Holy Crap, Internets! While I was redoing a project for work for, oh, the THIRD EFFING TIME because The Other is an incompetent ass I should never trust her I am slightly Type-A, I realized that it’s officially time to bust out the Christmas music on the iPod. Why this didn’t connect with me after Thanksgiving, I don’t know. Why I didn’t think of it last week, the first week of December- well shit. I had a lot on my mind. Ok? Cut me some slack.
Shut up. You do it. I know you do. And if you don’t, you should try it. I personally prefer the pigeon-toed boppy style, a la the kid in the yellow shirt.
And now, because I know you’re practically peeing your pants wanting to know “Oh, Nerdy Txtingmrdarcy, what do you have on YOUR Christmas playlist??” I present my faves.
“Green And Gold”~ Sugarland
New holiday cds are like strippers… They tantalize you with their wintery graphics and shiny wrappers. “Ooo, who jumped on the holiday bandwagon this year?” you wonder, as you pause by the display at Target. And shit, I can’t say no to Sugarland. Mostly because I have a girly crush on Jennifer Nettles. Her voice is like melted chocolate or a glass of cabernet. Rich, lush, and oh-so-womanly. She could sing some prior auth criteria for me and I’d frickin love it.
“Holiday Spirits”~ Straight No Chaser
If you haven’t heard this all male a capella group’s version of “The 12 Days of Christmas,” get to Youtube, iTunes, or Amazon right now. And then buy the cd. It’s brilliant. And I can’t get through that track without laughing, and jumping up from my cube to force some unsuspecting coworker to listen to it. Sorry Genius Boy. And Amanda. And Courtney. And… Oh, where was I?
Consider yourself a bit of a music snob? This is the album for you. Christmas/Winter songs by some indie (and not so indie) darlings, including Sarah Bareilles, Ingrid Michaelson, Colbie Caillat and Priscilla Ahn. Sara and Ingrid’s duet alone is worth the cost of the download/album.
“A Charlie Brown Christmas”~ The Vince Guaraldi Trio
Oh yeah. If I know you don’t have this album, you will probably be getting it for Christmas. How many times have I watched “Charlie Brown Christmas?” Too many to count. Nothing stirs up nostalgia like the opening piano chords of “O Tannenbaum” or the lazy swirls of “Skating.” It’s also great jazzy background music for holiday get-togethers.
“The Christmas Song”~ Nat King Cole/”Crooner’s Christmas”~ Various Artists
Nat King Cole’s version of “The Christmas Song” is the ultimate classic. I’ve been listening to it since it was in record form, and though I didn’t love it as a little Brooke (“This is crackly and stupid. Put on Manheim Steamroller!”)(God, I’m so ashamed.), I definitely more than appreciate it now. “Crooner’s Christmas” is a wicked cheap compilation with songs from Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Nat King Cole. You have to be willing to suffer through a little Clay Aiken with that one, though. (*vom*)
Now excuse me while I grab some eggnog, go curl up by the fire and get my Christmas Groove on.
What are your holiday music must-haves, Internet?