We’ve been good, but we can’t last

Here’s Matthew Hagee performing “Let It Snow“:

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Needs more theremin.

There’s plenty more where that came from in the hour-long “Christmas With the Hagees” special, featuring the entire Hagee clan, including Matthew and his dad, mega-church pastor John Hagee. It’s a chance to see what life is like at home for televangelists when they’re not railing against evil homosexuals or warning that the Great Tribulation is going to start at any moment.

I don’t care for Matt Hagee’s religious-right preaching, but he’s got a nice voice. Kind of reminds me of Kurt from Glee, if Chris Colfer were middle-aged and rabidly anti-gay.

• Addie Zierman’s “A Merry Little Evangelical Christmas” is in many ways familiar, but her childhood memories of the evangelical subculture are from a different decade than mine.

Her list would also have marked her as dangerously liberal in the circles I grew up in. Zierman cites Amy Grant’s Home for Christmas album as a holiday staple. That came out in 1992 — meaning it is post-Lead Me On and therefore officially controversial. Worse than that, it’s post-Heart in Motion. After “Baby, Baby,” even Amy Grant’s 1983 A Christmas Album became anathema for some of the folks at my church.

• Brandon Hook shares his picks for “Christmas Music That Isn’t Horrible.”

Amanda McInnis says Twisted Sister’s “O Come All Ye Faithful” may be “the strangest, creepiest, incongruous music video ever.” I can’t argue with that (but I’d be happy to hear other candidates).

Public Policy Polling has a bit of frivolous fun with Christmas music:

If voters saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus, 43 percent would tell Daddy, 40 percent would not and 17 percent weren’t sure.

When asked, “If Grandma got run over by a reindeer, would you press charges against Santa?” 61 percent would not press charges, to 24 percent who would. 33 percent of Democrats would press charges compared to 19 percent of Republicans.

PPP also found that the Chipmunk’s rendition of “Christmas Don’t Be Late” is regarded as the most annoying Christmas song, with 36 percent finding it unbearable compared to runner-up “Santa Baby” at 13 percent. The Chipmunk song was also the last Christmas song to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 U.S. Singles chart, in 1958.

Rosie Thomas’ version of the song is gorgeous and not at all annoying. Thomas’ rendition adds a verse and makes it more explicit, but even the annoying Chipmunks version — once you get past the 78-rpm gimmick — is structured as something like an Advent prayer:

We’ve been good, but we can’t last
Hurry Christmas, hurry fast …

That is, as the rabbi said, a kind of “quasi-exilic yearning.”

• This isn’t music- related, but Rebecca Trotter has a beautiful story about Santa Claus. It reminds me of Goblinbooks uncharacteristically cheerful post about the Santa conspiracy. The point isn’t to believe in Santa, but to act like Santa. “Welcome. … You will spend the rest of your life doing wonderful things.” Ho ho ho.

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  • Mary Kaye

    Yesterday I opened the front door and the two young daughters of one of my neighbors, whom I hardly know, sang what sounded like “Costco Bells” to me.  (Swedish, maybe?)  Then they giggled and gave me a bag of cookies and went away.

    I almost cried, because things have been tough in my household, and it’s been a long time since I could do anything for another family–people I hardly know, as the cosca-belles hardly know me–I’m too caught up in my own troubles.  Bless them.

  • http://hummingwolf.livejournal.com/ Hummingwolf

    “Cascabeles” is the Spanish version of “Jingle Bells” that I learned in school.

    Cascabeles, cascabeles, tra la la la la
    Que alegría todo el día, que felicidad, Ay
    Cascabeles, cascabeles, tra la la la la
    Que alegría todo el día, que felicidad!

  • http://blog.trenchcoatsoft.com Ross

    I recently read the observation that on the UK charts in 1979, ‘Wonderful Christmastime’  was held back at number 2, being beaten out for the top spot by “Rapper’s Delight”.  Which means that “Wonderful Christmastime” is such a terrible christmas song that British people would rather listen to rap.

  • Tricksterson

    But that was back when rap had a sense of humor.  Alsoan actual message at times, although not with “Rappers Delight”.

  • http://www.pinkocrat.wordpress.com/ pinkocrat
  • Tricksterson

    Creepiest. Elf.  Ever.

