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    Cyburbian Emeritus Bear Up North's avatar
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    Christmas Music Thread

    About a week before Thanksgiving, Katie started to bombard me with Christmas music. It makes her feel good.

    I like Christmas music. A lot of different artists with a whole lot of different interpretations of classics.....as well as fun new holiday songs.

    Bear's favorites include, but are not limited to:

    White Christmas - Bing Crosby
    Winter Wonderland - Johnny Mathis
    Frosty The Snowman - ???
    Jewel's Christmas Album

    For those of you who celebrate Christmas (oh that Bear, always politically correct mumbo-jumbo).....what are your faves?

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    I listen to Christmas music all year round...not on purpose, though. Songs just happen to pop up in the iPod list, so sometimes I roll with it. My faves are...

    What Christmas Means to Me--Stevie Wonder
    Cool Yule--Louis Armstrong and/or Matt Dusk
    Happy Holiday--Bing Crosby
    Welcome Christmas--Boris Karloff (from the Grinch)
    The Christmas Song--Nat King Cole
    Christmas Time Is Here--Alvin & the Chipmunks (with no apologies)
    White Christmas--Bing Crosby
    Ave Maria--Harry Connick Jr.
    Sleigh Ride--instrumental

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    The older I get, the more I prefer traditional Christmas hymns to the secular holiday music. As soon as Thanksgiving is over, I'll start cranking the Mormon Tabernacle Choir cd's.

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    Here's last year's thread for those who need a little help remembering.......
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    Quote Originally posted by Planderella
    Here's last year's thread for those who need a little help remembering.......
    How embarrassing, I replied last year too!

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    Charlie Brown Christmas - tops my list every year
    Star Bright (I think that's the title) - Vanessa Williams
    Joy to the World - the Boston Pops (with Robin WIlliams narrating The Night Before Christmas)
    The London Symphony Orchestra playing seasonal music (3 CD set from Victoria's Secret)
    Don't know the name of the CD, but it has a bundle of XMas lights on front - features Doris Day, Ertha Kitt, etc. singing Santa Baby, Winter Wonderland, etc.


    As the season progresses, and I get bombarded with excessive commercial version of Christmas music, I switch over to the more classical style. No specific composer, but Mozart, Bach and Beethoven get steady rotation. I'm always open to recommendations in this category!!


    I love to decorate for the holiday season, but I refuse to use anything that plays that tinny, muzak version of any Christmas song. That drivel drives me insane!!!
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    My least favorite tradtional Christmas song is '12 days of Christmas'. My favorite is 'Mele Kalikimaka' (thanks Bing)
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    "Bells Will Be Ringing" - Eagles

    Good Christmas song.
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    I've got a Christmas album double CD with all the classics (White Christmas, Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree, etc.)

    A more religious Christmas CD with stuff like Silent Night, Joy to the World, etc.

    My favorites though:
    Manheim(sp?) Steamroller.
    Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

    I've got tix to Trans-Siberian Orchestra this year (won them on a radio show). I've always wanted to go.

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    Gloria in Excelsis Deo, especially live in an old, accoustically-sound church.

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    Quote Originally posted by Suburb Repairman
    I've got a Christmas album double CD with all the classics (White Christmas, Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree, etc.)

    A more religious Christmas CD with stuff like Silent Night, Joy to the World, etc.

    My favorites though:
    Manheim(sp?) Steamroller.
    Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

    I've got tix to Trans-Siberian Orchestra this year (won them on a radio show). I've always wanted to go.

    'Burb Fixer rockin' out
    The big cheese from Manheim Steamroller, Chip Whathisnameanyway, is from Sylvania, OH, a suburb of Toledo, OH. Rush Limbaugh's favorite Christmas albums, BTW.

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    Two of my favorites are Carole of the Bells and O come, O come Immanuel

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    In no particular order

    Greg Lake - I Believe In Father Christmas
    The Pretenders - 2000 Miles
    Smashing Pumpkins -Christmastime?
    Paul McCartney - Simply Having a Wondeful Christmastime
    U-2 - This Christmas, Baby Please Come Home

    I also like those novely X-Mas songs like The Twelve Pains of X-Mas by ???? and Christmas At Ground Zero by Wierd Al Yankovic.

