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  • RadicleFantast (1327 posts)
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    Holiday Music Thread!

    I drove my wife’s car last weekend, and the radio station she had tuned to had switched to its all-Christmas format. I heard Santa Baby three times in one day.

    It’s that time of year — when the planet’s axis points its northern end away from the sun, and things here look dark and cold. Lucky for us humans, we can remember that every time this has happened, it brightened up again starting in a few weeks.

    So how about a celebration?

    As a non-Christian, who holds some strong anti-Christian opinions, I still have a strange fondness for Christmas music. Maybe it’s a holdover from childhood indoctrination; maybe it’s because I like the idea of a reindeer-piss-drinking hallucinogenic Kris Kringle; maybe it’s just because I recognize that, from Pérotin through Bach, Dvořák and Pärt, music is one of the things that Christianity has gotten right. Whatever the reason, I do love this holiday’s music. I like a wide variety, especially the extremes — from the sublime and noble to the vulgar and perverted.

    So I invite all you music-loving JPRs to share some winter and holiday music, the good, the bad and the ugly.
    I mean the music. The music can be good, bad or ugly. Not one of you JPRs is bad or ugly. And some, maybe, are good.

    Jan Boehmermann, Paka, dorkzilla and 3 othersHomerRamone, daleanime, ablamj like this

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    • RadicleFantast (1327 posts)
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      1. Amanda Duncan: Light Those Candles Bright

      Amanda Duncan: Light Those Candles Bright

      I’ll start with a shot across the bow: a Hanukkah song to fire up the War on Christmas.

    • RadicleFantast (1327 posts)
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      2. Brave Combo: The Little Drummer Boy

      Brave Combo: The Little Drummer Boy

      Here’s my favorite version of my least favorite Christmas song

      • hollys mom (848 posts)
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        16. my favorite version, ha ha

        the Jimmy Kimmel one.

         

    • RadicleFantast (1327 posts)
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      3. Dan Foley: Gloria Allelluia

      Dan Foley: Gloria Allelluia

      You really can buy this guy’s album.
      I’m tempted . . . but is it worth losing my family for it?

      • RadicleFantast (1327 posts)
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        14. I do need to ask our Canadians

        Is the Battle Hymn of the Republic really considered a Christmas song in Québec?

        • dorkzilla (2402 posts)
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          15. Well, Tottenham Hotspur FC uses it as their team song

          Seriously…”Glory, glory Tottenham Hotspur!”, so anything is possible!

    • RadicleFantast (1327 posts)
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      4. Anne Oland: The Dream of Silent Night

      Anne Oland: Carl Nielsen – The Dream of Silent Night

      Last for now, a piano miniature from a composer known for his distinctive orchestral works

    • LiberalElite (4781 posts)
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      5. I understand that many people hate this one – but I like it:

       

      I feel much better since I've given up hope
    • Hobbit709 (2234 posts)
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      6. Tom Lehrer

      I won't shut up and I don't waste my time teaching pigs to sing
    • ablamj (153 posts)
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      7. My favorite Christmas song…

      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fCNvZqpa-7Q

    • yourout (313 posts)
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      8. O holy night…..Sissel version.

       

      • RadicleFantast (1327 posts)
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        9. Sissel

        I had a cassette of her teen-age Glade Jul album in the 80’s; didn’t know she’d be soon be world famous.
        Deilig er Jorden is still a favorite song.

    • HomerRamone (380 posts)
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      10. best Xmas album ever

      4SZKolZ
    • dorkzilla (2402 posts)
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      11. Turtle Island String Quartet "Veni Emmanuel"

       

    • Omaha Steve (1111 posts)
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      12. Brenda Lee – I'm Gonna Lasso Santa Claus

      BRENDA LEE LYRICS
      “I’m Gonna Lasso Santa Claus”

      I’m gonna lasso Santa Claus
      And I know just why because
      I’m gonna pull, pull, pull, on his beard
      Pull, pull, to see if it’s real

      I’m gonna tick, tick, tickle him on the tummy
      Because he laughs so funny
      He’s so jolly and so fine
      When he comes around on Christmas time

      I’m gonna lasso Santa Claus
      And the reason is because
      I know a boy and girl he never goes see
      He never brings ’em toys like he does for me

      I’m gonna pop, pop Santa Claus
      With my water pistol gun
      And then I’ll take his bags of toys and run
      And bring to all the kids who don’t have none

      I’m gonna lasso Santa Claus
      And I know just why because
      I’m gonna pull, pull, pull, on his beard
      Pull, pull, to see if it’s real

      I’m gonna tick, tick, tickle him on the tummy
      Because he laughs so funny
      He’s so jolly and so fine
      When he comes around on Christmas time