  • John Small Berries

    “Wonderful Christmastime” is definitely my least favorite. Mainly because if I hear it, then for hours afterwards, that five-word phrase just repeats endlessly in my head, like a form of torture, and my go-to earworm cleanser (“Spanish Flea”) can’t even drive it out. Just THINKING about the song can get it going.

    The Gloucester[shire] Wassail has been my favorite ever since high school, when we sang it in the madrigal choir.

  • Amaryllis

     I’m fond of wassail songs too.

    I like the apple-tree wassails, with all that gorgeous abundance:

    Bud and blossom, bud and blossom, bud and bloom and bear,
    We hope you will have plenty of apples all next year,
    Hatfuls and in capfuls and in bushel bags and all,
    And the cider running out of every hole.

    Here’s the Watersons with one version.

    Also the “Gower Wassail,” with it’s mysterious version of GPS:

    We know by the moon that we are not too soon

    And we know by the sky that we are not too high

    And we know by the star that we are not too far

    And we know by the ground that we are within sound.
    Steeleye Span’s version.

    A rwodier take on it: Waes Hael – blue Horses

    And, of course, the “Boulder Wassail”:”
    our bread it is wheat and our rice it is brown

    I’ve got a bunch of others, too. I really do have a ton of Christmas music.

  • Shantastic

    I can’t quite decide whether the version of Let it Snow Fred linked to is painfully earnest, deliciously campy, or both. It seems weird that the two should exist simultaneously in my head, but there it is.

    I never thought of “Christmas Don’t be Late” as an Advent song, either, until just now. Somehow, I suspect that the lovely but very conservative Catholic I spent last weekend with wouldn’t quite see it that way though.

  • Tricksterson

    Well, he referenced Glee and that too manages to be both painfully earnest and deliciously campy.

  • Lori

    As long as we’re talking about horrible and/or creepy Christmas music I’m going to get this off my chest—I hate “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” with the kind of white hot fiery loathing that other folks feel for “Baby It’s Cold Outside.”*

    The kid’s glee at the thought of his father catching his mother cheating is just gross and has always felt incredibly misogynist to me. I have no idea why it’s considered cute or festive. The fact that, unbeknownst to him, Santa Claus is daddy doesn’t change that little shit’s feelings about his mother one iota.  That’s not my idea of adorable holiday fun.

    I hate that it’s considered a Christmas staple and therefore in heavy rotation in stores and during the (wretched in every way) month+ of 24/7 Christmas music that some radio stations insist on doing.  I would give a great deal to be able to make it through a year without ever hearing that nasty bit of tripe. Sadly that seems unlikely to happen unless I actually figure out a way to become a hermit who never leaves the house in November or December.

    *I don’t much like BICO either, but I don’t feel particularly strongly about it.

  • vsm

     There’s also the voyeurism angle. Makes me think of Yukio Mishima’s The Sailor who Fell from Grace with the Sea, which is probably not the ideal association for a Christmas song.

    I was recently in a situation where I had to listen to Wham!’s Last Christmas over and over again. Turns out it’s actually a really bitter song. Even then I’d still rather not hear it again for at least a year.

  • Eamon Knight

     As long as we’re talking about horrible and/or creepy Christmas music….

    ….I’ll add “Baby it’s cold outside” — ‘cuz what’s the Festive Season without undertones of date rape?

  • Jenny Islander

    I have heard a recording that takes the curse off by having the two singers switch parts somewhere in the middle and sing the whole thing in such a way that it’s obvious that they’re trying to find excuses to stay the night together the whole time.  But, yeah, Date Rape Song.

  • http://blog.trenchcoatsoft.com Ross

     For me, the line “At least I’m gonna say that I tried” makes the song just about salvageable if it’s delivered correctly, since it’s very clear that the subtext there is meant to be “This ‘conflict’ is a social ritual because it is unacceptable for a woman to admit to wanting sex,” (Which is problematic in an entirely different way. It’d be fun to see a rendition that reversed the roles and played up that aspect).  Blow that line and it’s game-over. Nail it, and you’ve got a fighting chance to make the song something other than utterly reprehsensible.

  • Tricksterson

    I think it depends on the individual interpretation.  Certainly it can come across that way but it doesnt have to.

  • Carstonio

    What about a parody version where the woman tasers the man, something like Bob Dylan’s Duquesne Whistle?

  • Tricksterson

    Or like this?:

    “http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJ1SBAO1HU

  • EllieMurasaki

    I clicked that link and it says the video doesn’t exist.

