Posts Tagged ‘Christmas music’

If We Make It Through December

December 29, 2020

“If We Make It Through December” written and recorded by Merle Haggard, 1973. Johnny Gimble on fiddle, Bobby Wayne on lead guitar.

“I got laid off down at the factory
And their timing’s not the greatest in the world
Heaven knows I been workin’ hard
I wanted Christmas to be right for daddy’s girl
Now I don’t mean to hate December
It’s meant to be the happy time of year
And why my little girl don’t understand
Why daddy can’t afford no Christmas here.”

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Presents For Christmas

December 28, 2020

“Presents For Christmas,” recorded by Solomon Burke in 1966.

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A Christmas Twist

December 28, 2020

“A Christmas Twist,” by Si Cranstoun.

Si Cranstoun website

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Last Christmas

December 28, 2020

“Last Christmas,” written by George Michael, arranged by Scott Bradlee for his Postmodern Jukebox.

Postmodern Jukebox website

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Santa Claus Got Stuck in My Chimney

December 27, 2020

“Santa Claus Got Stuck in My Chimney,” written by William D.Hardy and Billy Moore, Jr.  Ella Fitzgerald sings the hokey tune with a sense of innocence in this recording, sounding younger than her years in this 1950 recording, accompanied by The Ink Spots.

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Merry Christmas Baby

December 26, 2020

“Merry Christmas Baby,” written by Lou Baxter and Johnny Moore, performed by Ray Charles at Ettal Abbey in Bavaria in 1979.

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Christmas at the Airport

December 26, 2020

Nick Lowe’s 2013 Christmas song is based on a real travel experience. Nick recorded a strangely-moving solo acoustic version for Fordham University’s WFUV-FM.

Video: Writer/Director Scott Jacobson; Director of Animation: Matthew I. Jenkins; Animation, Composite and Effects: Travis Fowler, Brendan Davis, Joe Coleman of Bark-Bark.

Nick Lowe website

2020 note: Stay the hell home this Christmas. COVID-19 is not an appropriate yuletide gift.

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Christmastime For the Jews

December 25, 2020

“Christmastime for the Jews,” a Robert Smigel stop-action animation featuring the voice of Darlene Love in a “Wall of Sound” production, from a  2005 Saturday Night Live episode (lyrics here).

Gut yom tov to all, and to all a good night.

Related:

“Why American Jews Eat Chinese Food on Christmas,” Adam Chandler, The Atlantic

“The history of Jews, Chinese food, and Christmas, explained by a rabbi,” Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox

“The War on Jewish Christmas must be stopped,” Daniel W. Drezner,Washington Post

“Are Jews Doomed to Lose the War on Jewish Christmas?” Paul Waldman, The American Prospect

“Why ‘Jewish Christmas’ (Movies and Chinese Food) is Going Mainstream,”  Sarah Seltzer, Flavorwire

“Fa-La-La-L’Chaim: Why It’s Okay For Jews to Celebrate Christmas,”
Charlotte Alter, TIME

“Holy Night: The little-known Jewish holiday of Christmas Eve. Seriously.” Benyamin Cohen, Slate

“Nittel Nacht: The Jewish Christmas Eve,” Matthew Wills, JSTOR Daily

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Christmas in Prison

December 25, 2020

“Christmas In Prison,” written by John Prine, performed by Amos Lee, 2013.

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Merry Christmas Baby

December 25, 2020

“Merry Christmas Baby,” written by Lou Baxter (Andrew Whitson Griffith) and Johnny Moore, recorded by Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers, 1947. Charles Brown (vocal, piano) Johnny Moore (guitar) and Eddie Williams (bass).

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