Friday, December 13, 2013
"Holiday-ish #1": THE WEEKEND MIX
I tended bar at a corporate Christmas party last night. As soon as I walked into the lobby of the building, I heard "Jingle Bell Rock" by Bobby Helms piping in. I said hello to the doorman and made the comment, "I bet you've heard this song too many times today." He replied in a voice like molasses-
"Naw, baby. It's nice. It's only for a little while each year."
Well, I still hate "Jingle Bell Rock" by Bobby Helms, but the truth is, I don't hate Christmas music. And Mr. Wonderful Doorman is right, though I do enjoy mixing it up a bit. I also think that just adding sleigh bells to something doesn't make it a Christmas tune.
Exhibit A: This doosh!
"Now that the snow is falling down baby, my love is calling your name."
Does that even mean anything?
Here is the first "Holiday-Ish" mix of the year. It's by no means a "Christmas" mix. But it is something that I wouldn't mind hearing at a Christmas party or while stuffing a duck.
Love Train- The Holmes Brothers
Christmas Snow- The Buddha Heads
Street In The City- Pete Townshend & Ronnie Lane
Leaves That Are Green- Simon & Garfunkel
Mary- John Cale
Something True- Nilsson
Ooh La Oona- Euros Childs
Ain't No Chimneys In The Projects- Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most- David Torkanowsky
Flyin' So High- The Rising Sons
Home Is Anywhere You Hang Your Head- Elvis Costello
Postcard From London- Ray Davies & Chrissie Hynde
Danny Boy- Charlie Haden & Hank Jones
Merry Christmas Baby- Charles Brown
Sweet Dreams- Roy Buchanan