25 Days Of Christmas Music 2021: Day 25

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Day 25

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Merry Christmas to all who celebrate. May you find comfort in the peace, joy & meaning of the season.

He rules the world with truth and grace
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness
And wonders of His love
“.

dolly

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Dolly Parton: “Joy To The World” (1990, Traditional).

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25 Days Of Christmas Music 2021: Day 24

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Day 24

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The first volume of A Very Special Christmas came out in 1987. The proceeds went to the Special Olympics but it also introduced the world to obscure performances of holiday songs by some of music’s most notable performers. Thanks to the third volume in the series released in 1997, I discovered today’s track. It felt like 1988 all over again, which was the first time I heard the singer’s beautiful delicate contralto voice on her deeply moving debut single, “Fast Car”. Her take on today’s song is just as poignant and evocative, perfect for this Christmas Eve day. .

A thrill of hope
The weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks
A new and glorious morn’
“.

Tracy

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Tracy Chapman: “O Holy Night” (1997, written by Adolphe Charles Adam and John Sullivan Dwight).

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25 Days Of Christmas Music 2021: Day 23

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silver bells

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I try to present a variety of songs & artists every year on this countdown to make it as fun and diverse as possible. However, I do struggle each December to pick just one song by Elvis Presley. He recorded so many holiday tunes and each one was absolutely glorious. This year was a little easier because this track was one of the first seasonal songs I heard on the radio this year. As soon as I did I realized it was the feature for 2021. All hail The King, especially at Christmas time.

City sidewalks busy sidewalks
Dressed in holiday style
In the air there’s a
Feeling of Christmas”.

Elvis

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Elvis Presley: “Silver Bells” (1971, written by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston).

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25 Days Of Christmas Music 2021: Day 19

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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
“.

ray

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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
“.

Sleeping

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
“.

Frank

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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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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 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
“.

dave

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

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