Monday, December 13, 2010

Holiday Hits, Misses

What are you listening to, as you sip your Mexican hot chocolate, or Tom and Jerry, or coffee spiked
with egg nog?

I'm not a fan, in general terms, of Rufus Wainwright's dead pan delivery, but I find myself loving this album, for a couple of their songs: the wistful, "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year" and the bouyant "Spotlight on Christmas."

Each year we buy a new album, and try to incorporate it in with the standards like Christmas in Lake Woebegone, Nat King Cole, Putamayo, Boston Pops.  Some, like the Roches, or the Gypsy Kings, are played just once, and hidden.  Others, like the Chieftains, become favorites. This year we're trying out Annie Lenox's latest, "A Christmas Cornucopia."   What are your faves?

Faithful readers know I tend to stay too long at holiday parties.  Here's a tip:  Put on Celine Dion massacring eardrums in O Holy Night.  I'll be outta there.


  1. Put on Celine Dion singing anything and I'll say "ta ta."

    If you do that, now I'll know you want to get rid of me.

    I play the dogs barking "Jingle Bells" more often than I play the Rockin' Christmas Tunes someone gave me about 20 years ago.

  2. I like your tradition. (Gypsy Kings did a Christmas album. Oh, giggle.)

  3. I like to get mine at Sabor y Cultura in Pasadena, or Hollywood.

  4. P:barkin' dogs, I shoulda guessed! AH: We've had some doozies--CP: I hadn't heard of this place, so I will have to check it out!

  5. I am listening to whining and then, for variety, moaning.