All right, folks, here’s the second, official Christmas edition of the beloved “Holiday Hits” series. Mind you this is the official CHRISTMAS edition so don’t expect song-listings for other December-related holidays. You’ll find separate editions of this series for Hanukkah, Pearl Harbor Day, The First Day of Winter, New Year’s and even Kwanzaa elsewhere. (You can mix ‘em up a little as your favorite music mixer does at home but here they’ll generally be kept separate.) This is just for Christmas—Jesus and Santa—mmmkay? In no particular order, here are the suggested seasonal songs:
“Salvation in the Skies”—VK Lynne: This is from her 2008 disc titled Whiskey Or Water. Lynne, like your Kris Kringle chronicler, was raised in Pennsylvania but moved to Los Angeles to further her career and share her talents with the world. Odds are no one on your guest list has heard this up-and-comer’s seasonal selection.
“Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer”–The Fab Four: This one is the lead-in tto the A Fab Four Christmas: The Ultimate Beatles Tribute, Vol.1. As regular readers know, no music mis is complete without a Beatles-related tune.
“All I Want For Christmas Is New Years Day”—Hurts: This is a synthpop tune. The song is about the UK duo’s worst Christmas and was released on their BEST Christmas—or so they claim, at any rate. It took the iTunes title of “Single of the Week” in 2010. It slotted in at number 67 in Austria. Chances are none of your guests will have heard of this one.
“Driving Home For Christmas”—Chris Rea: Better known for his hit song, “Fool (If You Think It’s Over)”, this is a seasonal son that charted in the UK in 1988 and then again in 2007.
“Shake Up Christmas”—Train: This is from late in 2010. It’s known to some as “The Coke Xmas Anthem”. It’s still fairly new to some folks, believe it or not. Even if it isn’t that’s OK because some kind of Coke tune is tradition by now.
“I Met An Angel (On Christmas Day)”– Celine Dion: This is by the diva Dion and adds a female vocalist to the mix. Besides, even if you don’t like her I am betting your grandma will. It doesn’t hurt to have a jazzy tune about something heavenly on your playlist either.
“Feliz Navidad”– Jose Feliciano: Your Christmas cut chronicler spends a lot of time in his “Stupid Questions” series discussing the issue of illegal aliens. Nevertheless, there is nothing wrong with including a track like this for those LEGAL residents who have not yet managed to learn the language of THIS country: English.
“White Christmas”—Bing Crosby: Hey, there’s nothing wrong with an old school traditional 1954 track to balance out the really cool new stuff. Besides, chances are most of your guests won’t even know who Bing Crosby was. Hey! Today a lot of kids don’t even know who Adolph Hitler was, ya know?
“Silent Night”—Johnny Cash: This one is a cover of a classic. You get not only a classic cut here but you also get a country cut. Hey, Cash covered all sorts of really cool artists so why not include this one, right?
“Christmasland”—Tony Bennett: This one is from 1994. It not only throws in a different generation of singers but also a different genre of vocalist. Variety is the spice of life, folks.
“Ave Maria”– Paul Potts: Here is a more spiritual piece. It’ll make your Mom happy to hear something “nice”, all right? Besides, when was the last time you ever included an operatic performer in your holiday hit list?
“Go Tell It On The Mountain”—Simon and Garfunkel: This is not a tune that one immediately associates with these guys and yet their work should be welcome in any holiday mix. A bit of remembering who was “born” can’t hurt anyone either.
“Here Comes Santa Claus”—Bob Dylan: If you know Dylan then you must know that you really need to hear this one at least once! The original song—by Gene Autrey goes back to 1947. Dylan did it back in 2009. (Hey! It’s either Dylan or Alvin—YOU decide!)
“Hey Santa!”—Chris Isaak: This one goes back to 2005. It’s a just a small touch of white soul. Again, this is not the seasonal selection one most readily associates with Isaak assuming, of course, one even normally includes him on the holiday hit list.
“Christmas Day”—Dido: Here we throw in yet another female vocalist. She co-wrote this one. She even released a “kid version” if you’re interested.
“Happy Christmas, Happy New Year” –Paul McCartney/The Beatles: This is a tune by McCartney. It is off of the 1968 Christmas record originally only sent out to members of The Beatles Fan Club. Again, no mix is truly complete without a Beatles-related track. (You could pull out this specific song or just add the entire 1968 record if you’re a Beatles fan.
There you have it, folks. There are enough tracks here to fill a blank CD and still allow you to include the Christmas songs that you simply cannot live without, okay? Get burning and soon you’ll have a super seasonal CD that will be just perfect for your Christmas cavorting!
Merry Christmas! (If you see Jesus, tell him to have a happy one for me!) Seriously . . . I hope you have a nice holiday, oh friendly, faithful regular readers!
My name is Phoenix and . . . that’s the bottom line.