It’s true. Despite the fact that I work retail and am forced to listen to the same songs every day on a loop, often versions that I dislike, I still love Christmas music. In fact I am one of those people who will listen to Christmas music any time of the year.
Every year I go looking for something new to add to my collection. I scour iTunes and HMV in anticipation of finding a new song or album to love, the one to top my Christmas playlist. In a world full of great song writers you would think it would be easy to find cd’s full of new songs about Christmas and the holidays. Sadly I find this to be untrue.
Every year I buy my Mom a new Christmas cd for her birthday in November. This year it was Rod Stewart’s album Merry Christmas, Baby. A good album and it features Michael Buble (another favourite of Mom’s) on a duet of Winter Wonderland. Of the 13 songs available only one was unfamiliar to me, Red Suited Superman.
I love Rod Stewart’s voice. I love Michael Buble’s voice. There are a lot of artists out there that I love but must they all sing the same songs? On a cd of 12 or 13 songs must ony one of them be an original tune? One of my all time favourite Christmas albums is Nsync’s Home for Christmas partially because of the fact that out of 14 songs on this album only 2 of them are classics and partially because the songs are very pop and catchy!
Don’t get me wrong I love the classics too. I just don’t need 16 different version of Winter Wonderland or Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire. Not to mention my horror of Barbara Streisand’s version of Jingle Bells. I appreciate that she tried to make it her own and add some flair but it’s just terrible.
I love iTunes for this reason. I can buy Rod Stewart’s Red Suited Superman or These Kids Wear Crowns Red White and You
or Cee Lo Green’s All I Need is Love featuring the Muppets without buying the whole cd.
If you haven’t heard All I Need is Love you should really check it out!
I was very excited to hear that this year Olivia Newton John and John Travolta were releasing a Christmas cd. As someone who grew up adoring Grease, how could I not be excited? Even though the cd is primarily classics I had to have it. The one song that I was new to me, I Think You Might Like It, is a lot of fun and their playful version of Baby, It’s Cold Outside made me smile. They have a lot of guest stars on this album which adds a nice bit of flair to the old classics but still it’s probably going to be those two songs that I listen to the most.
My search continues for new and fun Christmas songs. If you’ve got a new favourite please share it with me. And any singer/songwriters out there, please give us something new to enjoy!