Tuesday, December 2, 2008

An oldie but goodie: I want an unfunky Yuletide

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.


9 comments:

MacDaddy said...

Last year I bought a blues Christmas CD, which had about 15 songs on it. A few songs were okay, but most were trash. For example, it had Rufus Thomas (remember him?) singing a song called "Santa Claus wants some lovin." I went back to the store and got a Christmas CD by Nat King Cole.

I also like listening to Charles Brown.

Ferocious Kitty said...

I'm just about to bust out my Christmas classics CD, the unfunky version, to put in the car. That said, Take 6's a cappella "He is Christmas" is in heavy rotation here every year.

Over Thanksgiving, my boyfriend's tween daughter made my ears cry with Chris Brown's "This Christmas". Sorry--only Donny can do that.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Tami for this real gem of David Bowie and Bing Crosby. The best thing about Christmas is the incredibly beautiful music that fills the air.

For a brief time, we are spared the musical assault, and suddenly trumpets, choirs and violins become "mainstream" for a brief moment each year.

I too hate the "tash" music that gets cranked out at Christmas time.
Josh Groban's "Little Drummer Boy" is great too!!!

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Ferocious Kitty said...

Update: My 4th grader is working on a school project and her chosen subject is Ella Fitzgerald. To enjoy while we work, we downloaded "Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas." Fun times...

Lady C said...

I have Nat King Cole's Christmas CD. I bought it 3 years ago, and I still love it.

My husband is a fan of the Supremes (Diana, Flo, and Mary), so I found a copy of their first Christmas Album on CD.

I don't like funky versions of Christmas songs, so I don't listen to a lot of radio. The radio in my car is tuned to the classical station, so I don't get bombarded with crap during the season. (lol)

JenX67 said...

Someone always feels the need to funk it up, huh? I'm singing at a funeral next week and lo and behold, the track to which I'm singing, the classic hymnn, I'd Rather Have Jesus, has been all funked up. I'm like, "Can I sing a capella? But, I do like what TranSiberian did with Canon D.

MacDaddy said...

I like the Christmas CD by The Five Blind Boys. It's standard Christmas songs but with a real down-home, gospel flavor.

Lady C said...

MacDaddy, my aunt was a real fan of James Brown. I really didn't understand why until I saw a collection of her records (45 rpm's). James Brown could sing a ballad like nobody's business, and I bet a lot of people don't know that.

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