A friend of mine posted on Facebook the other day asking what song people thought was the most annoying Christmas/holiday song. There were definitely some good responses although some people put down the song they find the most depressing around the holidays rather than the most annoying. I had one very clear vote…
Christmas is 11 days away after all (holy crap, seriously!?) So here goes… which song is your favorite Christmas song? If you come from a religious tradition – is there a religious Christmas song you really like in addition to secular ones? And which Christmas song makes you want to claw your eyes out?My favorite religious Christmas songs:
- O Come, O Come Emanuel (technically an Advent song… I know)
- Oh Come All Ye Faithful (Celine Dion version)
- Oh Little Town of Bethlehem (Amy Grant version)
- O Holy Night (Jewel does a really good version as does the Cast of Glee)
- Silent Night (there are numerous artists who do this song justice, and instrumental versions tend to be beautiful as well)
- Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Christina Aguilera version – I wont be judged!)
- Baby, It’s Cold Outside
- Cold December Night
- Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer
I’m going to make a bold statement and say there are few people in this world who are neither fans of Glee nor fans of Whitney Houston. For those of you who love both Whitney and Glee, this one is for you. This coming Tuesday, the cast of Glee will be performing a homage to Ms Houston who tragically passed away not too long ago at the far too young age of 47. In typical Glee fashion, Fox has let one of the promos for Tuesday’s show leak… and features Rachel Berry (Lea Michele), Santana Lopez (Naya Rivera), Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer), and Mercedes Jones (Amber Patrice Riley) singing a beautifully stunning and chilling acapella rendition of one of Whitney’s classic hits… How Will I Know
Step 2: Post the first line from the first 20 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing the song.
Step 3: Post and let everyone you know guess what song and artist the lines come from.
Step 4: Strike out the songs when someone guesses correctly.
Step 5: Looking them up on Google or any other search engine is CHEATING!
1. I could stay awake, just to hear you breathing.
2. I just wanna rock you, all night long
3. If it weren’t for your maturity none of this would have happened
4. Took my love and took it down
5. People are talking, talking bout people
6. There are times I look in the mirror
7. I cant stand to fly, I’m not that naive
8. Bows and flows of angel hair and ice cream castles in the air
9. So denied, so I lied, are you the now or never kind?
10. Fragile seams, I opened up to quick and all my dream were walking out
11. Stars shining bright above you
12. I was like peace in a groove on a Sunday afternoon
13. I wont talk, I wont breathe
14. Knew a girl, name was Truth, she was a horrible liar
15. It’s over and done but the heartache lives on inside
16. I sit two stories above the street, it’s awful quiet here since love fell asleep
17. I came to have a party, open off the Bacardi
18. I try and I try to stop the voices that go round in my head
19. Big wheels keep on turning, carry me home to see my kin
20. This beat is automatic, supersonic, hypnotic funky fresh
I saw a commercial on TV the other day for the best hits of Carole King. I dont think very many people my age realize just how influential Carole King has been as both a singer and a songwriter. The woman’s talent is beyond description. We owe so many of the songs that define our childhood to this incredible woman. And owing to her continued influence on modern culture, she wrote the song that is currently the theme to Gilmore Girls.
I know, that was random.
I totally forgot to mention that I attended this lecture/presentation about women through music. My friend Solange’s mom gave the talk/performance and it was really interesting. A lot of the songs we listen to from way back are actually really co-dependent songs, women who need men in their lives. Thankfully, the majority of the songs out today arent about that, but it’s unfortunate to think that we used to tell this to women on a subconscious level through music.