Thursday, December 10, 2009

Turn the Christmas Music On (or off)

Per Amanda's request:

Top five favorite Christmas songs ( I could narrow this down to five):

1. Winter Weather- Squirrel Nut Zippers. This is the song I CRAVE listening to when the weather gets cold and Christmas is in the air. It is the first cd I want to pull out when the Christmas music comes out from a year of hiding.

2. God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman / We Three Kings - Bare Naked Ladies and Sarah McLachlan. There are actually quite a few songs on this album that I LOVE (and some that I really don't care for).

3. Still, Still, Still - Cambridge Singers. Though the Cambridge Singers are my fave, other artists can be just as moving when performing this song. The You Tube clips just aren't cutting it for can hear a little clip of it here.

4. Sleigh Ride. Just about any version instrumental or vocal. Fun. Upbeat. Classic.

5. Santa Baby-Eartha Kitt. Don't hate me. It reminds me of my mom and a winter ski trip to Utah one year. It kinda became our Christmas theme song.

Honorable Mention: With Bells On - Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. Confession... I love the whole album. We had it on vinyl as a kid and I can't help but love it.

My list may be a little nontraditional...but I love the classics too: Winter Wonderland, Let it Snow, Jingle Bells. And hymns: Angels We Have Heard on High, Silent Night, Joy to the World. And seriously MANY, MANY, MANY more. I've left some great ones off my list. I'm a lover of Christmas music.

As for the worst:

1. Oh Holy Night. I know, I know. You're in an uproar. I know it has potential to be a beautiful song. But it's so cliche. At least once a year I hear someone attempt this song who thinks they're good enough to pull it off and really can't. Most people have no business even trying to sing this one. You have to have an incredible range and amazing talent to sustain some of those notes. Singers butcher it all the time and they've ruined it for me.

2. Last Christmas. I gave you my heart but the very next day, you gave it away. This year, to save me from tears, I'll give it to some one Special. Enough said. (Ok...not enough. Jeanine, do you remember Cyrus singing this is geometry class? This song always reminds me of him...that is it's only redeeming quality.)

3. Christmas Shoes and EVERY OTHER MODERN COUNTRY CHRISTMAS SONG... Country singers can sing Christmas songs, that's fine. I just hate when country singers go though and tell a whole sappy story in song.

4. Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer. And anything similar.

5. Frosty the Snowman. Hate the song. Hate the movie even more.

Also, I hate Little Drummer Boy, Feliz Navidad, the First Noel (for no good reason) and pretty much anything sung (or barked) by a cartoon. Once again...many more.

Now that I've offended some of you by bashing your faves, what do you love? And what moves you to change the station? Post it on your blog...I'd really love to know.


jeanine said...

How can I have no memory of Cyrus singing Last Christmas?! I wish I could!
And Rich tells me that it's not Christmas until he's heard Feliz Navidad...
This is a fun tag... I'll have to try it.

Jenn said...

I'm just going to hop in here and say you have fabulous taste in music, I'm in absolute agreement with your top three picks, they are some of my favs too.

Lauri said...

What????You don't like Last Christmas?

Kris said...

I am laughing too hard to be able to reply!!!!!!

Jen said...

You're so funny! I agree with so many of those!

Danielle said...

You have to check out the 12 days of christmas by Straight No Chaser. They are an acapella group, its on youtube and FABULOUS! Let me know what you think!

Amber Nish said...

Ahh..Danielle, I should have known you would beat me to it!! I was gonna suggest the same group. We are also enjoying the Christmas Can Can but the same group. Their website is (have no idea how to link that..) Hope you like it Katie..we are rockin to their tunes down here in Texas!

Tammy said...

Katie. I think you forgot the Jordan High School Christmas Album on your list of favorites. Remember how it was our only Christmas CD so I played it on repeat that Christmas in Merrill Hall? Ha! And O holy night is one of my worst songs too. Of all the Christmas songs why does everyone choose to sing that one?? Although I have been asked to sing it a few times before and I always gets moved by the "King of kings lay thus lowly manger; In all our trials born to be our friend" line.

Tammy said...

And "Santa Baby" as a fav??! How could you??

Amanda B. said...

Very fun! Thanks for playing! It did surprise me that you don't like O Holy Night- but you do have a very good point- most people do get it wrong. Maybe that is why I like Josh grobins version so well because he gets it right. :) I totally agree with you on Last Christmas- I should have included that one too.... :)

Judds said...

You are very funny. I agree with you on most.
I especially dislike Frosty the snowman. People always start singing it and they can never finish it because the never know the middle of the song.

amy turn sharp of doobleh-vay said...

loved this! xoxo I feel the same.

Lisha said...

Those were pretty good. As long as we're going non-traditional you should check out White Winter Hymnal by Fleet Foxes. It became one of my favs last year.

Judds said...

I have to say that ever since I read this a couple day ago I have had Last Christmas in my head. So thanks for that!