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Quirky T’s Favorite Christmas Songs

 

Christmas greetings to all Guitar Train passengers!  To help you celebrate the holiday in a secular way, here is a reposting of Quirky T’s favorite Christmas songs. These are the songs I’ll be listening to repeatedly.

 

  1. “Jingle Bells” – Barbra Streisand
  2. “A Marshmallow World” – Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin
  3. “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” – Dean Martin
  4. “Shake Hands With Santa Claus” – Louis Prima
  5. “Sleigh Ride” – The Ronettes
  6. “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” – Bruce Springsteen

 

No Christmas season would be complete without hearing Barbra Streisand’s highly caffeinated version of “Jingle Bells”. It’s as if before the recording of this song, she was told, “Okay, we have only have the recording studio for two minutes. Finish drinking your extra large espresso and let’s go.” The result must be heard to be enjoyed. It brings me joy every time I hear it.

Christmas with The Rat Pack

“A Marshmallow World” from the CD “Christmas with The Rat Pack” portrays a lovely winter setting that makes me happy. I wish it would snow enough to re-enact this song.

 

There are many versions of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” but Dean Martin’s version is my favorite. It is also on the CD “Christmas with The Rat Pack”. Several of the lyrics (really, the whole scenario of the song) are outdated but I still like this song. The lyrics that always get me are the mention of death from pneumonia if the girlfriend leaves, very romantic.

Mob Hits Christmas

I put Louis Prima in the same category as Lou Monte (see my post on Lou Monte in Happy Month https://guitartrain.wordpress.com/2013/10/03/happy-month-on-the-guitar-train/  ). Louis Prima’s novelty songs are fun like Lou Monte’s songs. “Shake Hands with Santa Claus” is just a fun, upbeat song. It can be found on the CD “Mob Hits Christmas” which sadly doesn’t contain Lou Monte’s “Dominick the Donkey (The Italian Christmas Donkey)”, another classic Christmas novelty song. That song is on the first “Mob Hits” CD which was released before the “Mob Hits Christmas” CD.

There are many versions of the song “Sleigh Ride” but by far my favorite is by The Ronettes. Their version is fast and fun. It cuts out the slow, boring verses and ends with you wanting to hear more.

 

I haven’t heard every single Bruce Springsteen song but from the ones I have heard, he seems to be quite a serious person. What I love about his version of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” is he seems to be having so much fun. It’s just a happy, energetic rocking song.

 

Guitar Train passengers, what are your favorite secular Christmas songs and why?

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Easter Songs

 

Easter is on Sunday so Quirky T is conducting the Guitar Train to listen to Easter songs. For some reason, Easter songs are not sung in joyful caroling sessions outside of churches the way Christmas songs are. Easter songs are also not played continually on mainstream radio. That’s too bad since they are very joyful songs and should be sung in large gatherings inside and outside of churches.

The Last Supper

Here are my favorite songs to hear at Easter Sunday Mass:

 

  1. “Jesus Christ is Risen Today”
  2. “Christ, Be Our Light”
  3. “I Am the Bread of Life”
  4. “City of God”

 

Cadbury Crème Egg

Cadbury Crème Egg

For post Lent, I will try to turn the abstinence of Lent into the moderation of everyday life and stop myself from devouring an entire Easter basket filled with of my beloved Cadbury Crème Eggs and Cadbury Mini Eggs. These chocolates are so good and are only available once a year. I feel like I have to eat as many as possible before they once again disappear from the store shelves.

 

Happy Easter to all Guitar Train passengers and anyone who just happened to stumble upon this Guitar Train stop.

 

Playing Christmas Songs After Christmas

snow scene

Even though Christmas Day has come and gone, I believe Christmas songs should still be playing on the radio and in stores.  The Christmas season lasts until New Year’s Day.  The cut off from playing Christmas songs seems so abrupt since people are still visiting each other and exchanging gifts.

Besides, some so called Christmas songs are also winter songs such as

  1. “A Marshmallow World”
  2. “Sleigh Ride”
  3. “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”
  4. “Let It Snow, Let it Snow, Let It Snow”
  5. “Winter Wonderland”

Guitar Train passengers, do you think Christmas songs should continue to be played after Christmas Day has passed?  Why or why not?

Quirky T wishes all Guitar Train passengers a very Happy New Year.  Get your ticket ready to hop aboard The Guitar Train next month for Music Video Month.

