Christmas Music Request

I have GOT to stop blogging on logy, soul-searching mornings like yesterday…

I got a whiny, depressed email from my beautiful younger sister yesterday that helped me put my own turmoil in perspective. I know what I need to do, I just need to do it. Anything else is just whining, really.

I raked and mow-mulched the front yard yesterday. It didn’t take too long, and yes, I had to sigh and marvel when I was done, much as I always did. Really, is there anything more satisfying than leaf removal? Probably not.

This morning I’ve had to glance several times at the front yard to sigh my approval at its neatness. Most of the leaves in the neighborhood are down, with the old oaks, like my own grand 85-year-old beauty that so graciously shades the patio, are the only holdouts.

Next weekend I think I’ll clear out the frost-killed plants and mulch the back yard, saving a final assault on leaves for two weeks from now, when, I hope, even the old oaks will be naked and wintry at last.

Speaking of wintry…


I’m looking for some good seasonal, listenable good music for my annual Christmas CD, and I’m open to suggestions. Send email or leave a comment if you have a suggestion.

It’s my custom every year to make a Christmas compilation CD for me and my friends. I try to make a CD that’s a pleasure to listen to for people who like good music, one that doesn’t stick to (or automatically exclude) traditional carols.

I ‘m open to including any good song about anything that has anything to do with winter, snow, Hanukkah, whatever.

Here’s last year’s compilation, still streamable from Rhapsody if you have the service or are OK to download the Rhapsody player (and if you are OK to listen to Christmas-y music in November, a no-no for me outside of working on my CD):

Christmas Wrapping — The Waitresses

Fairytale of New York — The Pogues

Christmas In Prison — John Prine

Baby It’s Cold Outside — Johnny Mercer

Winter Weather — Peggy Lee and Benny Goodman

River — Joni Mitchell

The Holly and the Ivy — Anonymous 4

The Coventry Carol — Alfred Deller

Winter — Tori Amos

Winter Time — The Steve Miller Band

I Believe In Father Christmas — Emerson, Lake and Palmer

Snowbound — Donald Fagen

Christmas Time Is Here — Vince Guaraldi Trio

Snow — Bing Crosby

Here Comes the Sun — Nina Simone

“Winter Weather” remains the find from last year. What a great song! And any time of year is a good time for a song as excellent as “Fairytale of New York,” which was my favorite song for years.

I want to make a particularly good CD this year, as a dear friend absolutely loved her CD from last year, wore it out playing it, and is looking forward to more in 2007. In other words, I don’t want to let my public down.

2 responses to “Christmas Music Request

  1. The Waitresses and Vince Guaraldi. You’re a woman after my own heart!

  2. LOL I almost didn’t put the Waitresses on that CD, as much as I love the song, because I wasn’t sure if anyone else would like it. But people loved it!

    I think it’s a modern classic.

    Thanks to CCR, a reader of this blog, for turning me on to Vince Guaraldi, whose Christmas CD is outstanding.

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