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The 25 Days of Christmas…Music – Days 14 & 15

Over the next 25 days we’ll be sharing classic holiday songs, modern holiday songs, classic holiday songs sang by modern groups/singers and some songs that just sound like holiday songs because they use sleigh bells and sing like Bing Crosby. I hope you’ll enjoy as we haphazardly choose (I realize that’s ironic) some holiday tunes for you.

Day 14 – We’re hitting the home stretch. At this point I hope you’re eating that terrible chocolate from your advent calendar. Love what it stands for, but let’s face it, that chocolate is terrible. I mentioned in a previous post my love for the band Copeland. They did a version of “Do You Hear What I Hear?” that I often listen to on repeat as it gets closer to Christmas day. His voice coupled with the instrumentals backing it make for a truly amazing Christmas song.

Day 15 – I’d like to thank Ben Gibbard for 3 things:

  1. The entire Postal Service album
  2. Ending things with Zooey Deschanel so I have a chance
  3. This version of Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

The simplest of guitar riffs (it’s only 4 chords), yet he does such an awesome job with his version of this song. It probably has something to do with effortless ability to sound super emo and this being likely the most emo Christmas song ever written.

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The 25 Days of Christmas…Music – Day 12 & 13

Over the next 25 days we’ll be sharing classic holiday songs, modern holiday songs, classic holiday songs sang by modern groups/singers and some songs that just sound like holiday songs because they use sleigh bells and sing like Bing Crosby. I hope you’ll enjoy as we haphazardly choose (I realize that’s ironic) some holiday tunes for you.

Short and sweet today.

Elvis. The King. Singing Blue Christmas with Martina McBride. Modern technology is so awesome. Damn Elvis was a good-lookin bro.

Porky Pig, then follows up to sing the same song. Poor guy, I guess stuttering problems were funny in his day.

The 25 Days of Christmas…Music – Day 11

Over the next 25 days we’ll be sharing classic holiday songs, modern holiday songs, classic holiday songs sang by modern groups/singers and some songs that just sound like holiday songs because they use sleigh bells and sing like Bing Crosby. I hope you’ll enjoy as we haphazardly choose (I realize that’s ironic) some holiday tunes for you.

For anyone who’s a regular reader of Writing Bareback, it’s pretty clear that I am a stickler for the details. So it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that I also like to plan ahead. I’d like to think that I’m equal parts planner and spontaneous. Like a well blended Arnold Palmer (or John Daly if it’s sweet tea vodka).

Where am I headed with this?

I’m a big fan of the holiday song “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” So, given my love of planning, and its December 11th, it’s only fitting that I ask this question 20 days in advance. This year one of my favorite groups, The Head and the Heart out of Seattle, did a great version of this tune. I REALLY think you’re gonna dig this one. Enjoy!

The 25 Days of Christmas…Music – Day(s) 6-10

Over the next 25 days we’ll be sharing classic holiday songs, modern holiday songs, classic holiday songs sang by modern groups/singers and some songs that just sound like holiday songs because they use sleigh bells and sing like Bing Crosby. I hope you’ll enjoy as we haphazardly choose (I realize that’s ironic) some holiday tunes for you.

…and we’re back. While I’ve been completely failing at blogging over the last 4 days, I’ve been very successful at living. So, there’s that. I’d also like to apologize for forcing you to listen the Adam Sandler sing in his weird baby voice for 4 straight days. Today, I’ll leave off all (or as much as I can) of my (pointless) commentary and just serve up 5 holiday (music) treats.

Day 6: First there was The Format – Holly Jolly Christmas… You’ll recognize the weird long-haired hippie in the orange shirt as pre-Fun. lead man Nate Ruess.

Day 7: Then there was Fun. and they discovered a synthesizer. – Sleigh Ride

Day 8: After that there was Seth Cohen reminding us that he was hipster, before there were hipsters; and I’m bringing him back to remind us that at some point we all tried to convince ourselves that The OC wasn’t a soap opera and that they were actually good actors.  Long live Chrismukkah. Californiaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

Day 9:  Following up Rooney, let’s keep it really indie and festive with The Shins doing their best Paul McCartney impression (and I’d like to add they do an awesome job with this one) with the 1979 original Wonderful Christmastime.

