“Well, I would greatly like to oblige, Mr. Collins, but I cannot make this reindeer fly…He only flies on Christmas Eve.” - Kris Kringle
1. JD McPherson – “Twinkle (Little Christmas Lights)”
2. The Dirty Guv’nahs – “Christmas Must Be Tonight”
3. Seabird – “Angels We Have Heard on High”
… on Over the Hill and Everywhere (iTunes). My collection of versions of this song has grown quite a bit this year. I’ve got a favorite version to play at full volume (Annie Lennox – “Angels from the Realms of Glory”). Glo-o-o-o-o-O-o-o-o-o-O-o-o-o-o-O-ri-a. I’ve got a favorite folk version (by Folk Angel, perfect enough). But this one takes the cake for an unexpected rendition that is perfect in its own way. Still shouting “Gloria,” but while tapping and stomping and head bobbing. You killed it, Seabird.
4. The Eastern Sea – This is Christmas
… on First Christmas (iTunes). You can download this track for free on Soundcloud. I love this rhythm so much. I love the vibe. I love the lyrics. I love it all. And at 2:12, when it takes it up a notch, by heart jumps. Every time.
5. fun. – “Sleigh Ride”
… on Holidays Rule (iTunes). The back of our Christmas card this year said “Come on it’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you.” This season, this has been the song stuck in my head the most. That line…over and over. This new version by fun is…well…fun.
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