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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 Several of the lyrics (really, the whole scenario of the song) are outdated but I still like this song.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?

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?

Happy Month on the Guitar Train

October is Happy Month on the Guitar Train because October makes Quirky T happy. I love October with football, fabulous food, and fabulous weather. I love the cooler temperatures of fall, my favorite season, as well as its blue skies and colorful leaves.

New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI Champions

New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI Champions

Being a huge New York Giants fan, I’m excited about NFL football in October. Unlike past seasons at this point, the Giants games so far have not made me happy.

 

 

New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte signed photo

New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte signed photo

October usually means New York Yankees playoff baseball. Unfortunately, there won’t be any postseason games for the Yankees after an incredibly injury-filled, tough season. As a long time fan, it was one of the hardest seasons to watch. Too bad Mariano Rivera, baseball’s all time greatest closer, and the great pitcher, Andy Pettitte, couldn’t end their amazing careers with another World Series win.

 

 

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My other favorite October activities are apple picking, navigating corn mazes, and exploring haunted houses. I love eating fresh Macintosh apples, apple crumble, and hearty stews in the fall.

 

 
Music, as always, is something that makes me happy. Two artists whose songs particularly make me happy are Lou Monte and Weird Al Yankovic.

 

 

Loe Monte CD cover
Lou Monte is an Italian American singer from the 1950’s. He sang novelty songs in both English and Italian. His songs are fun and unique. His most popular songs are “Dominick the Donkey (The Italian Christmas Donkey”) and “Lazy Mary (Luna Mezza Mare)”. My favorite Lou Monte songs are “Lazy Mary”, “Calypso Italiano”, and “Mama Get the Hammer (There’s a Fly on Papa’s Head)”. All these songs are on the CD, “The Very Best of Lou Monte”. His music just makes me happy with its fun scenarios and sometimes silliness.

 

 
Weird Al has built a whole career on making people laugh. His parodies of popular songs are hysterical and genius. I really admire his genius in parodying songs of many different musical genres in a way that is mostly non-offensive to the original artist.

 
I just recently heard Weird Al’s parody of Huey Lewis and the News’ “I Want a New Drug” called “I Want a New Duck”. I loved it, very funny. My other favorite Weird Al songs are

 
1. “Eat It” – a parody of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” http://youtu.be/ZcJjMnHoIBI
2. “Another One Rides the Bus” – a parody of Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust”
3. “Bob” – a spot on parody of Bob Dylan which illustrates many things that annoy me about him  http://youtu.be/JUQDzj6R3p4
4. “Dog Eat Dog” – a parody of the Talking Heads’ musical style

 
For a good sampling of Weird Al’s parodies and original songs, I recommend the two CD set, “The Essential Weird Al Yankovic.”

 

 
Guitar Train passengers, is there any music you listen to that makes you (intentionally) laugh?

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