Christmas Musicby Tyler Woods on Nov. 26, 2011, under Life
Nothing says holiday like Christmas music. I think it is what makes the holidays. How could it be a holiday without the sounds of jingle bells or chestnuts roasting on an open fire? My greatest Christmas spirit memories are of the music. When I was a kid, I got a real kick out of music stars that sang Christmas songs. It was these songs that gave the holiday spirit and made them unforgettable.
Now speaking of unforgettable, I love a good Nat King Cole Christmas. How could it be Christmas without the Christmas Song? Some of the great classics I enjoyed growing up was Frank Sinatra Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Dean Martin Baby It’s Cold Outside, and one of my favorites to this day is Bing Crosby singing little Drummer Boy with David Bowie. Classic!
I don’t think the holiday would be the holiday if we did not hear Elvis singing Blue Christmas. My mother was an Elvis fan and I grew up listening to his renditions of Christmas music. Both of my parents were country fans and we would listen to Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn Christmas albums. That country tone seemed to really put an interesting tone on classic holiday songs. It was Christmas music but to me it had too much of a country flair. I would go into my room, turn on the radio, and listen to rock singers singing my favorite songs.
Then in 1970 I picked up the Jackson Five Christmas album I loved their version of Santa Clause is Coming to Town. It was a far cry from a country Christmas. Soon to follow was the Partridge Family Christmas, which to this day had no idea how I got the album, must of been a gift.
I was in heaven when I got the Beatles Christmas as well as the Beach Boys Christmas album. Motown Christmas made the season even more special for me because there was so much feeling and emotions to these classics. Certainly, Christmas would not be Christmas without the soft pop sounds of the Carpenters and remains close to my heart.
Today as an adult, I still have my favorites. John Lennon War is Over still gives me goose bumps. The Chipmunks singing Christmas Don’t Be Late makes me laugh and reminds me of the child in everyone. The Trans-Siberian Orchestra Carol of the Bells is powerful rendition of this song, it vibrates my soul, and I love to listen to this song especially when accompanied by blinking holiday house lights.
Christmas by far is not my favorite holiday but I do love the lights and the music. So tell me, what is your favorite rendition of a holiday song?