Instead of the usual array of cover versions, pop records and the like that usually gets posted around these parts, this morning, just one of the best known Christmas songs, performed, beautifully, by a right old crooner.
Perry Como – The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)
I’ll be taking a few days away from blogging now, I may be back before New Year, but I doubt it.
Which just leaves me to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas, and thanks for dropping by.
This morning a couple of songs from deceased iconic Country stars, both of whom appear to have a claim to making “The Classic Christmas Album”.
First up, John Denver, with a message that I hope my own parents take no notice of:
John Denver – Please, Daddy (Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas)
And then next The Man In Black, who I imagine didn’t take much persuading to have a wee tipple on the big day:
Johnny Cash – Christmas Time’s A Comin’
Two for contemplation tonight, first up one I posted a couple of years ago and which I’ve found myself listening to quite a lot over the past couple of weeks, by Tom Smith (lead singer from Editors) and Andy Burrows (drummer from Razorlight). Tasked with coming up with a name for their new act, they went down the Hoddle & Waddle rather than the Glen and Chris route:
Smith & Burrows – When The Thames Froze
And what would we do at this time of year without Mark “A Song, A Dance, A Laugh” Lanegan to spread some festive cheer?
Mark Lanegan – O Holy Night
Time to Run:
Run DMC – Christmas in Hollis
…which of course samples this:
Clarence Carter – Back Door Santa
Girls Aloud: who knew that not only were they responsible for some of the best pop records of the 21st century, but that they were also responsible for managing the work diary of that fat old bearded bloke whose one job is to visit all of the kids on Christmas Eve.
And so here’s the girls telling Santa he has arrived prematurely. I’m pretty sure that’s what it’s about, anyway….
Oh, and in case you were wondering about the choice of sleeve, this is lifted from a Bonus CD of Christmas songs which came with their Chemistry album:
Girls Aloud – Not Tonight Santa
You know that drinking game, where you have to remember all of the items previous players have named that they bought from a shop, correctly, in the same order, before adding your own item, for the next person to remember, until someone messes up and has to drink?
Well, this is the Christmas Song equivalent.
Bob Dylan – Must Be Santa
And so my Christmas break begins. No work till next Thursday, and today I’m travelling up to spend the next few days with my folks.
So, although they no longer live in the same village as I grew up, this seems appropriate:
Emmy the Great & Tim Wheeler – Home for the Holidays