Christmas music!

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    Nov 25, 2007 9:25 AM GMT
    OK, i like thanksgiving just because I can put on Xmas music without baleful looks from those in earshot. Any favorite albums out there? What are your favorite songs, too?

    Two new songs that are dear to my heart are:

    Sister Winter and Star of Wonder by Sufjan Stevens. Totally worth a listen.

  • anhphl

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    Nov 25, 2007 10:43 AM GMT
    Mariah Carey's "Merry Christmas" which features the huge radio hit "All I Want for Christmas Is You!" It's an over the top album, and I love every minute of it.
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    Nov 25, 2007 10:57 AM GMT
    I despise most Christmas music that was made after around the 1950s. I especially can't stand Christmas music made within the last 20 years. Hell, I don't even like most Christmas music from the 1950s or before either.

    The bit of Christmas music that I do enjoy is usually hymnal Christmas music. I always enjoy listening to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir around this time of the year.

    The only exception to my dislike of modern Christmas music that I can think of is that from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Their stuff is a lot of fun.

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    Nov 25, 2007 2:02 PM GMT
    Always enjoy Mannheim Steamroller.
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    Nov 25, 2007 2:26 PM GMT
    I'm with ChewToy. The NY Times ran an article a few years ago explaining that no good Xmas music has surfaced in the last few decades because the season isn't long enough for anything to establish itself as popular. So nobody writes much or what they write is crap.

    I find the stuff hard to tune out. I was writing at Starbucks a few days ago and begged the baristas to turn the hideous shit off but they said it was broadcast.

  • Kevin82

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    Nov 25, 2007 2:33 PM GMT
    Merry Christmas
    Merry Christmas
    I think I'll skip this one this year
    Merry Christmas
    Merry Christmas

    I don't know the name but I love it. I love Dominic the Donkey too...lol every weekday at 5pm
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    Nov 25, 2007 2:49 PM GMT
    Aguilera's Christmas Songalbum - "My kind of Christmas"

    very 4my_bf style, not to mention her vocal abilities.
    So if you didn't - worth to get it. icon_smile.gif
  • HndsmKansan

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    Nov 25, 2007 2:58 PM GMT
    Well I grew up hearing music that my mother bought, some years before... I remember her giving me an old album by Ray Conniff called "Christmas by Conniff" when I was 4 and told me to go off and have fun....

    I actually still have that album (with only 1 scratch) and now the DVD. Nothing gets me like "Jingle Bells" on that album. I always tear up.
  • liftordie

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    Nov 25, 2007 3:07 PM GMT
    all i want for christmas-mariah carey

    blue christmas-celine dion AMAZING version

    bells will be ringing-don henley

    happy christmas war is over-melissa etheridge
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    Nov 25, 2007 3:18 PM GMT
    I'm with HndsmKansan. Nothing gets me like the old time Christmas stuff. My parents had all the Ray Conniff, Mantovani,(anyone remember the old Shell Christmas albums?)etc.

    Perry Como "I'll Be Home for Christmas"
    Steve & Eydie "Let It Snow"
    Kay Starr "Waiting for the Man with the Bag"
    of course Nat's "The Christmas Song" and Bing's "White Christmas"

    When you've grown up with the originals, everyone else's version pales in comparison.

    I guess I'm the exception-LOVE Christmas music! My kids get totally embarrassed when I break into song when we're shopping, and one of the good versions comes over the sound system.
  • Alan95823

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    Nov 25, 2007 3:23 PM GMT
    The Ramsey Lewis Trio: "Sound of Christmas"

    When I was a kid, my Mom played this album every year to start the Xmas season off while we started decorating the house. I remember the old LP was a translucent red, and that her face lit up every time it started to play.

    If you like instrumental jazz, and you like Xmas music, pop over to Amazon and give the sample tracks a listen.

    http://www.amazon.com/Sound-Christmas-Ramsey-Lewis-Trio/dp/B00030EJS6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1196004152&sr=8-1
  • art_smass

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    Nov 25, 2007 4:19 PM GMT
    I put myself through university slinging hash in a diner inside the world's biggest mall. Because Christmas started sometime around Halloween, I grew to resent everything about it. Listening to the music is especially painful still. Every time I hear that horrible Paul McCartney song I want to put a bullet in my head.

    Nevertheless, I've always wanted to write a Christmas carol. I need a musician like McGay to help me out. I've already written the title for my song. It's called "Come Down My Chimney and Unload Your Sack." I just know it's going to be a hit!
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    Nov 25, 2007 4:27 PM GMT
    I love the classics mentioned and also Eartha Kitt's "Santa Baby". The kid (and dork) in me loves the music from "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."
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    Nov 25, 2007 4:45 PM GMT
    I do kinda like this Xmas music, played at super-high volume:

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    Nov 25, 2007 4:50 PM GMT
    Rather old man of me...or maybe dorky...I dunno...

    I looooove the Vince Guaraldi Trio's - A Charlie Brown Christmas...I listen to this all year round...Standouts include:

    *What Child is This?
    *Christmas Time is Here
    *Skating
    *Greensleeves (Alt. take 6)

    Can never forget Mariah's "All I want for Christmas"...Eartha's "Santa Baby"....Vanessa's "What Child is This"....love this time of year.

