Thursday, December 13, 2012

I'm Dreaming of a...

Anyone who knows me will be shocked -  SHOCKED - that *I* of all people am writing about music. Usually I couldn’t care less about music in anyway, shape or form. Chalk that up to having been married to a composer for 13 less than stellar years, and I dare anyone else to feel differently. And just that fast I've gotten off topic.

Let's get back on track, shall we?

I do happen to love Christmas music. Well, some of it. And that shouldn’t surprise anyone. After all, I can be rather high maintenance from time to time, even though I think I'm low maintenance. (Or something like that.)

Anyway, let’s get specific about Christmas music, shall we? I usually start to listen to holiday music the 1st or 2nd week of November. And no matter how many times I hear certain songs, I could always listen to them again:

White Christmas * Bing Crosby


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer * Gene Autry


Holly Jolly Christmas * Burl Ives


Blue Christmas * Elvis Presley


Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree * Brenda Lee


Hanukkah Song * Adam Sandler


I could go on and on. Anyway, did you notice I didn't just list the song, but included the performer as well? There’s a reason for that.

Repeat after me... "Those songs are taken!"

I don’t want to hear anyone other than Bing Crosby sing White Christmas. I just don’t. That song is spoken for. Gene Autry sings Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and he’s the only one who should.

I don’t want to hear Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, or Kid Rock sing any of those songs. I just don’t. Not now. Not ever.

These songs are classics. We all know them. We all sing along with… Bing and Gene and Burl. But these songs weren’t classics until these greats sang them (being loose with the term ‘great’ in regards to Adam Sandler – but no one else should sing his Hanukkah Song ever. It’s his! And it’s hilarious.)

I’d love to hear new classic holiday songs come to fruition by contemporary artists, something future generations will look back on with nostalgia. But there’s no reason to reinvent the wheel, no reason to cover these classic songs. They’re perfectly fine the way they are.

What is your favorite holiday song? Do you like to hear covers of the old classics or do you like them the way they are?

23 comments:

  1. I AM shocked that you are writing a blog about music! :-)

    I feel the same way about the covers. Don't mess with perfection, baby.

    Love the Hanukkah song!

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    1. Exactly, Deb! LOL. A classic is a classic is a classic. Go make your own.

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  2. I don't mind other artists singing the covers, but they're all a blast from the past too. Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole... LOVE them! Dean Martin has an alternate version of Let It Snow that I want so bad, but I can't find it.

    And then there are the songs that only a choir should sing, like Carol of the Bells, The Little Drummer Boy, and any Handel piece.

    But my all time favorite Christmas song is O Holy Night. I don't care who sings it, for the most part as long as they can hit the notes. :)

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    1. Sam ~ You're right! Frank and Dean and Nat! Christmas wouldn't be the same without them.

      *I* am not a huge choir Christmas song supporter. It always sounds so serious and I prefer a little pep in my Christmas sons. But I'm glad you like them. :)

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  3. Love those songs listed too and I agreed. I would also like to add Nat King Cole with THE CHRISTMAS SONG. His voice is just perfect for that song. I love Judy Garland singing HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS.

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    1. Melody ~ You are right! Only Nat King Cole should sing THE CHRISTMAS SONG. :) And Garland's HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS is pretty great too.

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  4. Ava,

    Totally agree with you about *those* songs. Hands or rather voices off. Other songs I don't have as much attachment or great memories, I guess, to war with a new version.

    Now I'm heading over to You Tube to listen to Adam Sandler's Hanukkah song to get into the Christmas Spirit!

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    1. Marquita ~ I knew I could count on you to agree with me on this. :) AND isn't the Hanukkah Song one of THE funniest things EVER?

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  5. My hands-down favorite version of any Christmas song is the David Bowie and Bing Crosby collaboration for The Little Drummer Boy. I'm absolutely with you on White Christmas. Leave that one alone, folks!

    Hmm...I have a lot of them that I love, but don't really care who is singing them. I just love Christmas music. The Carol of the Bells, Silent Night, Away in a Manger...

    But there is another I haven't seen mentioned that I don't want touched by another artist, EVER. And that would be Santa Claus is Coming To Town. I'm sorry, but Bruce Sprintsteen owns that one. Hands off. Leave it alone. No one else will ever top his version in my book.

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    1. LOL Cat ~ You are not the first person to mention the David Bowie/Bing Crosby THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY to me. It is a classic!

      The only problem I have with Springsteen's SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN is that I heard Bing sing it first. So his version is always in the back of my mind ;)

      In fact, I have a whole collection of Bing Christmas songs. I think I could just listen to him. I soo totally adore him. (Even though I heard he wasn't a very good father, but that's another topic for another day.)

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  6. I love "Santa Baby" and I love to hear Elvis singing "I'll Have a Blue Christmas Without You." I'm sure they sound like strange choices but they're my favorites.

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    1. Connie ~ I think they're awesome choices! I totally forgot about SANTA BABY! Is there anyone in particular you want to sing it?

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    2. Hey you guys I like Eartha Kit singing Santa baby

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    3. Completely agree, Melody! (In fact, she's the only one who *should* sing it. It's hers. LOL)

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    4. I'm with Melody May. Eartha Kit and her sultry voice is probably the only one who should sing it.

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  7. I also agree with Catherine about Bing Crosby and David Bowie. I love that song, "Little Drummer Boy", which always brings tears to my eyes, as does "White Christmas". I can't bear to hear anybody else sing it but Bing. Can't stand these "pop singers" trying to knock off the originals.

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    1. Diane ~ We are of a mind! Yes these "pop singers" should stop trying to knock off the originals.

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  8. OMGorgonzola, Ava! You are the only other person I know of who doesn't care for music! I don't hate music, but I don't want to hear it unless I'm in the car. My hubs love music and could listen to it all the time, but unless I'm driving, I want nothing to do with it! I knew we were kindred spirits. ;]

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    1. Andris ~ I had no idea you weren't a big music fan! We are kindred spirits. I can tell you, I am so glad not to be alone anymore. :)

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  9. I love music but then again I've been in the symphonic band for fun...it's kinda a requirement that you like music.

    My favorites are Do You Hear What I Hear?, Carol of the Bells, and The 12 Pains of Christmas.

    And yes, once I find a version I like,it's the only one I want to hear. No one but Burl Ives can sing Silver and Gold. I love the classics and wish people would stop remaking them. They either ruin the speed or the pitch or some other nonsense. Find your own Christmas song to record and leave the good ones alone.

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    1. LOL, Beth! I think you're right, liking music probably is a requirement for playing in a symphonic band. :)

      Burl Ives *is* the only one who should sing SILVER AND GOLD too.

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  10. Nobody beats Bing Crosby with his Christmas songs. Love White Christmas and, Santa Claus is coming to Town and so many more. I hate that new singers redo them, and, a lot of the young folks later think they are the original singers. I have had to remind my daughter of this many times with songs she likes. I miss all of the good Christmas shows we use to have all Christmas month, Like Bing Crosby show, lawrence Welk Christmas show, The Osmonds, and so many more. Now, all we get are movies.
    Don't get me wrong, I like movies too, but nothing like those live singing shows on TV.
    Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

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    1. Maxie ~ I think it's pretty clear Bing is my all time favorite Christmas song singer. :) I can't remember the last time I saw a "live" Christmas show. That definitely feels like a throw back to the good ol' days.

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