iTunes Advent Calendar: Day 25

O Holy Night Donna Summer Christmas Spirit Genre: Vocal Blah, Blah, Blah: Hands-down my favorite Christmas song. If I’m out and about and carols are in the air and a version of “O Holy Night” that I haven’t heard before comes on, I put my audio subprocessors in full spread-spectrum capture mode because I’m sort…

iTunes Advent Calendar: Day 24

The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On an Open Fire) Tony Bennett Snowfall – The Tony Bennett Christmas Album Genre: Holiday Blah, Blah, Blah: Honestly, I think the only thing you need to say when linking to a Tony Bennett song is “Ladies and gentlemen…Mister Tony Bennett.” This is my second-most-favorite Christmas song, sung by my…

iTunes Advent Calendar: Day 22

White Christmas (1947 Single Version) Bing Crosby 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Bing Crosby Genre: Vocal Blah, Blah, Blah: Not much to this song, is there? It’s charming, it’s been flashed into the cultural NVRAM, and even if we wanted to kill it, “White Christmas” has corrosive acid for blood…

iTunes Advent Calendar: Day 21

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Judy Garland 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: Season’s Greetings (Box Set) Genre: Holiday Blah, Blah, Blah: There are Christmas songs, and then there are Christmas recordings. “Frosty The Snowman” is a Christmas song. Everyone’s recorded it and some of these tracks are pretty fab, but just like…

iTunes Advent Calendar: Day 18

Eric the Half a Bee Monty Python Monty Python Sings Genre: Comedy Blah, Blah, Blah: In 1948, Sir Larry Olivier played the titular prince in “Hamlet.” In 1969, John Cleese played Eric Praline in “The Dead Parrot Sketch.” Both men had plenty of reason to just coast on through the rest of their careers. You’re…

iTunes Advent Calendar: Day 17

Moving In Stereo The Cars The Cars Genre: Rock Blah, Blah, Blah: A songwriter must think it’s the coolest thing in the world that their songs take on lives of their own once they’re in the hands of the public. Or maybe they think it totally sucks. Yeah. I can see that. I can imagine…

iTunes Advent Calendar: Day 12

I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) The Proclaimers The Best of the Proclaimers Genre: Rock Blah, Blah, Blah: “My, my…Mr. Ihnatko seems to fancy himself as quite the highbrow snooty music expert, doesn’t he? Some of these Advent Calendar blatherings aren’t merely pretentious…they’re downright pretwentytious.” Okey-doke. To help balance things out, today I present The Proclaimers.…

iTunes Advent Calendar: Day 11

They Didn’t Believe Me Elvis Costello & Marian McPartland Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz Radio Broadcast (With Elvis Costello) Genre: Jazz Blah, Blah, Blah: I have such love for songs like these. I’ve also just realized that this track represents several values of “the sort of song I love,” which sort of underscores the reason why…