I decided to take a break from blogging about anything fashion related to talk about Christmas music! I don't know about you, but I know that I love me some Christmas music. When I first hear Mariah Carey's "All I want for Christmas is You" the day after Thanksgiving, I get excited. Also, I have realized that Christmas music has the ability to calm me like nothing else in this world (it calms me even more than Jack Johnson music and shopping)! I got the idea to share my favorite Christmas songs with you all on the way International Plaza when I started playing Christmas music to calm my nerves from Tampa's I-275 traffic.
Here goes the list (and links) in no particular order:
Mariah Carey's "All I want for Christmas" starts the Christmas season off for me like no other, and will do so till the day I die...
Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmas Time" just puts me in a chipper of a mood... I think it's just the funky sounds in the music or something, but its really good...
The entire Jackson 5's Christmas album is one of my favorite Christmas albums ever. I went threw two cassette tapes and a CD as a child/teenager before I finally bought it on iTunes...One of my favorite songs though is "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus"... (I didn't know that the dad was Santa Claus until 11th grade...how about you?)
Going off that relocation though, it makes me wonder who Santa is in "Santa Baby"... I think Eartha Kitt is singing to a special someone in this song... (What does it say that people THINK Marilyn Monroe sang this song? I mean, come on people, fill in the blanks. haha)
I absolutely LOVE "Sleigh Ride", although I am not sure what version I like more. Part of me loves the Ella Fitzgerald version because I believe she sings it so well, and the other side of me loves the instrumental version because it was always my favorite song to play for band every year for our Christmas concert.
Stevie Wonder's "Ave Maria" gives me goose bumps every time I hear it. Listen and you will see why.
Going off of that, Josh Groban's "O Holy Night" rendition also gives me goose bumps... again, listen and you will see why.
Bruce Springsteen's "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" always makes me laugh...I think it's because I feel like that is how my grandfather and his brothers would threaten us grandchildren around this time of the year when we were being troublesome.
The list would not be complete without Feliz Navidad... I mean, who didn't get excited at the first English line "I want to wish you a Merry Christmas/with lots of presents to make you happy."? Plus this in Spanish was easier to sing than "O Tannenbaum" in German in 3rd grade chorus--yeah, I went to a pretty bad ass grade school.
Even though Destiny's Child left out four days of gifts, and changed them all together, I'd take the keys to a CLK Mercedes' and I guess they had to do something to allow ample time for Beyonce to do her thing. If you haven't guessed by now, I am talking about "8 Days of Christmas"
This song is a more recent addition to the list, and I must attribute it to working at GUESS? "Last Christmas" is now one of my favorite songs of the season.Of all the versions we have at work, the Casacada version is my favorite.
I will leave you with the most unconventional Christmas song I have ever heard. Lady Gaga and Space Cowboy have made it onto my list with their song "Christmas Tree"... (There is no official video for it, but I LOVE this homemade interpretation of the song.)
j/k...I forgot that I wanted to put "The Dreidel Song" (I'm not going to lie, I think this is how we must have sounded when we were kids singing it...that's why I went with this version). I remember we had a Jewish girl in my 5th grade class that taught us all how to play. Our whole class was obsessed with that game for at least a week, and recess was not complete with out a few games of it. Man were those the days?
I hope this post has put you into the Holiday spirit if you were not already in it! And sorry that there is no flow to this post--I may try and clean it it some later, but I really doubt it.Did you notice any songs we have in common and do you think I left anything out? I'm interested to hear other people's favorites.
Sources: I got all video links from youtube.com... whatever the people I got it from cited,or disclaim, I do to... (I hope that's legal enough for bloggin purposes... guess it's going to have to be huh? haha.) As for the clip-art, I used Google to find images that I liked