25 Days Of Christmas Music 2021: Day 19

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Today’s song has all the elements of a great performance. It is a classic holiday tune done in a beautiful arrangement led by a powerful, ethereal, melodic voice. One could even say it is fit for a queen. That is appropriate since the singer is one. All hail Aretha.

Joyful all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With angelic host proclaim
Christ is born in Bethlehem
“.

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Aretha Franklin: “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” (2008, written by Felix Mendelssohn and Charles Wesley).

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25 Days Of Christmas Music 2021: Day 18

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day 18

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I try to find a-new-to-me Christmas song every year to add to my playlist. I found this one six years ago after hearing the soundtrack to the 2015 film, “Love The Coopers”. I still have not seen the movie but I listen to a lot of the music featured in it including this tune by one of the most interesting duos music ever brought together, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.

Snow falling right on time
Another church bell chimes
And we’re only hours away
From the light of Christmas Day
“.

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Robert Plant and Alison Krauss: “The Light Of Christmas Day” (2015, written by Charles Duncan).

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25 Days Of Christmas Music 2021: Day 17

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Day 17

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Today’s song makes my list every year.

It is by Ray Charles.

End of story.

Sleigh bells ring are you listening?
In the lane, snow is glistening
A beautiful sight we’re happy tonight
Walking in a winter wonderland
“.

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Ray Charles: “Winter Wonderland” (1985, written by Felix Bernard and Richard Bernhard Smith).

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25 Days Of Christmas Music 2021: Day 16

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Day 16

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The string arrangement on today’s song is incredibly beautiful but when paired with the singer’s soft expressive voice it becomes one of the most stunning versions of this carol I have ever heard. Not many artists reinvent traditional Christmas tunes when they choose to record them but this artist did just that with this remarkable performance.

This star drew nigh to the northwest
Over Bethlehem it took its rest
And there it did both pause and stay
Right o’er the place where Jesus lay
“.

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Sleeping At Last’s Ryan O’Neal circa 2010. (Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

Sleeping At Last: “The First Noel” (2017, traditional).

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25 Days Of Christmas Music 2021: Day 15

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Day 15

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December 12th marked the 106th birth anniversary of Francis Albert Sinatra. A singer, an actor, a member of Hollywood’s Rat Pack and an overall entertainer & artist, the man was a legend who continues to enthrall fans with his towering reputation and existence. No one had a life like Sinatra.

Today’s tune may technically be considered a children’s Christmas song and Sinatra’s fellow New Jersey-ite Bruce Springsteen may have a more popular version in the rock genre. But The Chairman Of The Board turned this classic into a sophisticated big band grown up track that endures nearly 75 years after its original recording in 1947. It is still Frank Sinatra’s world and we are all just living in it. How lucky are we?

He sees you when you’re sleeping
He knows when you’re awake
He knows if you’ve been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake
“.

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Frank Sinatra: “Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town” (1947, written by John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie).

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25 Days Of Christmas Music 2021: Day 14

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Classic crooners get me every time. Today’s singer is one of my favorites, not to mention a staple from my childhood holiday seasons. Growing up in an Italian-American household made this man’s music mandatory. And I am eternally grateful for that.

When we finally kiss goodnight
How I’ll hate going out in the storm
But if you’ll really hold me tight
All the way home I’ll be warm”.

Dean

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Dean Martin: “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let Is Snow!” (1966, written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne).

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25 Days Of Christmas Music 2021: Day 13

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day 13

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It just would not be Christmas without watching “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer”. I enjoy all the music but the songs by the jovial singing snowman are my favorites.

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Burl Ives and his counterpart, Sam The Snowman, circa 1964. (Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

Burl Ives: “Holly Jolly Christmas” (1964, written by Johnny Marks).

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25 Days Of Christmas Music 2021: Day 12

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13

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This song is a yearly tradition I learned from David Letterman. He reintroduced this woman’s tremendously versatile incredibly powerful voice to his audience in the 1980’s & continued to do so every year until he retired in 2015. It created a ripple effect that finally helped this singer get the recognition she so greatly deserved. And that is just one of the many debts I owe that witty sarcastic smart wonderful funny talented adorable man.

Pretty lights on the tree
I’m watching them shine
You should be here with me
Baby please come home
“.

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Darlene Love with David Letterman circa 2010. (Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

Darlene Love: “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” (1963, written by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich and Phil Spector).

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25 Days Of Christmas Music 2021: Day 11

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day 11

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Sam Cooke is considered to be one of the preeminent soul artists in music history. During his career as a singer, songwriter, arranger & business man, Cooke was successful in nearly everything he did. He started performing as a gospel singer with The Soul Stirrers, then embraced secular music as the original soul crooner before playing a significant role in the civil rights movement. His influence was worldwide and inspired many artists, including Motown legend Marvin Gaye.

He was devastated by Cooke’s untimely death in 1964 but Gaye continued Cooke’s legacy of making stunning music with a social conscience. That extended to today’s holiday song which Gaye co-wrote in 1972 to express what his brother & others in service to our country in Vietnam were longing for every day, especially during the Christmas season.

I’d give anything to see
A little Christmas tree
And to hear the laughter
Of children playing in the snow
To kiss my baby under the mistletoe
“.

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Marvin Gaye: “I Want To Come Home For Christmas” (1990, written in 1972 by Marvin Gaye and Forest Hairston).

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25 Days Of Christmas Music 2021: Day 10

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day 10

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We may not have a lot of music from Otis Redding because he died entirely too young but the songs he did give us are absolutely astonishing. That includes his cover of today’s holiday classic which he recorded in his signature soulful style. What a gift this man was to music.

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
With every Christmas card I write
May your days be merry and bright
And may all your Christmases be white
“.

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Otis Redding: “White Christmas” (1967, written by Irving Berlin).

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