      I’m gonna lasso Santa Claus
      And the reason is because
      I know a boy and girl he never goes see
      He never brings ’em toys like he does for me

      I’m gonna pop, pop Santa Claus
      With my water pistol gun
      And then I’ll take his bags of toys and run
      And bring to all the kids who don’t have none

      "P.S. please if you get a chanse put some flowrs on Algernons grave in the bak yard.": Flowers for Algernon
      • RadicleFantast (1327 posts)
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        23. One for the family playlist

    • dorkzilla (2402 posts)
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      13. Ok gotta add this…nerd alert…

      I love early music (history buff and all) so I had to throw this in on the off chance there were like-minded peeps out there…

      Nerd fact…I’m going to see them.next weekend ?

       

      • RadicleFantast (1327 posts)
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        21. Envy: is it naughty enough to be blacklisted by Santa?

        • dorkzilla (2402 posts)
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          25. I don't think that's coal-able.

          At least I hope it isn’t.  I nearly die of envy every time one of my friends in England sends me snaps of their ramblings about the countryside as English history and architecture are my particular passions. And I’m an atheist, but I will spend each holiday there nosing around cathedrals and simple country churches and listening to sacred music.  They have many early music societies and concerts there.

          Perfect example of envy…how about THIS for a flash mob (the background noise kind of mucks up the sound but if you’ve ever heard this piece of music live for yourself you’ll appreciate how moving it is):

          ETA a clearer recording of the song in case people haven’t heard this remarkable piece of musical genius from an Elizabethan genius.

           

          • RadicleFantast (1327 posts)
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            31. Awesome

            Best possible piece for a flash mob!
            Never heard it live. (Greener with envy.)

            • RadicleFantast (1327 posts)
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              32. Another classic flash mob

              This one’s up to almost 50 million views; many of those views are mine.
              I’ll even grant them a dispensation for appropriating an Easter song for use at Christmas-shopping time.

      • Jan Boehmermann (3578 posts)
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        29. I've heard that song many times. Didn't know what is was called.

        Beautiful song.  Lyrics……MEH………

    • Sadie (3068 posts)
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      17. Dropkick Murphys

        Wake up, peeps, their kids go to Harvard and Yale; your kids go to Iraq & Afghanistan.   
      • RadicleFantast (1327 posts)
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        22. Oh boy — non-family playlist

    • Sadie (3068 posts)
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      18. The Piano Guys – Carol of the Bells

        Wake up, peeps, their kids go to Harvard and Yale; your kids go to Iraq & Afghanistan.   
      • RadicleFantast (1327 posts)
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        20. Whenever I watch the Piano Guys' videos

        I wonder how that cello really sounds while filming in the usually-extreme weather conditions.

        Took my daughter to see them when they came through Portland a couple years ago; good show.

    • immoderate (258 posts)
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      19. "We Three Kings" by Bobby Timmons

      And throw in “Little Drummer Boy” by Kenny Burrell

      —imm

      • Sadie (3068 posts)
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        24. The Fountain

          Wake up, peeps, their kids go to Harvard and Yale; your kids go to Iraq & Afghanistan.   
        • immoderate (258 posts)
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          26. Nice!

          —imm

          • RadicleFantast (1327 posts)
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            34. The harpist persona is a front

            That little girl is obviously an election hacker. The amazing talent is just a diversion.
            ;)

    • RadicleFantast (1327 posts)
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      27. Kolędy i Pastorałki

      Concertina medley

    • RadicleFantast (1327 posts)
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      28. Jana Mashonee

      I don’t actually like diva style, but Jana does good for the world.

      http://www.janaskids.org/

      Here’s one for the water protectors, sung in Lakota.

    • Melissa G (831 posts)
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      30. Santa Claus and his Old Lady

      Just Because…

       

      https://youtu.be/XSH9ryRzHQ4

    • RadicleFantast (1327 posts)
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      33. Sofia Jannok: Irene

      Another thread (about NoDAPL, which I can’t find now) included some Sami music in the replies. Here’s more: not a Christmas song, but it is about happy reindeer, so that’s close enough. The singer, indigenous activist Sofia Jannok, came to Standing Rock and performed a joik for the protectors. Watching this video, you might even think that cold is a good condition.

    • RadicleFantast (1327 posts)
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      35. Joseph Spence: Santa Claus is Comin' to Town

      A real classic
      Joseph Spence: Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town better known as “Sann’y Crahrrr is cominn’ heehnngg”

    • Pam (1055 posts)
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      36. Los Straitjackets

      X-mas, surf music style.

       

       

    • Pam (1055 posts)
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      37. Carpenters – The Christmas Song ( Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire )