Here's my mistake of the day: Mentioning to Mackenzie that I have four (4) all-time favorite Christmas songs. Truth be told, I wish we could skate right through Christmas music, and I can't stand the fact that there are like six radio stations in the area playing non-stop Christmas music. And this has gone on since before Thanksgiving. So I might as well share my guilty pleasures with the rest of the audience. In no particular order:
- "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" by the Barenaked Ladies and Sarah McLachlan. I stumbled upon this in the "off-season" but it's a great interpretation that brings together two acts who aside from each other, I have literally very little to deal with.
- "Please Come Home for Christmas" by the Eagles. Here's the great back story about this song. The Eagles were breaking up at the time, couldn't stand one another, had no new music to bring out, and on a whim the band got together in Miami to cover this Charles Brown classic. They put Henley on the lead with the naturally great harmony's thinking nothing of it other than to make the record label happy before "The Long Run" album would be complete. In return, they made a Christmas classic that at the time was so popular that it cracked the top 20 on the singles chart. A happy accident, and the perfect choice in material for Henley's aching voice.
- "The Christmas Song" by Nat King Cole. You can listen to this song anytime of year and it never gets old. Cole did many more Holiday favorites, but this one is simply perfect and one I can never tire of. Probably #1 on my list. It's that good. I have a hard time with anyone else even trying to do this song.
- "Merry Christmas Darling" by The Carpenters. Yes, Karen and Richard Carpenter were forced to record a cheesy Christmas album. And for chrissakes, don't come anywhere close to buying that record. The entire album as a whole is embarassing. But from it came this classic nugget, made perfect by Karen's incredible voice. If you go to their itunes page, at this time of year, this is their most downloaded song. Nobody I can recall even bothered to cover this song. Karen makes it perfect. Then again, other than Henley, nobody sang about heartache like Karen Carpenter.
OH -- I also love that Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth thing that David Bowie and Bing Crosby did (aside from the weird intro). But it has that creepy video that accompany's it, where Bowie admits to liking John Lennon and Harry Nilsson while poor Bing just sits back and acts like he knows what he's talking about. It's an incredible musical achievement, just don't youtube the thing anytime soon. Why? Because we've got it right here: