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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Mandatory Holiday Vibes

Not feeling it this time of year? I can empathize. The past years have been insane around the holiays with a child coming up and somehow having to get creative in financially surviving Christmas. This year's perhaps the hardest trying to scrape money we don't have, but as they say, the holidays are about having one another instead of material objects. For me, it's also about good Christmas music to kick me out of the doldrums. The FM stations do a good job, but honestly, you get the shits of "Feliz Navidad" at day three, right? So here's Ray's compact guide to some of the best holiday music out there guaranteed to snap the anger spells...



For me, this is the be all, end all of Christmas music...even when I don't want to get into the spirit just yet, one spin of Guaraldi sedates me like no one else can at the holiday season...



Tchaikovsky... 'nuff said...



Christmas rockabilly style...Santa gets mondo horsepower here



Setzer's become the mack of Yuletide Rock 'n Roll albums, and this is where you should start first...



Hard to track down on CD, Elvis can whoop it up and bring you to your knees with his Christmas songs. Fret not, there's a ton of different Elvis Christmas albums, so get some!



It's not Christmas until Nat sings...



Even if there's a controversy about "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24" being originally recorded by Savatage and swiped for this album, it's still a good time, particularly if you've seen TSO live...who would've thought metal and Christmas could co-exist back in the day?



Might be the best acapella holiday cheer you can grab...



It's okay, you're not a wuss. This is simply divine...



Dig him or not, this is solid crooner revival holiday mooz...and I dig Harry.



Of course, we have to acknowledge the Chairman...



This one almost makes me wish I was alive in the forties...Bing and The Andrews Sisters, yeah, right on and swing it...



Cheesy, but it goes down like a port with good wine...



Chuck Berry's the true king of rock 'n roll and "Run Rudolph Run" is the greatest Christmas rocker of them all...



"Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight)..." Seriously, what a gem. Miss you much, Joey...



C'mon, you know you want to laugh...



Resistance is futile, so just laugh...

2 comments:

tarleisio said...

Well, that's seventeen reasons to kill the Xmas blues right there! I have to add something, though. Nine years ago, I came across a Bob Rivers alternate (very!) version of Xmas songs, usually done over perfectly straight, until you listened to the lyrics. Not something to play with your mother-in-law, let's just say. Since then, it just hasn't been the same without them...each and every one of those songs puts Xmas in a whole new perspective. Which is, all told, no bad thing!

Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

I feel like I might have something with Bob Rivers in it somewhere in my archives, hmmm....nope, not a bad thing at all, T