Christmas is Here – Part IV

I’ll admit it, I was a bit moody the last time I wrote about christmas but do not fear for I am in a greatly improved mood! The weather has somewhat improved* and I’ve been listening to Christmas with Nat & Dean (that’s Nat King Cole and Dean Martin) but I think that’s about as musical as this post is going to get I’m afraid. I know, I know, it’s a music blog and should be all about music, but I feel so saturated with christmas music I just can’t let it go on anymore.

Well perhaps just once more as this’ll be my penultimate post about christmas. There’s only 8 days left and I seem to be running out of legitimate content although I do have one more musical christmas treat up my sleeve which I’ll leave for next time.

Isn’t this picture bloody creepy? I’ve not put it there for the ‘message’ so much as the scary looking American Father Christmas. Saying that though christmas does seem to cost a lot, you can ask my bank account.

*Although this may not be inherent of christmas, as I do actually like the weather cold at this time of the year. Hopefully It’ll snow soon (but only on christmas eve, when I get back home.).

Christmas is Here – Part III (The bad bit)

It’s a sad day for everyone due to the news at the death of Sir Patrick Moore. Nevertheless, the blog must go on, and hopefully another free album will cheer you up! But I’m not sure it will. This time it’s the XO for the Holidays Volume V. I have to say, I’m not that impressed with it this year. Yes it’s still got the magical cheer and for those less into the christmas cheers some more depressing numbers, but I feel that the quality of alternative christmas songs is heading downhill. Could I be wrong? Perhaps it’s just that all christmas songs are eventually doomed, just because of their content? I know that there are plenty of good christmas songs out there, such as those from Mogwai, Eels and Frightened Rabbit. These, however, are very rare, and maybe that’s for the best.

We wouldn’t want too many good christmas songs now would we, that would be going against christmas itself! That’s what it’s all about isn’t it, bad songs, too much alcohol and happy people. Bah humbug.* Also you may have noticed the snow pouring down the page, I’m not sure if I like them, and think they’re just a bit annoying. I’m probably going to get rid of it, what do you think?

 

Electric Shepherd – Dovetail

 

*I’m not actually this moody about christmas, at the time, I do like the overly cheery songs and all the tackiness that comes with it!

Christmas is here!

I can tell it is, because there’s snow falling over my wordpress pages. And of course all the disgusting christmas songs that are blaring out in every shop. But I quite like them. I am very tempted into creating a list of christmas songs that I approve of (it seems the done thing in the blogosphere) but I shan’t be. A couple of songs a week should do nicely, as I imagine you’ll be getting flooded with them from every direction anyway.

I’ll start by telling you  my favourite christmas song of all, and my favourite in all its different versions, from the original composed by  Mykola Leontovych through to this one, via the Home Alone version. although this one is my favourite. I first found it last year when downloading the XO for the Holidays Volume 3. They’re not bad compilations, but not all the songs are great. You can download all the samplers (there are five of them now) for free! Hurrah, free stuff!

Paper Tongues – Carol of the Bells