Friday Flotsam: Holiday Tunes

December 10, 2010

{Our front door. As you can see I ran out of decorating steam (though we do like to keep the outside simple.}

Today’s travel schedule, with its puny 30-minute blocks of free time, prevents the regularly-scheduled weekly dose of Flotsam.

In its place, here are some of my favorite uncommon holiday tunes. I’m assuming you already have more Duke Ellington’s Three Suites, Vince Guaraldi Trio, How The Grinch Stole ChristmasElla Fitzgerald and Bing Crosby than an elf has hammers.

For traditional carols, try Choir of King’s College, The Philadelphia Brass Ensemble, Musica Sacra, The Elizabethan Singers, and St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir.

  1. Baby It’s Cold Outside / Leon Redbone & Zooey Deschanel
  2. I Saw Three Ships / Sufjan Stevens
  3. Christmas in New Orleans / Louis Armstrong
  4. White Christmas / The Drifters
  5. Little Drummer Boy / Ray Charles
  6. Fairytale of New York / The Pogues
  7. Merry Christmas Baby / Otis Redding
  8. All That I Want / The Weepies
  9. We Three Kings of Orient Are / The Beach Boys
  10. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas / James Taylor
  11. I Want Your For Christmas / Dick Robinson & His Orchestra
  12. No Christmas for Me / Zee Avi
  13. I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm / Kay Starr
  14. Sleigh Ride / The Ronettes
  15. White Winter Hymnal / Sonos
  16. Put the Loot in the Boot, Santa / Mae West
  17. Little Saint Nick (Alternate Version) / The Beach boys
  18. Winter Wonderland / Darlene Love
  19. X-Mas Twist / The Twistin’ Kings
  20. Someday at Christmas / Stevie Wonder
  21. Send Me Your Love For Christmas / Retro Christmas Party
  22. Run Rudolph Run / Chuck Berry

What favorites of yours did I miss? Or are your ears bleeding by this time of year?  Sound off in the comments.

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Kevin December 13, 2010 at 11:11 am

“All I Want for Christmas is You”, Vince Vance & The Valiants. Singing lead is the gutsy, soulful, can-almost-cut-glass voice of Lisa Layne. NOT to be confused with the one by Mariah whoever….they’re not even close !

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