Thursday, December 27, 2007

It's Over. For now.

It’s the holidays and my blog days are jammed in after Christmas and on national hangover day. I have to resort to the oldest, most clichéd topics of all time. Makes me feel a little like I’m writing episode of Nash Bridges.

Let’s start with Christmas. An important day to most Christians, despite it’s origins and arbitrary date, it represents the birth of Christ and that’s a big deal to some of us. Whether it has meaning to you or not does not give you a reason to recuse yourself from this vital question: “What’s your favorite Christmas song? And what trivia can you give us about it?

I love Christmas songs, I admit it. But it has more to do with childhood memories than anything else. I like most of the remakes as well, except the ones where the current crop of singers feel the need to show off their vocal dexterity or deep soul. I call it the Alicia Keyes syndrome. It’s not enough to sing the words but to prove they can emote as well. Ms. Keyes is to singing what Charleton Heston is to acting. If a little is good, too much is better.

The my favorite two songs both come from sixties TV special still running on the network today. From Rudolph the Rednosed Raindeer is Burl Ives version of Holly Jolly Christmas. Love the simple message sung by a truly jolly voice.




Next is the somber Little Drummer boy. The broadcast of these puppet or whatever they were, stories signaled to all the Born children that Christmas was on it’s way. No school, good food and presents. (It was only later I grasped the deeper meaning in the holiday).

Here’s the trivia for Rudolph:

Although the animations were filmed in Japan, the entire soundtrack for "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" was recorded in a studio near Yonge Street in Toronto, Ontario; most of the singing and speaking cast were Canadian.

Burl Ives' "Holly Jolly Christmas" was a seasonal standard long before it was used in the film.

When Santa's sleigh finally takes off into the storm near the end of the film, it's being pulled by SIX reindeer instead of eight, with Rudolph leading the way.

Now it’s your turn.

What song do you like and what’s something we don’t know about it?

Here’s looking forward to the next Holiday, whatever you celebrate.
Next week we’ll look at -- you guessed it – New Year’s resolutions.

10 comments:

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  2. I know I've posted it before, but my favorite Christmas song is Merry Christmas From the Family by Robert Earl Keen, Jr.

    Feliz Navidad!

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  3. patty smiley12/27/2007 8:11 AM

    O Holy Night
    Silent Night
    Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
    Silver Bells
    Little Drummer Boy
    White Christmas
    I'll be Home for Christmas


    Jim, I hope your days were Merry and Bright.

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  4. At this point, my favorite is Adam Sandler's Chanukah song. I love Little Drummer Boy when I was little, especially the TV version, but now it seems to ALWAYS be playing when I'm standing in line at the bank or the pharmacy.

    Silent Night continues to make me cry, however. Which is really embarrassing while standing in line at the bank or the pharmacy. I only know the old story about how the church organ was broken or whatever, so the guy wrote SN for guitar at the last minute.

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  5. I adore Christmas music, and my favorite songs vary from year to year - actually moment to moment.

    Today, what comes immediately to mind is the soundtrack from "A Charlie Brown Christmas", especially the tune, "Skating". Plus, Madonna's version of "Santa Baby", and Elvis's "Santa Bring My Baby Back to Me".

    On the trivia side, the Madonna song appeared on the first "Very Special Christmas" album. The series has raised over $55 million for the Special Olympics since its inception in 1987, which is a nice warm and fuzzy thought at this time of year.

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  6. I like Christmas movies. It's the one time that shameless sentimentality is okay...especially if the sweetness has some tartness.

    The British romantic comedy, "Love, Actually" falls squarely in this corner. I'm a sucker for it.

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  7. James O. Born12/27/2007 5:39 PM

    Thanks for the comments.

    Paul,
    I like Love Actually but Elf is my new favorite Christmas movie.

    Jim

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  8. On behalf of Seattle Mystery Bookshop thank you, each and every one!

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  9. Zat You, Santy Claus? by Louis Armstrong is my favorite Christmas song. The holiday paranoia is unlike any other song of the season.

    And I'm a sucker for It's A Wonderful Life.

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  10. John Denver and Rolf the Dog, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," from the John Denver and the Muppets Christmas special, is a huge winner for me -- and Cornelia, SN makes me weep so pathetically that I refused to go to church Christmas Eve the year my dad died in fear I'd collapse.

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