Musical Advent Calendar: December 19

Today’s track is from Tori Amos and it’s from her 2009 Christmas album, Midwinter Graces.  I chose “Holly Ivy and Rose/Snow Angel,” a live performance from her tour with Dutch Metropole Orchestra.

While I’m not as obsessed as some, believe me, I have seen Tori live about a dozen times; she can pretty much be counted on to deliver a solid show. She’s been known to engage with the audience throughout her career; and one of the nice surprises of a live Tori Amos show is hearing her do an improv on the spot about whatever’s on her mind that day.

At the beginning of this video from the Amsterdam show, she sings a brief improv in support of her tour mates, the Metropole Orchestra, who were at risk of losing their funding from the Dutch government. They were subsequently provided funding until 2017, so, happily, the music played on.

Anyway, let’s get on with it – here’s “Holly Ivy and Rose/Snow Angel.”

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Musical Advent Calendar: December 18

This is another oldie but goodie – Andy Williams with his 1960s hipster groove, singing “Happy Holidays/The Holiday Season.” – Here’s a version (with his brothers) that was on his Christmas special in 1964. Andy Williams recorded 44 albums and sold over 100 million records during his career.

 

 

Musical Advent Calendar: December 16

Today’s entry originates in the Pacific Northwest; it’s a 1965 track from a garage band called The (Fabulous) Wailers.   This track, “She’s Coming Home,” was on a Christmas compilation LP that also included contributions from The Sonics and The Galaxies.

Here’s a little jangle for your day:

 

 

Musical Advent Calendar: December 15

Today’s entry on the calendar is “Christmas Song” by Dave Matthews Band. I haven’t followed Dave Matthews Band in years, but I really liked their first few albums & always appreciated this track.

The studio version as found on Remember Two Things (1993) has a nice little bonus song tacked onto the end after about 8 minutes of silence.  The version below is a live acoustic version with Tim Reynolds from 2009.

Musical Advent Calendar: December 14

Was the Holiday Sing-a-Long With Mitch LP a regular in your household? It was in ours. My dad and I spent many hours driving my mom crazy with our sarcastic renditions of the singers on this particular track, “Must Be Santa.” Must be Santaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa…

 

Musical Advent Calendar: December 13

I have it on good authority that today’s selection for the Musical Advent Calendar will be remembered by those of you who grew up in the UK in the 70s. I don’t remember this track making any waves here in the US, but I was listening to the Muppets at the time, so what do I know? Based on the universal source of record for all things, Wikipedia, I learned that this 1978 cover of “Mary’s Boy Child/Oh My Lord” by Boney M is “one of the best-selling singles of all time in the UK.”

Here’s a dose of disco Christmas: