Musical Advent Calendar: December 17

Today’s entry on the Musical Advent Calendar comes from Mike Oldfield of Tubular Bells fame. This is the very happymaking “In Dulci Jubilo” from 1975.

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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:

Musical Advent Calendar: December 12

Today’s song is from 1975, and it’s from everyone’s favorite under-appreciated rock band, Big Star.

This is “Jesus Christ,” from their brilliant Third/Sister Lovers album.

I couldn’t embed the video of the studio version (you can view it here on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-pZnbkKiGI ), but here’s a live version from 2010 with Mike Mills and Ken Stringfellow of REM on vocals.

Musical Advent Calendar: December 11

Starting sometime in the mid/late 1990s, the ProTools people at Digidesign (now Avid), would press a Holiday CD with songs created by employees and distribute the CD internally within the company. I think the last one was released in 2007. It was always was fun to listen to the tracks and see what kind of songs the Digi crew cooked up in a particular year. Songs would range from faithful renditions of the classics to avant-garde noise tracks and pretty much everything in between.

The 2003 Digidesign Holiday Album, entitled A Silent Night at the Opera, contains what I consider to be one of the best tracks of all the Digidesign holiday releases, “Christmas Rhapsody” by Pledge Drive. Readers familiar with the Queen catalog may have already been able to infer that “Christmas Rhapsody” is indeed, a parody of Queen’s operatic masterwork, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and a brilliant one at that. It’s a classic in our household, for sure.

Fortunately, Pledge Drive has made this track available for your downloading pleasure – follow the link to download the mp3 and to view the lyrics.