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The most wonderful time of the year! Fangirl luncheons, white elephant gift cruelties, it's all so fun. Hot alcoholic drinks, wrapping up in scarves, shiny, shiny lights.

Every year I post a small handful of Christmas/holiday songs that I'm enjoying from my ridiculous holiday songs list, which keeps growing each year (at this point it takes something like three days to listen to all of it). I much prefer original songs, because I'm sort of tired of everyone under the sun's interpretation of another person's often much better done song, but there are definitely artists that am happy to have doing the umpteenth version of a popular fave. Some of these are mp4s, and I apologize in advance if that's a problem, but you're forewarned. And ow I really need to go work on my Yuletide fic.

City of Silver Dreams is a cute little song by Sugarland that really captures the feeling of NY at holiday time, I think.
Icicles by Let's Go Sailing is currently being played on TV for the Radio Shack commercials.
Valley Winter Song by Fountains of Wayne isn't technically a Christmas song, but LL Bean used it last year in their holiday ads, and for good reason, because it really does have a feeling of wintery coziness.
A Snowflake Fell (And It Felt Like a Kiss) from Glasvegas is my this year's favorite, with their lush sound and rolling accents
Fuck You, It's Over also by Glasvegas, cracks me up, because it is so pretty and has such hateful lyrics. I was telling people about this today, and it's one of those perfect songs if you've ever been broken up with during the holidays or just generally hate someone. Don't listen to this if a guy calling his ex a bitch offends you, though.
Someday at Christmas classic Stevie Wonder
Come Darkness, Come Light by Mary Chapin Carpenter is haunting and beautiful
Silent Night by Boyz II Men is a really gorgeous interpretation and if you like a capella singing, you'll admire this.

And speaking of holidays and such, I saw this on a friend's Facebook page and fell in love with it. I really want to see this -- it's totes within walking distance of my house (well, okay, a looong walk, but that's healthy, no?), in case anyone wants to come with me (though we need to get a portable radio to hear the music, I guess).

Wizards In Winter from Jim Winder on Vimeo.

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barkley
Dec. 13th, 2009 04:08 am (UTC)
Thanks for the music!
sdwolfpup
Dec. 13th, 2009 05:09 am (UTC)
omg, that Wizards of Winter thing is awesome. Do they run it a couple times a night at the house?

Also - will send Kenny Loggins soon. It was really good to see you, I'm sorry I couldn't get back there for a hug. Maybe in January. Hee. :)

Grabbing the Mary Chapin Carpenter; I love her voice and don't have that.
feochadn
Dec. 13th, 2009 05:16 am (UTC)
Okay, that house is fucking awesome! I've got a radio, but no speakers (it only has a headphone jack).
Oh, I just received a cd of my second favorite (and incredibly rare) Christmas album today: A Lump of Coal (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Lump_of_Coal). The Henry Rollins "Night Before Christmas" is not to be missed. I'll try and put it up for DL soon.
dualbunny
Dec. 13th, 2009 09:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the lights-vid. :D I get a kick out of seeing those. (Wouldn't want to live next door, but they're really fun on-line. ;D)
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