Merry Christmas! Let The Caroling Begin!

santa312  Merry Christmas!  I know that’s a bit premature, but everywhere I go I hear carols or the jing, jang, jingle of music accompanying advertisements.  There’s such a wide range of presentation and quality.  I try to look at it as an opportunity for musicians everywhere to get creative within a structure that features evergreens, an excuse for giving, elves, a big guy with a sled, and, even, a little religion.  I can’t help but get a bit excited.  I love the lights!  I love the snow, too, if there is any.

There are aspects of the holidays that are problematic, which is not to say they’re problems, but I’m not going there.  I’m concentrating on the great tunes!  Whether played straight or interpreted, whether traditional or newly minted (peppermint-ed?), and no matter what tradition they’re from, there is an amazing variety of styles, moods, and emotions that get addressed.

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Elves from Bing Crosby to David Bowie, Barbra Streisand to James Brown, Bob Dylan to Booker T. and the MGs, The Beach Boys to Justin Bieber have all contributed to this pile of presents.  And that’s just some of the Bs.  If you’re a player and don’t have a Christmas album it means something.  Could mean something naughty or it could mean something nice, it just depends.  I have a long list of favorites that is always expanding to include choirs, atheists, motorcycle gangs, pickers, yodelers, postal employees, and new age enthusiasts.

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The variety is incredible and the whole thing is improbable.  Maybe most improbable is how the songs can transcend the performers.  Not to mention, how the old can be made new and the new can sometimes be as good as the old.  Or, how after years of hearing the same tunes, innumerable times, they still have the ability to warm my heart.  Maybe it’s just the eggnog or the mistletoe or the anticipation, but I don’t think so.  It’s something about the tunes.

xmastree112  Here’s a short selection of the great variety that comes out of the speakers at this time of year.

The Drifters White Christmas   Unknown Barbershop Quartet  Jolly Old St. Nicholas  Mike Marshall  Silent Night  Johnny Mercer  Santa Claus Is Coming To Town  Mabel Scott  Boogie Woogie Santa Claus  Tchaikovsky  Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies  Steve Lacy  A Merrier Christmas Bing Crosby  A Hawaiian Christmas  Paul McCartney  Wonderful Christmas Time  Big Al Anderson  Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer

About Ted Ringer

I am a writer, artist, and listener. Great music is everywhere and has no limits. Some of it is well-orchestrated and some is short and sweet. It can spring out of a moment of deep feeling or result from long periods of development. Music is communication, inspiration, and a million other things. This blog wants to share the wealth and keep toes tapping.
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