The holidays are here, and I am an unrepentant fan. Here in North America the days are short, the nights are long, and everything is in lights. Of course, things are always in lights here in New Orleans. They just change colors with the seasons.
Love the holidays though I do, I can. not. stand. most holiday music for one reason: overexposure. Sure, it was fine as a kid. It was great when “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” would creep up between whatever songs by Richard Marx and Debbie Gibson were popular that year. Then came the advent of the 24-7 Christmas music station from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. Then came the store and restaurant muzak stations. The fun, occasional tunes from days of yore became inescapable. Now, all I need to fly into hysterics is to hear the words, “So this is Christmas…”
(To be fair, I hated that song as a kid, too. Sorry, John Lennon.)
But I never stopped loving the idea of holiday music, so I’ve developed a cache of tunes over the years that I’m unlikely to hear anyplace else. If you feel the same, I’m here to share a few tunes with you.
In 2001, My Morning Jacket played a beautiful, live holiday set in the Louisville, KY, studio of WFPK, and it’s preserved for you to download from the Internet Archive. Do it. If this is your type of music at all, this is something really special.
On the complete opposite end of the rainbow is this pot of NOLA Bounce gold. It used to be a free download on SoundCloud, but all those links seem dead. It doesn’t seem available for purchase anywhere, but some of the tracks can be found by creative Googling and YouTube searching if you want a taste of the joy that was. For all your holiday twerking needs, try Christmas Tree and This Christmas.
May your days be merry and bright, etc., etc.