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    Ok I am gonna post my favorites beofore I look at last year's thread and see if they have changed over the course of the year:

    Christmas in Hollis - RunDMC
    Merry Christmas (I Don't Wanna Fight Tonight) - The Ramones
    Sleigh Ride - Johnny Mathis
    Holly Jolly Christmas - Burl Ives
    Christmas Is - RunDMC
    Winter Wonderland - Darlene Love (from Phil Spector's 'A Christmas Gift For You')
    Little Saint Nick - Beach Boys
    Santa Bring My Baby Back To Me - Elvis

    Ok- now here are last years:

    My favorite modern Christmas songs are:

    Run DMC - Christmas In Hollis (usually the 1st x-mas song I listen to each year)
    Blink 182 - I won't Be Home For Christmas
    Kinks - Father Christmas
    Pogues - Fairytale Of New York
    Ramones - Merry Christmas (I Don't Wanna Fight Tonight)
    MXPX - Christmas Day
    Nerf Herder - Santa's Got a Mullett

    Classic:
    Johnny Mathis - Sleigh Ride and Winter Wonderland
    Anything by the Rat Pack
    Burl Ives - Holly Jolly Christmas and Silver and Gold



    The classics have remained the same, the modern songs have changed a bit.
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    Did ya know that Chip _____ once went by the nom de plume "CW McCall" and dished up a string of novelty hits in the 70's like "Convoy" and "Wolf Creek Pass?"

    Quote Originally posted by Bear Up North
    The big cheese from Manheim Steamroller, Chip Whathisnameanyway, is from Sylvania, OH, a suburb of Toledo, OH. Rush Limbaugh's favorite Christmas albums, BTW.

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    SAC, the words to Greg Lake's song pretty much say it all. As to what I listen to, the local contempory cristian radio station will move to all Cristmas music around Thanksgiving and I usually wish these songs would be on the playlist year-round. Sometimes I just like happy feel good music.

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    Gloria in Excelsis Deo, especially live in an old, accoustically-sound church.
    I'll be visiting a church xmas eve just for this song! some others as well.

    I'm always up for a Jerry X-mas

    Bing Crosby

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    "Happy Christmas (War is Over) -- John Lennon
    "Christmas Wrapping" -- The Waitresses
    White Christmas
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    Winter Wonderland

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    Has anyone heard of Swingerhead? They are a local Florida big band, jazz group. They have a great Christmas CD.
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    Quote Originally posted by The Irish One
    I'll be visiting a church xmas eve just for this song! some others as well.

    I'm always up for a Jerry X-mas

    Bing Crosby
    I've always liked good, etherial 'choir' sung versions of 'O Holy Night' and 'Little Drummer Boy'. I'll also second the list of traditional songs as sung by the local church choir at Mass.

    As for more contemporary stuff, the list of songs by Burl Ives is always good, as well as 'Christmastime is here' from It's a Charlie Brown Christmas. Also such songs, done as non-commercially as possible, as 'I'll Be Home For Christmas' as well as the old Bing Crosby stuff.

    I am very much the traditionalist on these sorts of things.



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    My favorite one right now is Jack Johnson's verison of Rudolph, the Red Nose Reindeer

    Johnson's lyrics:

    Rudolph the red nosed reindeer
    Had a very shiny nose
    And if you ever saw it
    You might even say it glows
    And all of the other reindeer
    Used to laugh and call him names
    They never let poor Rudolph
    Join in any reindeer games

    But then one foggy Christmas Eve
    Santa, he came to say
    "Rudolph with your nose so bright..
    Won't you guide my sleigh tonight?"

    Then how the reindeers loved him
    As they shouted out with glee
    "Rudolph the red nosed reindeer
    You'll go down in history"

    But Rudolph, he didn't go for that
    He said, "I see through your silly games
    How can you look me in the face
    When only yesterday, you called me names?"
    And all of the other reindeers, man, well they sure did feel ashamed
    "Rudolph, you know we're sorry
    We're truly gonna try to change"


    The last stanza was added by Jack Johnson, and l like the addition. It makes the song more "real".
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    Quote Originally posted by Salmissra
    Charlie Brown Christmas
    By the Vince Guaraldi Trio -- Ditto

    Quote Originally posted by Super Amputee
    Greg Lake - I Believe In Father Christmas
    Ditto

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    Heard the most hilarious Christmas song tonight - "My First Christmas as a Woman", by The Vandals. Hilarious I tell you!

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    I am your typical one verse caroler. I enjoy singing about any of the traditional ones.
    I grade school we had a cranky old music teacher that thought it wasn't Christmas unless the choir sang Handel's Messiah. She was pretty grouchy about it but man did she ever whup us into shape and we sure did sing it pretty. So I get a bit nastalgic when I hear that.
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    I don't hate Christmas music... I just don't like the same songs over and over and over again. I enjoy hearing new versions of Christmas songs. I do enjoy the Trans-Siberian Orchestra though.
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