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    Nov 25, 2007 4:53 PM GMT
    went to the grocery store last night... christmas music was playing.... shoot me.
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    Nov 25, 2007 4:57 PM GMT
    How about the original "Have your self a merry little Christmas" in its original context in Meet Me in St. Louis.

    Also, I loved the Peanuts album before it became ubiquitous.

    There are some great songs that are about Christmas that aren't necessarily Christmas songs, too (like the two in my original post).

    also, the Maybe This Christmas Albums (3 of them at my last check) are pretty incredible. They have stuff from Rufus Wainwright, Guster, Coldplay, Pilate (for you Canadians), etc. etc.
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    Nov 25, 2007 5:10 PM GMT
    You're young, Sicko. Wait 'til you've heard these same tunes for two more decades.
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    Nov 25, 2007 5:26 PM GMT
    Sick, the Peanuts album is ubiquitous??? That is Christmas music. I LOVE the Vince Guaraldi Trio's album A Charlie Brown Christmas. In fact, my CD alarm wakes me up to track 4---Lucy and Linus. That is the music that defined childhood Christmas (and birthday) for me.
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    Nov 25, 2007 5:34 PM GMT
    Hey now! I have! Almost 2 and a half decades even! I only enjoy the original Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas because it is so sad.

    And I don't plan on sticking with just these. My Christmas music tastes are as dynamic as I am...and humble too!

    Also, ubiquitous isn't a bad thing. I'm just saying that that album is played everywhere. I still have it, too...

  • sandiegovince

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    Nov 25, 2007 5:46 PM GMT
    timo, I love Vince Guaraldi's "Christmas Time Is Here..." Christmas ain't Christmas without a "Charlie Brown Christmas"

    Other Xmas songs I like:

    Carol of the Bells
    O' Holy Night
    Silver Bells
    Little Drummer Boy
    Silent Night

    But unfortunately, the problem with Christmas music is played to death from Thanksgiving on, that by the time the holiday arrives it's about as much fun to listen to as Muzak in an elevator.

    That's what I like about Hanukkah, there's only one or two songs written about it and it's very unlikely you will "Dreidel, Dreidel" blaring over Macy's sound system as you shop.

    Vince
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    Nov 25, 2007 5:46 PM GMT
    Josh Groban has one out this year and it's solid. Thumb's up!icon_wink.gif
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    Nov 25, 2007 6:11 PM GMT
    actually by the time thanksgiving hits i'm already completely annoyed by christmas music. and christmas ads. and christmas displays. and ... etc etc.

    i don't know why in the friggen hell society at large commercializes (i mean celebrates) christmas for almost three months now. christmas decorations go up before halloween even gets here.

    jesus is the reason for the season, get your jesus at walmart for $9.82 now!

    now don't get me wrong. i love happiness and mirth and sharing good times and gifts with guys with cute little hats and snowballs. but really, it started out as a pagan worship, got adopted by the RC church to reintegrate splintering factions, and now it's the biggest commercial enterprise of the year. buy! buy! buy! give us your money for our cheaper and cheaper toys (bonus feature! now including lead and GHB!) from us!

    i love a lot of christmas music but it's been playing for over a month now and i take earplugs with me when i got into stores.

    :-X

    happy holidays?
    p.s. i couldn't afford my personal jesus from walmart this year. i had to get another tank of gas and some plain crackers for lunch and dinner this week. thank god i had 17 ounces of water left from last week.







    ;) all the best wishes to everyone during this holiday madness icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 25, 2007 6:25 PM GMT
    Auld Lang Syne.
    No other holiday ditty is
    as brief and its the only one that
    is played exactly ONCE a year. I think
    in Scots – or Norse – it means "I Will Survive".

    I don't especially relish being cynical during the holidays, but...
    all of those Christmas tunes of the past 50 years conjure up more
    associations with shopping centres and zombies in manic-panic mode
    rather than warm fuzzy family moments. In fact, we don't have any of those ultra
    familiar records in my family – radio provides the jingles and non-stop Québecois folk music.

    We do, however, play a ton of records that are liberated annually from the 'cupboard of shame' –
    stuff that is both too schmaltzy and kitschy for any event but Christmas and wedding receptions.
    Mambo Italiano? Tipitipitipso Calypso? La Compagnie Creole? Frankie Yankovic The Polka King?
    Most years I hear 'Auld Lang Syne' played on a tuba by a man in breeches while I squirm my way
    through a sea of buxom matrons all ruddy and "dewey" from too much polka and slivovitza. Nuff sed?

    I prefer to listen to my favourite seasonal music the week of Christmas itself – especially Euradio's 14-hour Christmas
    Music Day broadcast on the CBC – and I do my best not to overdose on the commercial stuff, which is rather easy for me
    as I shun malls and commercial broadcasting like most peeps avoid morgues and interpretive dance. Also, being tv-free is most awesome in December, for the very same reasons. In the last few years I've come to appreciate choral music more than ever – both sacred and profane – and make it a point to enjoy live seasonal fare on at least two occasions: midnight Mass and recitals.

    Hmm, my godson will be three
    next Christmas; still too young
    to appreciate The Nutcracker?
    It's been a good 15 years since...
  • dfrourke

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    Nov 25, 2007 6:45 PM GMT
    George Winston - December