I kind of hijacked this blog subject from Daisy over at her "Everything Daisy" blog. (She's a fellow karate student.) Visit her blog at http://everythingdaisy.blogspot.com/. She talks about how Christmas has creeped up on her without her realizing it. Well, that's the part I am highjacking, but what I really want to talk about is Christmas music..
I was just saying this very thing to my friend yesterday...how quickly the Christmas season was this year. I love all the decorations and the music (I even forego Sammy Hagar music for Perry Como and Johnny Mathis this time of year - a true phenomenon!!!) Oh, and don't forget Brenda Lee's "Rockin Around the Christmas Tree" (Really listen to it - sounds like she has a sailor's vocab when she sings about indulging in some pumpkin pie later on...My hubby just cracks-up every time he hears that part.) And Elvis's "Blue Christmas"...(I love it even though the backup singers sound like whipper-whills when they sing the background "Blue-ooh-ooh-oohah, Blue-ooh-ooh-oohah") You just can't deny it - Elvis was cool no matter how you slice it.
A coworker turned me on to a website called "Pandora" on which you can create your own music stations and listen online. You tell them your favorite artist or song and they build a station around songs similar to your specified song/artist. Needless to say, my first "station creation" was based on Sammy. But my second one - Christmas music. And I play it all day long at work. It is fun and you can say "yes, I like that song" or "No, that song sucks" (paraphrased by MAM, of course). I get to find out who the artist is and have learned that I can just say no to Louis Armstrong songs. (Because the man is an icon, I felt guilty, but I'm telling you - listening to one of his Christmas songs was actually painful, and I had it pulled from "my" station. I found out I love the entire Burl Ives Christmas album...Who doesn't love "Holly, Jolly Christmas"...I mean really?
I thought Madonna's "Santa Baby" (one of the few Madonna songs I can stomach) was the original. Found out Eartha Kitt sang it many years before the Material Girl did. (And did a much better job of it, too.)
The bottom line is that I am not one for "mellow" type music...except when it comes to my holiday tunes. For the yuletide soundtrack of my life, I find myself seeking out Johnny Mathis, Andy Williams, Perry Como - people who, not to take away from their talent, are usually just not my cup of tea. I thinkit is the "traditional" girl in me. Not to mention, Sammy hasn't really put out any good Christmas albums lately.
What's your favorite Christmas song(s) and why?