Thursday, December 2, 2010

Sing your life: Feeling Festive

Music.  I live it.  I breathe it.  I rock out in the car, and in the shower.  While i'm cooking, while i'm decorating.  Clearly the holidays mark their own special mix tape, so you know i'm rocking out to some seasonal music. 

I have to say i pretty much can't stand the same songs over and over, the ones that stores are piping in and radio stations began playing in early November.  So i made this cd with my ol' pal napster in the way i did my halloween mix-searching for keywords.  And looking for ska covers, b/c they add a little oomph to regular songs.  Frosty the Snowman, yeah, i'm not going to have that.  But Frosty the Snowman done by a punk rock bad, heck yeah!  I warn you, this mix isn't your typical holiday music.  Let me expand your horizons a bit.

1.  A Simple Plan-Christmas List...."I want a shopping spree in New York City! Just bring me things that i don't need....cuz now it's Christmas, and i want everything, i just can't wait."

2.  Blink 182-"It's Christmas time again, time to be nice to the people that you can't stand all year."

Ok, ok, if that's not your type of thing, on the SAME cd we've got classics, too...

3.  Ella Fitzgerald- Sleigh Ride..."I'm just crazy 'bout horses."
4.  Louis Armstrong-Cool Yule
5.  Michael Buble-Let it Snow
6.  Mariah Carey- All I Want for Xmas is you. 

7.  Bon Jovi-Please Come Home for Christmas.  His version's so sexy and wistful...oh, to be Cindy Crawford's chin...if you watch, you'll see what i mean.

8.  Dominick, The Italian Christmas Donkey- Lou Monte..."You talk Italian to him and he even understands, hey, jiggity jig!
9.  Christmastime-Smashing Pumpkins...i told you these were more obscure songs.
10.  Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas-Tori Amos...her version is hauntingly beautiful.

I know what you're thinking-it's Chanukah, you're jewish, what gives.  Did you know there's not much out there for chanukah that's not for children, nor religious?  I'm being sarcastic, everyone knows that!  Until my beloved Entertainment Weekly mentioned The Leevees!  Fun Chanukah pop music with smart lyrics and music that is rock out-able.  The magazine said buy it, and i did, without even listening to samples.  I urge you, if you are looking for fun Chanukah music, to do the same.  A sampling:

LeeVees - How Do You Spell Channukkahh? from The LeeVees on Vimeo.

So what holiday music do you love?  Ones we all know or more obscure ones?  I can't wait to hear what you have to say!

I'm linking this up to my girl's Musical Monday: Feeling Festive at Throwing Paint, fave things fri, weekend bloggy reading, and the friday blog hops in my sidebar.


DanielleisNesting said...

I love Christmas music!

Nita Stacy said...

I'm with you ...I get tired of the same songs over and my favorites are...

I can't help myself but I think my most favorite of all is
"Christmas Time Is Here" from Charlie Brown Christmas

And I love lots of versions of this song. Diana Krall has a great one.

I love Tony Bennet's Christmas albums...Snowfall is the best.

I'll be listening all month to

Chris Botti's Xmas CD

and an old Dean Martin one

and the soundtrack to "Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer" love those songs

and "The Muppets Christmas Carol" most favorite version ever of this story.

George Winston's December...of course...

and I love

The Pogues "A Fairytale of New York"

Love opera music all through the house too.

Loved seeing what you like.

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Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love Christmas music. One of my favorites is Kathy Mattea's Good News. I love her voice and this CD really moves me. I also love the classics like The Messiah and Bing Crosby's White Christmas. Hey, I'm old!

Clifford Jeffery said...

That is awesome! Loved your picks!
I followed you here from Serenity Now!
Have a great weeekend

Kelly~ Wave of Life Surf Studio said...

I love hearing different music- refreshing!

Hi there- I found you through the friday blog hop and am your newest follower :) It would be great if you stopped by and returned the love!

Firefly said...

Thanks for the shout out, my list has 37 songs so far oh my! Love your choices.

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Lisa said...

I still love Xmas music too! My Mariah Carey Xmas cd has probably been played a million times and I also love the Kenny G holiday songs.

Jeralee said...

Vince Guaraldi's CD, "A Charlie Brown Christmas," is hands down my favorite CD of all time.

Other seasonal favorites.

Benjamin Britten's "A ceremony of Carols." Harp and choir - what's not to love?

Diana Krall "Christmas Songs."

Debbie said...

Thanks for coming and visiting my blog (I Do Designs) and leaving a sweet comment – I really appreciate it! I wanted to come over and check you out too. Would ya think I was weird if I said one of my favorite songs for Christmas is: “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas”? Makes me smile when I hear it. I agree that they tend to wear them out by playing over and over again (especially when they start playing them the first of November!), but many of the song evoke memories… some happy, some make me sad. My Dad passed away last year, so some of the songs make me especially miss him right now. Have a GREAT weekend!!!

Eva said...

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leave a comment. You are so kind.
My holidays music is the music that make me sing and dance...I am a big fan of Bruce Springsteen :)

Unknown said...

I FOUND IT! I heard this on The Early Show on Friday and couldn't find the link until this morning:

It's called Candlelight by the Maccabeats! Hope you enjoy it!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Happy Chanukah to you. :) You have a great play list!! I love the "oldies" when it comes to Christmas music...I think Michael Buble and Harry Connick Jr. sing them so well. (And they're not hard on the eyes) Thanks for linking up with me. :)

Anonymous said...

Have you heard the song "candlelight" by the Maccabeats??