Day 10:  Finally, the ever talented actress, singer (and future Mrs. Cooksey), Zooey Deschanel sings my least favorite holiday song and almost makes me enjoy it. In Baby, It’s Cold Outside she reverses the roles and she’s the one convincing the guy to stay. If she ever asked me to do a duet with her in this song, it would be about about an 18 second song and would go something like this:

Me:  “I really can’t stay”

Mrs Cooksey (Zooey):  “But, baby it’s cold outside”

Me:  “OK. You win. Let’s keep drinking and make some bad decisions”

OR:

Me:  “I really should stay”

Zooey:  “It’s not that bad, creeper. I’ll walk you out”

And on that note, She & Him, Baby It’s Cold Outside

 

The 25 Days of Christmas…Music – On the 5th Day..

Over the next 25 days we’ll be sharing classic holiday songs, modern holiday songs, classic holiday songs sang by modern groups/singers and some songs that just sound like holiday songs because they use sleigh bells and sing like Bing Crosby. I hope you’ll enjoy as we haphazardly choose (I realize that’s ironic) some holiday tunes for you.

Yes, I realize that the title of this countdown has Christmas directly in it. But I also can’t ignore the Festival of Lights for all my Jewish folks out there. And since Hanukkah kicks off this Saturday, I wanted to show some love and help get everyone feeling festive.

This song first debuted on Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update on December 3rd 1994 (for those counting that was…….18 years ago! Talk about feeling old). A young Adam Sandler flexed is golden vocal chords when he sang a the Hanukkah equivalent of Christmas’ “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” We all know The Chanukah Song and can probably sing all of about 35% of it (I think everyone knows the OJ Simpson line).

The song is so hilarious that it even inspired a full-length cartoon movie spin off “Eight Crazy Nights” (which was terrible). We’ll forgive you for that, Adam, as long as you agree to never make another movie like “Jack and Jill.” Seriously, please save us all.

The 25 Days of Christmas…Music. On the 4th day…

I happen to think this is hilarious.

Over the next 25 days we’ll be sharing classic holiday songs, modern holiday songs, classic holiday songs sang by modern groups/singers and some songs that just sound like holiday songs because they use sleigh bells and sing like Bing Crosby. I hope you’ll enjoy as we haphazardly choose (I realize that’s ironic) some holiday tunes for you.

Tonight we bring you a classic Christmas carol, and no this one isn’t rapped hardcore by a has been rapper. Tonight’s song is from by one of my favorite groups. The band is Lydia from Gilbert, AZ and after a 2 year hiatus came back in 2012 with a brand new album “Paint it Golden” (if you don’t own it, you should own it; if you do own it, you’ll agree). Enough background, they did a great take on “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” So kick back tonight, grab yourself a cup of hot cocoa, or sleepy time tea or whatever and enjoy this tune.

The 25 Days of Christmas…Music

Over the next 25 days we’ll be sharing classic holiday songs, modern holiday songs, classic holiday songs sang by modern groups/singers and some songs that just sound like holiday songs because they use sleigh bells and sing like Bing Crosby. I hope you’ll enjoy as we haphazardly choose (I realize that’s ironic) some holiday tunes for you.

We had talked about doing a countdown to Christmas in music form to help warm your little hearts for the holiday season. And then today, December 1st, as I had a mini panic attack at the mall due to slow walkers and screaming babies and drank a hot Cafe Americano while it’s 75 degrees outside…I just REALLY felt the Holiday joy.

I used to be sooo into pop-punk. As a result, from age 15-17 Blink 182 was my favorite band (it may have been longer than that, but I’ll never admit to it). Blink 182’s I Won’t Be Home For Christmas become one of my favorite holiday jams. It doesn’t exactly scream Christmas Joy, but what it lacks jolliness it makes up for in humor. Enjoy!