  • SusannaFraser

    The worst Christmas song ever is “Christmas Shoes.”  With the other ones I don’t like, I can at least see how someone of a different generation, someone who liked different musical styles, someone with a different set of associations, etc. might get something out of them. But that one…it’s just appalling. The narrator thinks God sent a poor little boy with a dying mom to show *him* what Christmas is all about?!

  • http://hummingwolf.livejournal.com/ Hummingwolf

    After reading various lists of people’s most-loved and most-hated Christmas songs, I am happy–nay, I am overjoyed–to be able to say that I do not know the song “The Christmas Shoes.” No, I don’t want to know it either. Thank you very much, universe at large, for sparing me that.

    I also hate “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” though I can’t say quite what I’d do if I did see Mommy kissing Santa Claus because Mom died when I was a teenager and Dad died about a decade later. If I saw any of those three people, I’d probably assume I was having my most elaborate hallucination ever. (My most-elaborate hallucation to date was audio-only and was experienced when I was sleep-deprived, taking multiple prescription drugs I’d gotten from the ER a few days earlier, and not yet diagnosed with epilepsy. The music was lovely and I was upset when I realized I’d never be able to get it on CD.)

  • Will Hennessy

    Whenever I hear people complain about “taking the ‘holiday’ back for Jesus” or “keeping Christ in Christmas,” my mind automatically goes to giving them what they want…

    “I saw mommy kissing Jesus Christ…”
    “Here comes Jesus Christ, here comes Jesus Christ, right down Jesus Christ lane…”
    “Jesus, it’s cold outside…”
    “Jesus, the hook-nosed savior…” (sorry about that one, a little too off-color)

    …and so on.

  • LL

    I dislike “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” also. I’ve always thought it was kinda creepy.

  • Tricksterson

    I like the Bloom County version:  “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus So I blew Him Away”

  • Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh

    “Gaudete” is a pretty awesome Renaissance/medieval Christmas hymn.  Check this version out by Steeleye Span, with thick British-accented Latin.

  • Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh

    err, that would be here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDc2FD-vy8M

  • Nequam

    My only observation at this point is that thanks to the wonder and beauty that is the Internet, I know now that there are two Christmas songs about fisting.

  • Guest

    ‘God rest ye merry gentlemen’ by Annie Lennox has a rather strange video.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlsJD8RlhbI

  • Tricksterson

    I love this!  Ther song is one of my favorite carols combined with a video showing pagan roots a hundred feet deep.  plus of course Annie Lennox showing once again that she is composed of 100% distilled coolness.

  • Will Hennessy

    Also, after reading the lyrics to “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” due to playing it in church on Sunday, I now want to hear the version of the Christmas story that has all the shepherds getting fired the following day for gross incompetence, due to their ‘(leaving) their flocks a-feeding in tempest, storm and wind’…

    “Let me get this straight… you dragged the sheep out of the barn in the middle of the night in the middle of winter… and then left them out there in the middle of the night to go to a baby shower for a woman you’ve never met?”

  • http://profiles.google.com/marc.k.mielke Marc Mielke

    I’m quite fond of the variant “I Saw Mommy Kissing Yog-Sothoth”, myself. 
    But, really, Twisted Sister seems absurdly mainstream compared to Christopher Lee’s new album of heavy metal Christmas songs. 

    Lee was recruited by the Italian Power Metal band Rhapsody of Fire to do voiceovers in some of their songs. If you take a look at Rhapsody’s lyrics and website, it’s entirely possible their albums are all based on the band’s D&D campaign, so can’t blame ’em here: I’d be pretty stoked to get Christopher Lee to voice my Rolemaster Evil Magician character too!

    http://www.inquisitr.com/451173/christopher-lee-releases-heavy-metal-christmas-tracks/

  • banancat

    This seems like as good a place as any to make this request.  I really want to find a certain version of Greensleeves and/or What Child Is This?  Specifically, I am looking for a version that has lyrics (either or both) but isn’t too slow.  And one that stays pretty close to the traditional version, without  a lot of artistic license.  No kids singing, but a choir or individual man or woman on vocals would be great.  If anyone can find this perfect combination, I would be grateful.

  • Guest

    Joan Baez sang a version on her Chrsitmas album, Noël, that might fit the bill.  I can’t find it online at first glance but maybe someone else will have better luck.

  • Andrea

     There’s a lovely Vanessa Williams version, but it might still be too slow or stylized for your taste.

