Monday, November 30, 2009

From the vault: I want an unfunky Yuletide

(I've posted this almost every year since I began blogging. It's my way of kicking off the holiday season.

New to my holiday rotation last year was A Colbert Christmas, the soundtrack to Stephen Colbert's hilarious holiday special (See John Legend singing "Nutmeg."), and Winter Songs a compilation of mostly traditional holiday songs by indie female singers like Brandi Carlile.

I'm on the lookout for new classics this year. Recommendations are appreciated.)

Originally published in 2007

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, Johnny Mathis, Bing Crosby 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, no metal version of "Little Drummer Boy," no "Silent Night" (DJ Buck Nasty Remix). "The Nutcracker Suite," "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.


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