Soundtrack for the season

Almost every year since we’ve been married, S and I have collected Christmas songs. Our collection is HUGE now and S keeps adding to it. It’s kind of like living inside the Pandora Christmas channel around here.

We have the standards, the ones that you hear constantly on the radio.* I don’t know what Christmas would be like without hearing Andy Williams, Burl Ives and Bing Crosby, to name a few.

My husband delights in finding new and different songs for the season. This year, S’s favorite (I think) is “Getting Ready for Christmas Day” by Paul Simon. He also really likes “Mary Had a Baby” by Bruce Cockburn, although even he will admit that after you’ve listened to it for a couple times, it’s a smidge repetitive and a bit too long.

The kids like the silly (and at times, gross) songs of Bob Rivers’ “More Twisted Christmas.” Predictably, songs like “Yellow Snow” (yes, that’s exactly what you think it’s about) and “Didn’t I Get This Last Year?” get airtime whenever the kids are in control of the tunes. If pressed, I’ll admit that I enjoy his song, “It’s the Most Fattening Time of the Year” which features a frantic Richard Simmons begging you “Put down that roll — I’m watching!” Good stuff.

For my part, I keep listening to the same CD over and over.

straightnochaser

If you’ve never heard of Straight No Chaser, you’ve got to give them a listen. They are an a cappella group that got together at Indiana University back in the 90s, and their songs include great harmonies, funny lyrics and in particular, a cute version of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” (which you can still see on YouTube. So. Funny.).

C’s favorite song of theirs is “Who Spiked the Egg Nog?” The fact that our 8-year-old not only understands what spiking the egg nog means but also requests it by its track number every time I put on the CD probably means we’re failing as parents on a whole new level. Oh well.

Any particular songs you have to hear in order to make it feel like it’s Christmas? What’s your holiday soundtrack like?

*We don’t do depressing songs that some of the radio stations seem to play every 10 minutes. I can’t listen to “Christmas Shoes” or “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” The holidays can be a tough time of year anyway for a lot of people, so I prefer my music uplifting or upbeat. Just can’t do melancholy. How about you?

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About thethingaboutjoan

Mom of three who knits a little, bakes a lot, crafts a bit and blogs about it all.
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11 Responses to Soundtrack for the season

  1. We got to see this group in person a few years ago . . . they’re amazing on-stage entertainers as well as singers! Love them! πŸ™‚

  2. Lynne says:

    Will have to listen to them…Also, we have to listen to Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole…as well as my grandmother’s fav, “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer…” πŸ™‚

  3. Really love Straight No Chaser! Haven’t heard their Christmas album though — will have to go pick that up! πŸ™‚
    Kenley

    • It’s really fun. They have one with an Elvis-like flair called “Santa Claus is Back in Town” that kills me. Just a hint: any song where there’s a lyric like “Baby, have you ever had a candy cane made out of mayonnaise? It’s delightful” is a winner in my book. πŸ™‚

  4. I must get that CD! We listen to Harry Connick, Jr. a lot during the holidays. I love his Parade of the Wooden Soldiers. I really don’t know why I love it, I just do! πŸ™‚

    • I like Harry Connick Jr. too — was just listening to his “What A Night!” Christmas Album a couple of minutes ago. I like his “Zat You, Santa Claus” one.

      Do check out Straight No Chaser — they are awesome! (And no, I’m not related to anyone in the group — I just love them!).

  5. I’ve heard of Straight no chaser from another blogger, but never listened to their music. Will go and check them out on youtube now! πŸ™‚ We’re always on the look out for a good Christmas album!

  6. I have to admit i like most Christmas music including the sad selections, the upbeat and the traditional carols. But I have trouble enjoying carols that have been turned into rock and roll. It just doesn’t seem right to me. I will also check this group out on You Tube! Merry Christmas to you and your family Joan. ~Thea

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