  • spinetingler

     Have you heard Mark Lindsay’s version? (He was the lead singer in Paul Revere and the Raiders).

    I posted the full album on my blog a few years ago – his song is near the end of the second side:

    http://audioarchives.blogspot.com/2009/12/goin-to-grocery-store-to-get-me.html

  • lalouve

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGoHjHq8zqA
    Christina Högman made a record with Jacob Lindberg, Fair, sweet, cruel.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sue-White/1605859612 Sue White

    As far as I’m concerned, “Jingle Bells” is the most annoying so-called Christmas song of all time.  Because it is SO overplayed.  And these days a songwriter can’t seem to produce a new song about the holidays without throwing in a few bars of “Jingle Bells” at the end.  Last week at the store,  they played some old Christmas movie on a DVD player on display, with a soundtrack that was about an hour and a half of friggin’ “Jingle Bells”.  I was relieved when they went back to showing “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians” for the umpteenth time. :-D

  • EllieMurasaki

    Check out the Straight No Chaser Christmas CD. They loathe Jingle Bells too, so they’re going for a speed record in singing it, it’s hilarious. And they’ve got a bunch of nontraditional comic Christmas songs too. Best ever.
    …I’ma go find that and listen to it now.

  • Andrea

     Agreed, I LOVE Straight No Chaser’s Christmas albums. I slightly prefer Holiday Spirits (with the live 12 Days thing) over Christmas Cheers (the one with Jingle Bells and the Grinch song), but they’re both great.

  • Jeff Weskamp

    I recommend Annie Lennox’s rendition of “Walking in a Winter Wonderland.”

  • http://jamoche.dreamwidth.org/ Jamoche

    After being stuck for two hours in a beauty salon playing Christmas songs, I’ve decided the holiday must actually be “criss-miss” because that pronunciation dominated.

  • John

    I’m rather fond of the Tori Amos Christmas album, “Midwinter Graces.”

  • Akili

    Noel didn’t even make the list? At least other Christmas songs manage to have lyrics that change a bit.

  • Sgt. Pepper’s Bleeding Heart

    I dislike “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”. Don’t care for the tune, but mainly–get your own damn figgy pudding and learn some manners!

  • Paul Bibeau

    Extortion is not what this holiday is about, people. Unless your mom is telling you to take out the nosering for church, or she’s going to put you at the kids table this year, even though you’re 28.

  • Amaryllis

     Unless your mom is telling you to take out the nosering for church, or
    she’s going to put you at the kids table this year

    * makes note of suggestion *

  • Tricksterson

    Well, it’s not what it should be about

  • Amaryllis

    get your own damn figgy pudding and learn some manners!

    I think of that as a derivation from the kind of wassail song that has the wassailers making sure that the lord of the manor, for once in the year, shares some of the good stuff. As in, We’ve been your hard-working peasants all year, it’s the least you can do, so…

    O master and missus, it is our desire,
    A good loaf and cheese, and a toast by the fire.

    Although there is sometimes an implied, or explicit threat:

    Come butler, and fill us a bowl of us the best,
    We pray that your soul in heaven may rest,
    But if you do bring us a bowl of the small,
    Down will go butler, bowl and all!

    But these days the threat isn’t peasants’ revolt, it’s amateur singers:

    Bring food from off your table and beer from out o’ your barrel
    For If you don’t we’ll stop and sing another ancient carol

    (from Sid Kipper’s “Trunch Wassail”)

  • Diona the Lurker

    When it comes to threatening wassail songs, I’m rather fond of this one:
     
     

    Salford Wassail
     
     
    Wassail, wassail all over the placeGive us your money or I’ll punch your faceMy stick it is made of proper good treesIf you don’t pay up I’ll take out your knees.
     
    http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=142096

  • Diona the Lurker

    Can’t you ever stop playing up, Diquis?
     
     
     
    Wassail, wassail all over the place
    Give us your money or I’ll punch your face
    My stick it is made of proper good trees
    If you don’t pay up I’ll take out your knees.

  • Amaryllis

    Can’t you ever stop playing up, Diquis?

     No, it can’t. Not even for Christmas.

    Wassail Wassail, we know you’re about,
    Though you sit in the dark and pretend that you’re out.
    If you’re thinking of calling police to give chase,
    Just who do think is singing the bass?

