Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

It’s Christmas Time for Everyone But Me

December 26, 2020

“It’s Christmas Time for Everyone But Me,” written by Dixie Deen and Ray King, best known for their truck driving songs, performed here by Buck Owens, king of the Bakersfield Sound. Don’t get confused by the Hank Ballard R&B tune of the same name.
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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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Christmas Time Is Here

December 26, 2020

“Christmas Time Is Here,”  written by Lee Mendelson and Vince Guaraldi, recorded by Khruangbin, 2018. Video by Nathan David Smith.

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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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Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem

December 25, 2020

“Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem,” written by Arthur L. Phipps, performed by Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys.

The Judds also have an excellent version.

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Sweet Jesus Child

December 25, 2020

“Sweet Little Jesus Boy (Sweet Little Baby Boy),” written by Robert MacGimsey, performed by Tyrese Gibson, 2013.

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Twinkle (Little Christmas Lights)

December 24, 2020

“Twinkle (Little Christmas Lights),” written and performed by JD McPherson.

JD McPherson website

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

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Ain’t No Chimneys In The Projects

December 24, 2020

“Ain’t No Chimneys In The Projects,” written by Sharon Jones and Bosco Mann (Gabriel Roth), performed by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, released as the Daptone Records 2009 Christmas 45 (DAP-1048). The video was animated and directed by Ryan Louie.

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