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Postby HerrHerr » December 8th, 2010, 6:18 pm

monkeyangst wrote:
kbadr wrote:Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis is great...but not really Christmas-y.

Substitute "Joseph" for "Charlie" in the first line and it becomes positively pious.


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Postby Nancy » December 8th, 2010, 6:26 pm

the ones that most inspire the Christmas spirit in me are..

Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin' (Tinsley Ellis)
Stay a Little Longer, Santa (Shemekia Copeland)

and Bruce doing his regulars..."Santa Claus is Coming to Town" and "Merry Christmas, Baby"
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Postby valetoile » December 8th, 2010, 7:33 pm

I just listen to Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas is You" all year long.
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Postby karenjanedewitt » December 8th, 2010, 8:55 pm

My husband's band doing We Three Kings...

http://jennifinlaypromotions.bandcamp.c ... hree-kings

I like to start listening to Xmas music right after Thanksgiving. I even have my alarm clock set to some station that's playing it in the a.m.! It's only once a year. Why not dive in?
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Postby Rev. Jordan T. Maxwell » December 8th, 2010, 11:00 pm

karenjanedewitt wrote:My husband's band doing We Three Kings...

http://jennifinlaypromotions.bandcamp.c ... hree-kings

I like to start listening to Xmas music right after Thanksgiving. I even have my alarm clock set to some station that's playing it in the a.m.! It's only once a year. Why not dive in?


for me, it's because a whole month of it just burns me out. makes it all less special and magical so by the time it ACTUALLY comes around, i'm just tired of the whole shebang. i LOVE Christmas...and don't like things that ruin it for me. ;)
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Postby KathyRose » December 9th, 2010, 12:15 am

My favorite holiday tune at the moment...

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSJCSR4MuhU[/youtube]
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Postby wiggies » December 9th, 2010, 12:31 am

monkeyangst wrote:Oddly, although I'm a wholly secular person, the only Christmas music I can stomach is the religious stuff. "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," "Silent Night," "The Little Drummer Boy," etc. The secular stuff is almost all crap, particularly if it's all about Santa Claus.


Amen to that.

I've collected tons of Christmas music over the years, and about 3 years ago I put together a playlist that I can listen to over and over, but it's all religious music:

Gaudete--Steeleye Span
The Stockford Carol--Loreena McKennitt
The Holly and the Ivy--Maddy Prior
The Cherry Tree Carol--Peter, Paul & Mary
In The Bleak Midwinter--Burt Jansch
Angels We Have Heard On High--Tony Truschka
A La Nanita Nana--Tish Hinojosa
The Last Month of the Year--Staples Singers
Cantique De Noel --Joan Baez
The Bells Of St. Mary's--John Fahey
The Friendly Beasts--The Louvin Brothers
The Angel Gabriel--Maddy Prior
The Poverty Carol--Madeline MacNeil
The Wexford Carol--The Chieftains
Good King Wenceslas--The Roches
One For the Little Bitty Baby--The Weavers
Carol of the Birds--Brocelïande
The Coventry Carol (Lully Lullay)--Charlotte Church
Go Tell It on the Mountain--Staples Singers
God Rest You Merry Gentlemen--Maddy Prior
Oh Night of Joy and Gladness--The Rankin Sisters
Joy To The World--John Fahey
O Little Town of Bethlehem--The Roches
Sing We Noel--The Kingston Trio
Silent Night--Enya

But I'm saving it for Christmas Eve.

Since we're listing favorites, I've got to say my favorite all-time Christmas song is In the Bleak Midwinter (the Holst setting). It just really captures a mood for me that embodies the season.

And growing up when I did, the all-time favorite Christmas album is Vince Guaraldi's A Charlie Brown Christmas. And as long as I'm talking, I'll just point out that the Roches' Christmas record, We Three Kings, is quite lovely as well.
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Postby wiggies » December 4th, 2011, 2:13 am

wiggies wrote:
monkeyangst wrote:Oddly, although I'm a wholly secular person, the only Christmas music I can stomach is the religious stuff. "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," "Silent Night," "The Little Drummer Boy," etc. The secular stuff is almost all crap, particularly if it's all about Santa Claus.


Amen to that.

I've collected tons of Christmas music over the years, and about 3 years ago I put together a playlist that I can listen to over and over, but it's all religious music:


Dipped back here because I actually remembered posting this and I've managed to recreate most of this in Spotify: Christmas Without Santa

Enjoy.
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Postby Rev. Jordan T. Maxwell » December 4th, 2011, 3:43 am

oh, good call. i should create a Spotify list of my favorites...but not for another week. ;)
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Postby Terry » December 4th, 2011, 4:23 am

I gave in this year a full week before Thanksgiving. My favorite can't-go-without collection is the Motown Christmas album. My dad had it on reel-to-reel and it was a family holiday staple.

My vote for absolute worst song ever goes to Dominique The Italian Christmas Donkey. I mean really, what in the actual fuck?
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Postby KathyRose » December 4th, 2011, 5:20 am

In case you haven't run across them . . .

One of my favorite seasonal songs - musically, not philosophically (Christmas-time a la Joni Mitchell is apparently not a festive event):

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94cnRwZvYU8[/youtube]

But also, this (with an amazing collection of images that I appreciate, although I'm not religious):

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s49gEmTlOTk[/youtube]

and this, more joyful tune:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Rbhjm1-14c[/youtube]

And finally, this (from the movie "Toys") . . .

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMAmHrlP1lY[/youtube]
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Postby jillybee72 » December 4th, 2011, 5:49 am

I could listen all year round. I only turn it off for you people.

because...
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Postby sara farr » December 4th, 2011, 11:06 am

November.

I love the winter/snow/Santa part of Christmas. I'm a big fan of all this and dream of a White Christmas each year. But there IS a lot of bad popular music out there. My favorite secular songs about Christmas come from the 40s, sung as jazzy pop standards by artists in the 50s-60s.

"The Christmas Song" (Chestnuts roasting...) sung by Carol Burnett
"Jingle Bells" (jazzy version) sung by Barbara Streisand
"We need a little Christmas" from the musical "Mame"
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" from the musical "Meet Me In St. Louis"
"Christmas in Killarney" sung by Bing Crosby
"No place like home for Christmas" sung by Perry Como
"Winter Wonderland" sung by Perry Como
"Sleigh Ride" played by the Boston Pops

I've also been listening to a lot of Renaissance Christmas music.
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Postby Roy Janik » December 4th, 2011, 12:25 pm

Terry wrote:My vote for absolute worst song ever goes to Dominique The Italian Christmas Donkey. I mean really, what in the actual fuck?


This is one of my favorite Christmas songs.
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Postby Rev. Jordan T. Maxwell » December 4th, 2011, 12:53 pm

Roy Janik wrote:
Terry wrote:My vote for absolute worst song ever goes to Dominique The Italian Christmas Donkey. I mean really, what in the actual fuck?


This is one of my favorite Christmas songs.


my mother, understandably, loves it. i get pretty annoyed with it, even when i DO start listening to Christmas music. ;) i've been trying to convert her to another Christmas donkey song...

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iuyOfypZ4c[/youtube]

...though of course NO Christmas song is as bad as that damn Christmas Shoes song. i am glad that it inspired this, though...

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iq10bz3PxyY[/youtube]
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