Dec. 16, 2011
As we get deeper into the holiday festivities, we bring your our (and your) official WGBH News Off-the-Beaten-Path Holiday Playlist. Here are a few highlights we discussed on the air:
Jeanne in Dallas: "Local references (Boston). The message is sad but probably real for some people."
Daisy in Boston: "Just listen. You'll get it."
WGBH News' Cristina Quinn: "'He was roly, he was poly and I said holy moly, you got a lot of whiskers on your chinny-chin-chin' — need I say more?"
Sadaf: "I discovered this song one winter when both my best friend Sahil and I were going through some very difficult times. I played it over and over and somehow found light in the darkness."
A thematic twofer. Donna in Boston: "It's really funny and a nice little ditty."
... and Dan in Boston: "Because it's about Christmas! In prison!"
"Cousin Kate" in Newton:
And finally, our host picks. Edgar Herwick: "A gem of a holiday tune buried deep in a non-holiday record."
Bob Seay gets two because he needs a lot of festive music to wake up so early in the morning.
Bob: "I love this song!"
Thanks to everyone who gave us musical inspiration. Don't forget to check out the very full playlist on Grooveshark:
Bruce commented on 12.20.11
Is it too late to add one? Jon Dichter (in Philadelphia) sent this to his friends: This song, The Wondrous Season of Light, was inspired by 14-year-old young man with cerebral palsy. He was sitting next to me while I was tuning a piano on the last night of Chanukah, 2010. This song is the result of our wonderful encounter. Enjoy, Jon Dichter http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MT74ksOvkvw&feature=share
Dan commented on 12.17.11
My off the beaten track Xmas tracks: Some of the songs from my two Xmas compilations (one built around Ringo Starr’s classic ‘I Want to Be Santa Claus album & the other loosely built around the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer TV special soundtrack). I left out some of the more well known songs on my compilations from the list below) Xmas Rock: Winter Wonderland - Ringo Starr (from Ringo’s great Xmas album) Merry Xmas Everybody - Slade (biggest Xmas song ever in Europe) Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer - Ringo Starr Punk Rock Xmas - The Ramones (hey ho, let’s go) Santa Bring My Baby Back to Me - Elvis Presley (ok, this guy is pretty famous) You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch - Rockapella Xmas Dance, the - Ringo Starr (Ringo’s bext Xmas song) Please Come Home for Xmas - Eagles, the Huge on the Luge - Moxy Fruvous (uh oh, Canadians. Scary…) Santa Claus is Back in Town - Elvis Presley White Xmas - Ringo Starr (a Carribean-flavored song of course) Rockin' Around the Xmas Tree - The Fab Four (off the famous tribute band’s Xmas cds) Times Are a Changin', the - Blackmore's Night (version of the Dylan song, sounds like the holidays) Santa Claus is Coming to Town - Slade (from rock’s greatest vocalist Noddy Holder) Blue Xmas - Ringo Starr Another Xmas Song - Jethro Tull (what? another Xmas song?) Space Xmas - Shonen Knife (from those cute Japanese punkers) Imagine - John Lennon (ok, you may have heard John’s classic song for peace) Dear Santa - Ringo Starr Xmas Classics: Xmas Time is Coming - Cathedrals, the I'll be Home for Xmas - Leon Redbone Mid Winter's Night - Blackmore's Night Let It Snow - The Fab Four (what the Beatles would have sounded like) T'was the Night Before Xmas - The Brothers Four (from folk’s greatest vocal quartet) Jingle Bells - Rocky Mountain Boys (only 24 seconds long!) Praetorius - Blackmore's Night (Richie Blackmore at work) Sleigh Ride - Brian Setzer (the guy who followed Robert Gordon in modern rockabilly) I Want a Hippopotamus for Xmas - Gayla Peevey (sure, you try spelling hippopotamus) Most Wonderful Day of the Year, the - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer soundtrack Frosty the Snowman - The Fab Four Deck the Halls - The King's Singers Winter Basse Dance - Blackmore's Night Jingle Bells - Brian Setzer Holly Jolly Xmas - Burl Ives Xmas Carol - Nerissa & Katryna Nields Silver and Gold - Burl Ives (where’s King Moonrazor when we need him?) Xmas Eve - Ringo Starr Music Box, the - Trans-Siberian Orchestra (not like their usual bombastic stuff) Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer - Burl Ives (I still say Fireball was the best reindeer) We Wish You a Merry Xmas - The King's Singers Hey Santa! - Brian Setzer (songs with liquor in them good) Deck the Halls - Jingle Cats (who can resist meowing cats? Well, only a 22 second version) Jingle Jingle Jingle - Burl Ives (Ives had a classic voice) Fayre Thee Well - Blackmore's Night Dan