I posted this last holiday season, but now that it's time to break out the holiday mp3s, I thought I'd run it again. New to my playlist this year: A Colbert Christmas, the soundtrack to Stephen Colbert's freakin' funny holiday special (See John Legend singing "Nutmeg."), and Winter Songs a compilation of mostly traditional holiday songs by indie female singers like Brandi Carlisle.
I like my Christmas and my carols classic.
Today, my nieces and nephew came over and we made gingerbread houses and decorated my tree while listening to holiday tunes--classic tunes. I mean real classic, like from before I was born or when I was a little Tami. I'm talking Nat King Cole and Burl Ives classic, with a smidge of Donny Hathaway. I don't want my carols funked up. I don't want to hear any multi-octave melismas, no rapping breakdown. The Nutcracker, A Rat Pack Christmas and Carpenters Christmas Portrait have been in heavy rotation on my iPod this week.
Yeah, I said the Carpenters, and I'm not ashamed. Karen Carpenter has one of the most beautiful voices I've ever heard and I love to hear her sing "Merry Christmas, Darling." Speaking of beautiful voices, I love David Bowie's voice on "Little Drummer Boy" below. He sounds so sweet; not his usual freaky self. This is my all-time favorite version of the song.