Despite a somewhat peculiar lack of snow so far this December, I went ahead tonight and made myself a White Russian and felt very mysterious (like the kind of girl who makes herself White Russians on a quiet Sunday evening) and sifted through my favorite seasonal music by the twinkling tree for this year’s Christmasy/wintry mix.
As I say every year, and as we are reminded in every lonely drugstore and crowded mall, there is a colossal amount of craptastic holiday music that should never be played again, ever. Synthesizers, no. Chipmunks, no. Every year I wonder if I will be able to find enough good new songs to use for a complete mix of meaningful, pensive, spirited Christmas music. Every year find that with some searching and selective culling, I can.
This year’s mix ranges from the brand-new to quite-old melodies, but all are road tested by yours truly, and I hope they add a pleasing lilt to your holiday celebrations. Last month marked five years of Fuel/Friends, and this is a little year-end gift to you all. Thank you for reading and listening.
It’s Christmas – Coconut Records (oh, Jason, I’ve missed ye)
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – R.E.M. (new 2010 Christmas single)
I Heard The Bells On Christmas – Pedro The Lion
White Christmas – Otis Redding
Listening to Otis Redding At Home During Christmas – Okkervil River
River (Joni Mitchell) – Rosie Thomas (also this might be my favorite winter song of hers, ever)
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear – Laura Gibson
Only At Christmas Time – Sufjan Stevens
Winter Song – The Head and The Heart
I’ll Be Home for Christmas – Leif Vollebekk
Gonna Make It Through The Year – Great Lake Swimmers
Silent Night – My Morning Jacket (live on WFPK)
PS – Hey, the last three years’ mixes are still online!
[top photo from Paris, via this blog]