Wednesday, December 13, 2006

When you first took my hand on that cold Christmas Eve,
you promised me Broadway was waiting for me
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I've heard tell of an Irish pub in Montreal that, come Christmastime, plays Fairytale of New York on a continuous loop 24/7. I can get behind that. I've listened to it about 17 times already today and I'm just getting started.
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Ben was asking for my favourite Christmas songs, and I have to confess that I actually really enjoy Christmas songs, with the exception of those bastardized ones that come about when misguided, but presumably well-meaning, singers attempt to inject some hip into old standards. And then there are those that sounded bastardized from their very inception. I'm glaring right at you, Jingle Bell Rock! Don't ever play that around me if you don't want a fruitcake shoved up your bum.
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I do love Handel's Messiah, but I've already posted a few selections from that. Beware - I may subject you to a few more in the next couple of weeks.
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And I do have a soft spot for Eartha Kitt's Santa Baby. I have fond memories of my niece, Kristen, belting it out at the top of her lungs as a wee one.
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But I really need to hear Fairytale of New York again, so here's the video.
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- RIP Kirsty MacColl -


27 comments:

mellowlee said...

I needed to hear that today thanks :) I hadn't seen the video in so long. It's kind of sad to see her (Kirsty)isn't it? Heehee, I hate to say this, but I kinda like Jingle Bell Rock (memories of xmas concerts past in elementary school), but thanks for the warning, I won't be playing it around you XD

justacoolcat said...

To heck with the beta blogger!


I swear I comment on people's sites, they post, I come back later, and they are gone.

Damn Blogspot.

Either that or it's a conspiracy perpetuated by the blogs I read.

That's probably it.

Allison said...

I feel slightly left out, I really don't care too much for holiday music. I do however really love 'Silent Night' and '2000 Miles' by the Pretenders. Oh, and I know it probably makes most peoples ears bleed, but the one record we always play is the Alvin and the Chipmunk one...lol. Yet, I will say, so far I've enjoyed all the audio clips posted on the blogs. I like that version of 'Santa Baby.'

On a completely unrelated note, but in the spirit of Christmas, I'm thankful for free wireless in train stop over connections. As I've read every piece of literature with me, and my ipod died. Thank heavens I have you all to keep me entertained.

Evelyne said...

I really enjoyed that video, thanks for posting it. It is the kind of Christmas song that i like, I can't stand the cheesy ones that you hear over and over again in the shopping centres. But this one is really good.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

hehe Jingle Bell Rock is just something we will agree to never speak of again, Mel.
It IS sad to see Kirsty in the video, but I love the song and the video both. That Shane McGowan, man, what can you say about him?

I wasn't supposed to tell you, JACC, because you seem like a nice guy, but all the bloggers are ganging up against you to run you out of town. They want your bandwidth.

2000 Miles is a great song, Allison. Isn't Chrissie amazing? I am always gobsmacked by her. And Santa Baby has the right measure of materialism that we all feel but don't usually admit.
But Alvin and the Chipmunks? Your family has some masochistic tendencies I think LOLZ!
Glad to hear they have wireless on the stopovers! Travel is getting so cilivized. Hope your trip was decent, what with the lack of ipod and books and all.

You definitely don't hear this one played in the malls, Evelyne! I like some of the old standard songs and some carols, but a lot of Chistmas music is so horrible!

mellowlee said...

Ok, agreed hee! (it's shrrrrimpy!)

Heehee, Shane...such lovely teeth *G*
He kills me. I heart him.

I listened to a song from Love Actually the other day and forgot how much I like it. It really sounds happy, and make me want to actually CELEBRATE Christmas. It's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" There are a few versions out there. Not sure which I like best :)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Oh it's shrrrrimpy, alright, Mel!

Shane McGowan actually looks better without his teeth than he did with them. I still love him though.

I am going to go look for "All I Want For Christmas Is You" right now. Everybody has been pointing me to new (to me) Christmas songs these last few days. It's great.

mellowlee said...

I just sent it to your shaw mail Barb :)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Thanks a bunch Mel! Going to go check it out!

Dale said...

One of my favourites too Barbara although I can handle Jingle Bell Rock once or twice a season. I'll be careful though and tread lightly. Don't want no heavy fruitcake anywhere near me.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

And I've got two massive bricks of brandy fruitcake in the fridge, Dale. That brandy'd sting too.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I enjoyed that video. I'm not much for videos but that one captured New York for me with all its bittersweet sentiments. I love New York but it was also where I came to realize that something I had wanted my entire life and assumed I would have was not going to be. "You promised me Broadway," aww.

kees said...

RIP Kirsty indeed. Such a great voice. And lovely person too as far as I can tell.
2000 miles is great. Me and my sis always sing 'Another Rock and Roll Christmas' and/or 'Step Into Christmas' at the top of our lungs from late September onwards.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

And Christmas can also be a very bittersweet time as well, Toccata. I'm glad you enjoyed the video and that it brought back memories for you.

Late September on! Kees, you and your sister are so subversive. Some Christmas songs really must be sung year-round though, Fairytale of New York, being on one of them. I remember Eva telling me that she and her friend did a duet of it at their grad dance last spring.

Ben said...

Matt Dillon always says that appearing in the video to "The Fairytale Of New York" was the greatest acting moment of his life.

If I picked just one it would be "2000 Miles". Chrissie was so lovestruck and missing her beau Jim Kerr from Simple Minds and the words have such longing.

Anonymous said...

One of my favorites, as well! Love the Pogues in general. She did some work with Billy Bragg, too, I think.

Kristy's uncle Ewan MacColl is married to Pete Seeger's half-sister Peggy, and wrote "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" for her. Roberta Flack had a huge hit with it in the early seventies. I like her version, but Ewan's is worth tracking down too.

Jetson Stamina said...

Your CD is on the way. :)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I had heard that about Matt Dillon as well, Ben. I think there really must have been a special environment during the making of that video. I think the participants knew they had something unique happening.
2000 Miles is a lovely song, and I am always so amazed by Chrissie Hynde.

Wow, you are just a wealth of information, Johnny Yen! You must be really good at 6 Degrees Of...

Thanks Jetson! You da bomb, big guy!

hilary m. said...

17, I thought I was crazy for listening to Fairytale of New York 5 times in a row.

My parents weirdly collect Christmas cds (weird because my families not that festive). We have a whole bunch, my dad has some surf music Christmas cds (oh the irony!). I'm starting to like some of my Sufjan Steven's songs though...

Leazwell said...

Santa Baby brings up such vivid visions - can't you just see a moll singing it in some film noir.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I've only heard one song from the Sufjan Stevens Christms cd, Hilary, but I can't for the life of it remember what it was.
I've collected a bit of Calgary Christmas cds over the years - the Dino Martinis and Tim Tamashira among others. It's our civic duty.

Oh yes, you've nailed it, Leazwell. That's exactly what it puts me in mind of.

hilary m. said...

My parents have the Dino Martini's, I suppose it is their civic duty..

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Your parents are good citizens, Hilary.

Anonymous said...

wow...that is an amazing song, i never heard it before, thanks

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It is amazing isn't it, Kelly? Glad you enjoyed it.

Anonymous said...

I am indeed a font of useless information.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

A veritable font you are, Johnny Yen, but you never know when you will need to put that info to good use.