    Wassail Wassail, all over your garden
    If we’ve done damage then we beg your pardon
    We’re sorry to call upon you so late
    But we had to pick the lock on your gate

    Wassail Wassail, all over for now
    Now you’ve seen sense we will make no more row
    Peace be upon you all at your repose
    And we’ll come no more nigh you until the pubs close

    (more Sid Kipper, from “Death or Glory Wassail”)

    (Edited, because Disqus)

  • That Other Jean

    I admit to considerable fondness for Twisted Sister’s “Silver Bells.”

     To my mind, possibly because I haven’t heard (and don’t plan to seek out) “Christmas Shoes,”  the worst Christmas song in English is “Santa Baby.”   Words cannot describe how much I hate that song.

  • Carstonio

    I didn’t hear Santa Baby until I was an adult, and I was disappointed that the lyrics weren’t a collection of innuendos, such as “hurry down my chimney tonight.”

  • Paul Bibeau

    You know what? We’re all acting like there isn’t that Travolta/Newton-John album out there. We’re all acting like that doesn’t just take everything you think and feel about what annoyance is, and wipe it clean. We’re all just, just DENYING it’s out there. Waiting. Waiting for us all.

    This is like global warming, people.

  • Fusina

    For those who hate “I saw Mommy etc…” may I recommend “I saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus”? It came on the Dr. Demento’s Christmas Album, which is a good antidote to the treacly sweet christmas songs playing incessantly, which, incidentally, first showed up in stores here before Thanksgiving.  =:-O  I worked retail for a number of years, about twice as many passed before I could stand the traditional carols etc… due to overexposure, but that album I could stand. Except for “I’m a Christmas Tree”. Gack, hack, ptui. I finally burned a new disc with that one (and one other) left off to play on the stereo (next one will have an iPod hook-up–never, ever have to change a disc again).

  • Amaryllis

     I like that album, in general, for the same reasons. And agree about  “I’m a Christmas Tree”  – what? And if I never hear “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer,” it would be a happy Christmas.

    But I have to disagree about “I Saw Daddy…”I’d leave that one out of my personal copy, if I made one.  The prurience is even more explicit than in the traditional version: I keep thinking, hey, kid, you shouldn’t be watching this! And I hate the ending.  Spoiler: it’s Mommy all the time! But wouldn’t it be hilarious if two men are seen kissing!

  • Fusina

    The main reason I still like “Grandma got run over” is because for some reason it was my Mother-in-Law’s favorite christmas song. Even after she was a Grandma. Her joy in it made it one of my favorites, and now that she is gone, a good memory of her. I was lucky to get an awesome Mum-in-law. I still miss our 3 hour phone convos, talking about everything and nothing at all.

    I see what you mean about “I saw Daddy”. My favorites on the album are “Green Chri$tma$”, followed by “Christmas at ground zero”, and of course, the Dragnet spoof. “Some people call them green onions, but they’re really scallions.”

  • Amaryllis

     That’s nice. A good association can make even a silly song palatable. And your late mother-in-law sounds like she had a good sense of humor.

    I like those three, too. Also the famous Tom Lehrer “Christmas Carol” –
    Kill the turkeys, ducks and chickens,
    Mix the punch, drag out the Dickens.
    Even though the prospect sickens,
    Brother, here we go again.

    I’m old enough to have a vague memory, a la “The Twelve Gifts of Christmas,” of owning a Japanese transistor radio with a genuine letherette case with holes in it so you can listen right through it!

    And I confess to a sneaking fondness for “Santa Claus and His Old Lady.” How does Santa deliver all those goodies in one night?
    oh, man, he took the freeway, man!

  • Lori

     

    And I confess to a sneaking fondness for “Santa Claus and His Old Lady.” How does Santa deliver all those goodies in one night?
    oh, man, he took the freeway, man!  
     

    I have a weird fondness for that one too. No one seems to play it here so I had to get my annual fix via YouTube. Score another one for the internet.

