Every year for the past couple of years I’ve posted some favorite Christmas songs. Somehow in this turbulent year, I think we can say that the Grinch (COVID) “hadn’t stopped Christmas from coming! It came! Somehow or other, it came just the same!” Here’s a few tunes to drink a hot toddy by.
When I’ve done this post previously, several people – usually from Old Blighty – have wondered why I never featured Greg Lake’s “I Believe In Father Christmas.” Simple reason. I’d never heard of it. What the Brits call Father Christmas we refer to as Santa Claus. So, to my knowledge, it was never a hit over here. But in the spirit of Christmas and given that London appears to be entirely shut down, here’s Greg Lake:
“Gaudete” (Rejoice) by Steeleye Span may be my favorite Christmas song ever. Something about the feel of it and the outstanding a capella rendition:
For some reason that put me in a somewhat spiritual mood. I’m not even sure if this next one is a Christmas song per se. Certainly should be. Those of you with long memories will recognize “Nunc dimittis” as the theme music from the long-ago Alec Guinness version of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. We’ll do this as a tribute to one of my favorite authors, John Le Carre who recently passed away.
Bette Midler has a nice Christmas album called Cool Yule. Her version of ‘O Come, O Come Emmanuel’ has a haunting feel to it:
And to round it off, let’s go with John Lennon and “Happy XMAS (War Is Over.)” Merry Christmas, John. And to you too, Yoko.