mom's cooking, it's the best thing about this time of year.

As I mentioned yesterday, I'm obsessing over "Merry Christmas Baby" from the Very Special Christmas Live in DC album, sung by Sheryl Crow with Eric Clapton's kickin' pickin'. Thank the goddess for the soundproofing in this apartment building, or my neighbors would surely be calling for my eviction by now.

However, on a more civilized note, I've also got "The Blizzard" by Judy Collins in regular rotation. If you've never heard this song, I order you to get it right now, on iTunes or MusicMatch or at your local record store, off an album called "All on a Wintry Night." It's incredible. I cried the first time I heard it, and I soar everytime I sing it... although I'll never sing it like Judy. No one will.

The rest of my list:
Jingle Bell Rock - Gene Autry
Christmas Time is Here - Dianne Reeves
Sweet Little Jesus Boy - John Gary
Home for the Holidays - Perry Como
Santa Claus is Back in Town - Elvis Presley
O Holy Night - Mario Lanza
Please Come Home for Christmas - Jon Bon Jovi
Still, Still, Still - Mannheim Steamroller
Sleigh Ride - the Boston Pops (Arthur Fielder conducting)
Christmas in Killarney - Bing Crosby
I'll Be Home For Christmas - Bing Crosby
Silver Bells - Bing Crosby & Carole Richards (My parents have this LP)
The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole

And - as Dr. Zoom so wisely reminded me!
Merry Christmas Darling - the Carpenters
- (I once wrote a birthday song to this tune for an uber-cool Pisces friend of mine)


Anonymous said...

Solid list. Two I'd add: "Merry Christmas, Darling" by The Carpenters and "Snowfall" by Manhattan Transfer.

Anonymous said...

You had to mention Silver Bells? And what other uber-cool Pisces friend do you have besides me? :)

Lisa K

Jeff said...

"The Blizzard"! I love, love, love that song. I always like Judy best when she sings her own material as opposed to interpreting other people's songs (though she kills on some of the traditional songs, and I love her cover of "Desperado"). I first heard her sing "The Blizzard" live back in 1990 (I think it was 1990), and her voice broke at one point and you could just tell that she really felt it. I just fell in love with the song right then.

I've been a Judy Collins fan since I was in middle school, and no one's ever understood it. I like her very early material especially, but I think I have to go play "The Blizzard" right now.