Happy 10 Days to Christmas! As I mentioned in my book, Christmas music is the only kind of music I really enjoy, besides film music. Because it feels like it is creating a mood, like it is part of a bigger story, not just isolated art. But this also means I spend all of December listening to Christmas songs and I can get pretty sick of the same old-same old. Just in case you are in the same boat, here are some of the best not-standard songs I have run across. (for my favorite standards, check out my earlier Christmas post)
Dolly Parton is just the best, and this song is lovely. Even though it comes from a musical with a not-the-greatest title.
I just recently found this song, thanks to a friend who took pity on my frustration with same-old same-old and gave me a classic Christmas Motown album
This super catchy song was on a random library CD we listened to when we were kids, and we got super addicted to it.
If your Christmas is less happy-swinging times and a little bit rougher this year, here’s a song that will make you feel like someone is writing what you are feeling.
And then, when you are done feeling sad, here’s a good one to pump you up again for all the million things that need to be done.
Speaking of powerful women, you know Kate Smith? Amazingly powerful voice, big deal back in the 40s and 50s, but you don’t hear much about her today.
And finally, if you need something laid back and sunny and California, here’s the Beach Boys!