Quirky T’s Favorite Christmas Songs

Moving along on the track of Christmas songs this month, this stop looks at Quirky T’s favorite secular songs.  They are

  1. “Jingle Bells” – Barbra Streisand
  2. “A Marshmallow World” – Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin
  3. “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” – Dean Martin
  4. “Shake Hands With Santa Claus” – Louis Prima
  5. “Sleigh Ride” – The Ronettes 
  6. “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” – Bruce Springsteen

No Christmas season would be complete without hearing Barbra Streisand’s highly caffeinated version of “Jingle Bells”.  It’s as if before the recording of this song, she was told, “Okay, we only have the recording studio for two minutes.  As soon as you finish drinking your extra large espresso, we’ll start.”  The result must be heard to be enjoyed.  It brings me joy every time I hear it.

Christmas with The Rat Pack

“A Marshmallow World” from the CD “Christmas with The Rat Pack” portrays a lovely winter setting that makes me happy.  I wish it would snow enough to re-enact this song.

There are many versions of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” but Dean Martin’s version is my favorite.  It is also on the CD “Christmas with The Rat Pack”.  Several of the lyrics (really, the whole scenerio of the song) are outdated but I still like this song.  The lyrics that always get me are the mention of death from pneumonia if the girlfriend leaves, very romantic.

Mob Hits Christmas

I put Louis Prima in the same category as Lou Monte (see my post on Lou Monte in Happy Month https://guitartrain.wordpress.com/2013/10/03/happy-month-on-the-guitar-train/ ).  Louis Prima’s novelty songs are fun like Lou Monte’s songs.  “Shake Hands with Santa Claus” is just a fun, upbeat song.  It can be found on the CD “Mob Hits Christmas” which sadly doesn’t contain Lou Monte’s “Dominick the Donkey (The Italian Christmas Donkey)”, another classic Christmas novelty song.  That song is on the first “Mob Hits” CD which was released before the “Mob Hits Christmas” CD.

There are many versions of the song “Sleigh Ride” but by far my favorite is by The Ronettes.  Their version is fast and fun.  It cuts out the slow, boring verses and ends with you wanting to hear more.

I haven’t heard every single Bruce Springsteen song but from the ones I have heard, he seems to be quite a serious person.  What I love about his version of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” is he seems to be having so much fun.  It’s just a happy, energetic rocking song.

Guitar Train passengers, what are your favorite secular Christmas songs and why?

My Favorite Christmas Songs by My Favorites

GE, JS, and BM Christmas CDs

To continue this month’s look at Christmas songs, The Guitar Train stops to look at Quirky T’s favorite Christmas songs by her favorite musicians.  It seems that almost every recording artist has, at some point in their careers, released a CD of Christmas songs.  The Beatles, as a group and solo, Gloria Estefan, Jon Secada, and Barry Manilow have all released songs or albums of Christmas songs – religious, secular, and even original.  I have the Christmas albums of Gloria Estefan, Jon Secada, and Barry Manilow and I bring them out every December to play constantly and enjoy.  Huey Lewis and the News recorded the song “Winter Wonderland” in their great musical style.  I would love a whole album of their versions of Christmas classics and originals.  On another track, I am glad that Genesis never followed the trend and made a Christmas album.

Here are my favorite Christmas songs by my favorites:

  1. Paul McCartney – “Wonderful Christmas Time”
  2. Gloria Estefan – “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow”
  3. Huey Lewis and the News – “Winter Wonderland”

 

Guitar Train passengers, have your favorite musicians recorded Christmas songs?  Who are they and what are your favorite Christmas songs they recorded?

Religious Christmas Songs

This December on The Guitar Train, Quirky T presents Christmas songs.  The first stop is religious Christmas songs.  It seems the phrase “religious Christmas songs” should be redundant but unfortunately it isn’t.  More and more Christmas songs are not about the birth of Jesus, instead they are about material things or romantic feelings towards other people.  On another track, I don’t understand why non-Christian singers record religious Christmas songs.  Since they don’t believe in Jesus, what does Christmas mean to them?  Stores are closed?  Less traffic on the streets?  No mail delivery?  A sudden abundance of red and green decorations?

To get back on track, here are my favorite religious Christmas songs.

  1. “Go, Tell It On the Mountain”
  2. “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”
  3. “Joy to the World”
  4. “O Come, All Ye Faithful”
  5. “Silent Night” 

Guitar Train passengers, what are your favorite religious Christmas songs?

pfeffernusse

pfeffernusse

Tomorrow, December 6, is the Feast of St. Nicholas.  Quirky T wishes everyone a Happy Feast of St. Nicholas and much soft, fresh pfeffernüsse.

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