Sunday, December 10, 2006

Sunday Random 10 - It's Christmas. Baby, Please Come Home.

Christmas Music edition. BTW, my wife asked me to download a bunch of Christmas music. Although she really wanted the more lilly-white traditional stuff, I was able to sneak in some extras. (Without equivocation, however, the Vince Guaraldi Trio's Charlie Brown Christmas is THE epic, the paramount. All others need to bow down.)

  1. "Linus and Lucy" - Vince Guaraldi Trio - A Charlie Brown Christmas (We love dancing to this ala Snoopy and the gang. Ready? Emphatically nod your head over your left shoulder while shrugging both your shoulders and knocking your knees together. After four beats, move your chin to your other shoulder.)
  2. "Glory to God / O Come All Ye Faithful" - Todd Agnew - Do You Hear What I Hear? (L-A-M-E. A soulless supposedly soul-ful rendition.)
  3. "My Little Drum" - Vince Guaraldi Trio - A Charlie Brown Christmas
  4. "Winter Wonderland" - Steve Taylor - Now the Truth Can Be Told, Vol. 2 (This hidden gem is mariache'd for your listening pleasure.)
  5. "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" - Sixpence None the Richer - Collage (Delicious!)
  6. " Oh Little Town of Bethlehem" - Bruce Cockburn - Christmas (Yes, the grumpy one did a Christmas album some 15 years ago. Unfortunately, no songs about rockets.)
  7. "Christmas for Cowboys" - Jars of Clay - Maybe This Christmas Tree (While listening to this song this morning, I just realized how similar they are - in terms of bittersweet-ness, I suppose - to Death Cab for Cutie, who is also featured in this record.)
  8. "This Is All I Have to Give" - Todd Agnew - Do You See What I See (A good song from Mr. Agnew about the birth of Christ is called "No Room / O Little Town of Bethlehem". This is a really bad, theologically-incorrect, cheesy song about the birth of Christ. I'm sure the Christian music stations are playing the death out of it.)
  9. "In Like a Lion (Always Winter)" - Relient K - Apathetic EP (Not their cheeriest [btw, their Deck the Halls, Bruise Your Hand is a Christmas CD and is more goofily upbeat]; it's a Ben Folds-ian ballad inspired by Narnia during the White Witch's rule. I like to think.)
  10. "Come On! Let's Boogey to the Elf Dance!" - Sufjan Stevens - Sufjan Stevens: Songs for Christmas


  1. Anonymous10:02 AM

    nice, good songs there. OTR played a lot of great X-mas music including a song written as a tribute to Guiraldi.

  2. i haven't heard the Todd Agnew christmas album...but your love for it certainly isn't coming through.

    I enjoy some of the songs on the new Mercy Me album, and the Third Day Christmas Offerings...certainly a little more energy and soulful.

    --RC of

  3. cubey,

    yeah, they're releasing a new Christmas album - although apparently it's not out on iTunes yet. and Guaraldi is definitely worthy of tributes by Over the Rhine. good company.


    aww, could you tell?

    i haven't heard either album, but i would say that i'm not a huge fan of worship music. on the other hand, i still enjoy the first Third Day Offerings album.

  4. Most of the songs on the albums Maybe This Christmas, Maybe This Christmas Too? and Maybe This Christmas Tree are pretty good. I like Maybe This Christmas Tree the best. Starflyer 59 has a nice version of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Over the Rhine has a couple of free mp3s from their new Christmas album up on their site. I also highly recommend all of Pedro the Lion's Christmas songs. Also, Half-Handed Cloud has a couple of good Christmas tunes here. Also, if you can find Fleming and John's Carol of the Bells and Winter Wonderland (to the tune of Led Zeppelin's Misty Mountain Hop! (it's here actually), you should do that. And Bright Eyes has a Christmas album, I believe, which is really quite depressing, but still good.


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