Which Christmas song, when you first hear it every year, marks the beginning of your Christmas season? For me, it’s “Do they know it’s Christmas time at all?” by Band Aid. Ever since I first heard it in 1984, it became my go to song to start the season. Back in the day, I would have to wait till it came on the radio, but now all I have to do is turn on the streaming device and hit that Christmas playlist.
Once I hear that song, I can just hit shuffle for the other 153 songs on my merry and bright list. The list contains just about everything from the classic Burl Ives to The Waitresses. I love it all, from “Silent Night” to “You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch”. And I love discovering new recordings, either newly published or just new for me. Last year I came across a duo called She & Him, which is Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward. They have that old fashioned feel that reminds me of a gig in a smoky club. Give them a listen if you haven’t heard them before.
As you can see, I love all Christmas music in all genres, but my favorite of favorites is…Bing Crosby. All I have to do is hear that baritone croon and it’s all over. From “White Christmas” to “Christmas in Killarney”…if I could only listen to one album all season; it would be him. Of course, that’s also because I have had a slight crush on him ever since I saw the movie “Going My Way” when I was in grade school; but that conversation is for another day. lol!!!
The only Mariah Carey song I listen to ever is “All I want for Christmas is You”. Eartha Kitt has the best rendition of “Santa Baby”. My favorite hymn is “O, Holy Night”. Yes, I listen to Alvin and the Chipmunks sing Christmas (but not The Chipettes). And my least favorite Christmas song of all time is “Feliz Navidad” (I turn it off the moment it trys to play). Yes, I am very opinionated about my choices. It’s what plays from the day after Christmas to New Years.
I remember being in youth choir and caroling for elderly of the church. We would go house to house, and it was such a great time every year. When I moved here to Hawaii, some people from the church would sing carols in front of the International Marketplace in Waikiki passing out fliers for our candlelight Christmas Eve service. Not last year, or this year, but hopefully next year you will be able to hear carols accompanied by our ukulele playing pastor across the street from the beach.
The music of the season fills my soul in so many different ways, from silly to serene to sacred. Even the sound of the jingle jangle of bells puts a smile on my face. I hope it does for you as well. Next time you hear Band Aid on the radio…think of me!
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