Thursday, December 9, 2010

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. 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), no Lil Wayne "Crunktastic Christmas" or Blackeyed Peas "Imma Be Home for the Holidays." "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.

5 comments:

Symphony said...

I definitely agree Tami. I love the traditional Christmas songs. There is a serenity they bring to the soul.

Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas" does perk me up around the holidays.

Carolyn said...

I agree with you Tami, however, The Temptations' Christmas Album ("Give Love on Christmas" and "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer") and Charlie Brown Xmas lilts by Vince Guaraldi Trio reminds me of my now adult children's early years. Wonderful memories. Merry Christmas!

Hipkat said...

I hope you consider Eartha Kitt's "Santa Baby" a traditional tune. I love that one!

anitra_larae said...

Amen (as my mother would say). At macy*s they are playing every second-rate Disnickelodeon bit-player's !!!New X-Mas Hit!!! and stupid re-mixes of classics. Harry Connick Jr and Brian Setzer is about as close as we get to "Traditional". Urgh.

AndreaPlaid said...

"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), no Lil Wayne 'Crunktastic Christmas' or Blackeyed Peas 'Imma Be Home for the Holidays.'"

*DEAD DEAD DEAD DEAD DEAD* Tami, I adore you for this statement....and you owe me a monitor!

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