  • Tricksterson

    “Grandma” is okay the first couple times you hear it.  After that…

  • http://stealingcommas.blogspot.com/ chris the cynic

    Straight No Chaser “12 days of Christmas” original:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Fe11OlMiz8

    Straight No Chaser, same song, ten years later:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kYEK-pxs_A

  • http://howtotalkevangelical.addiezierman.com/ Addie Zierman

    Thanks for the mention here. Laughed out loud at your discussion of the fall of Amy Grant. That “scandal” was my first introduction to the gap between the “Christian culture” and the rest of the world. At 8, I found it entirely confusing. (Still do)

  • Jenny Islander

    The Amy Grant “scandal” provided my first good look at the lowest common denominator of pop culture.  I knew nebulously that there was something going on, but the music video clinched it: instead of what the song was actually about, somebody daffy in love with their little newborn baby, there was Amy Grant cavorting–cutely, I have to admit–with some guy.  Because shots of parents happily feeling unborn babies kick (“you set my heart in motion”) and rocking with their newborns wouldn’t have been “commercial.”  Bleh.

  • Carstonio

     I didn’t realize that Baby Baby was so controversial within evangelical Christianity. The lyrics almost seem rewritten from the few CCM songs I’ve heard. I thought that evangelicals would resent her for selling out or going commercial, reacting like punk or metal fans. (Personally I don’t care for Grant’s style of singing – she seems to turn her Bs into Vs.)

  • Mrs Grimble

    The second thread about Christmas music and nobody’s mentioned ‘Riu Chiu’ yet?   This probably isn’t the finest version, but it’s pretty damm good:
    http://youtu.be/c_hlYgCNFZc

  • http://www.oliviareviews.com/ PepperjackCandy

     You literally just beat me to it.

  • Tricksterson

    What language is that btw?

  • Mrs Grimble

    Heh..  And here’s another Christmas number that nobody’s mentioned yet:  http://youtu.be/l8fPvODASoI

  • http://blog.trenchcoatsoft.com Ross

    It just recently occurred to me that the poor man in Good King Wenceslas vanishes from the story after the first verse. It seems sort of off in retrospect that a carol ostensibly about the virtue in taking care of the poor ends without the poor actually getting these supposed blessings.

  • Jenny Islander

    Well, the thing is Victorian.  The original carol is actually an Easter carol, BTW.  Imagine the tune played brightly and a bit faster than usual and you’ll get a spring dance.

  • http://twitter.com/shutsumon Becka Sutton

    I’ve never really found Baby it’s cold outside creepy (or especially christmassy).  It’s hard to take it as anything but comedy after you’ve seen the Red Skeleton/Betty Garrett version from Neptune’s Daugher.  (The Tom Jones/Cerys Matthews version – however – is creepy as anything)

  • Tricksterson

    A couple that haven’t been mentioned yet:

    The Kinks “Father Christmas”

    Jethro Tull’s “Christmas Song”

  • JustoneK
  • Rowen

    I’m gonna leave this here, cause I love this list so much. Plus, it has the Monkees singing Riu Riu Chiu.

    http://crasstalk.com/2011/12/10-songs-to-bring-olde-skool-flair-to-your-christmas-playlist/

  • Jenny Islander

    My vote for scariest Christmas song ever is “Jingle Bells” as sung by Brad Roberts, lead singer for the Crash Test Dummies, who has a bass-baritone voice.  A BIG bass-baritone singing voice.  A BIG, HOLLOW bass-baritone singing voice.  Think Christopher Lee gone barhopping in the Midwest and you’ve about got it.  He sings it straight.  It’s too scary for the kids.

  • http://willbikeforchange.wordpress.com/ storiteller

    I put together a whole Christmas/Winter album of unusual and good Christmas songs.  My favorites off it are:
    – The Christmas Wish – John Denver and the Muppets – This album has some covers of songs I don’t like (namely, Little Saint Nick), but the original songs are excellent.
    –  Do You Hear What I Hear – Bing Crosby version – Just really lovely.
    – There’s Still My Joy – Indigo Girls – heard this one first at church
    – Glorious – Melissa Etheridge
    – Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto – James Brown – pure awesomeness

  • http://lliira.dreamwidth.org/ Lliira

    Annie Lennox does it best, as always:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlsJD8RlhbI

    Loreena McKennitt’s album “A Midwinter Night’s Dream” is also amazing. 

  • Lori

    Annie Lennox is good with Christmas music. Her Christmas Cornucopia album is quite good and the Eurythmics version of Winter Wonderland that someone linked to earlier in the thread is my personal favorite off A Very Special Christmas.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sue-White/1605859612 Sue White

    This is what I woke up to this morning: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnRxH864-o0

  • Paul (A.)

    “needs more theremin”?

    Like this?

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    When I see that word I keep thinking people are writing Thevenin. :)


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