(aired 12/18/09)

The songs today celebrate the joys of all holidays this time of year, including Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwaanza, New Year’s, Solstice, and Boxing Day. I used to totally wince at the idea of holiday music. It automatically evokes the idea of the schmaltzy muzac that stores inflict onto us, starting in early November. Plus the annoying tunes can then get stuck in my head, making me want to strangle Rudolph.

But it turns out there is a vast spread of quality music celebrating the highlights of this time of year. It was a pleasure to hear so many impressive recommendations that other people had suggested when I proposed the idea. Some are unique songs that explore associated topics, while others are simply new (and older) versions of the classic covers. Plus there is the added ingredient of humor, since a handful of the songs are comedic jabs at holiday stereotypes. Overall, it’s a fun way to celebrate!

Since the show after mine (“Kids Club”) is on sabbatical for the rest of the month, I was able to have a longer show than usual, playing for an extra 50 minutes. Next week I won’t be playing a live show, since Friday is the day of Christmas, when I’ll be out of town. Appropriately enough, this show will be rebroadcast for anyone who missed it. Happy holidays…

  1. Christma-Hanu-Rama-Ka-Dona-Kwanzaa – Roy Zimmerman
  2. Christmas Time’s A-Coming – Emmylou Harris [suggested by Sarah Kowalski]
  3. 25th December – Everything But The Girl [suggested by Anjali Altman]
  4. Christmas Tree – Lady Gaga, feat. Space Cowboy
  5. White Christmas – Bob Marley & The Wailers [suggested by Chris-t Hodgen Riordan]
  6. God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman/We Three Kings – Barenaked Ladies, feat. Sarah McLachlan [suggested by Elizabeth Hamer]
  7. Deck The Halls – Relient K
  8. Sleigh Ride – The Ronettes [suggested by Ray Morley]
  9. A Sarah Palin Christmas – Capitol Steps
  10. Let It Snow – Warscout
  11. O Come O Come Emmanuel – Sufjan Stevens [album suggested by Nikki Thommen Bingham]
  12. Donde Esta Santa Claus? – Guster [suggested by Derek Keevil]
  13. A Christmas/Kwanzaa/Solstice/Chanukah/Ramadan/Boxing Day Song – Christine Lavin & The Mistletones
  14. Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24 – Trans-Siberian Orchestra [group suggested by Dominic Allamano]
  15. The Little Drummer Boy – Sean Kingston [suggested by Chris-t Hodgen Riordan]
  16. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Ella Fitzgerald [suggested by Mark Mezadourian]
  17. The Chanukah Song – Adam Sandle
  18. The 12 Days of Christmas (second half) – Straight No Chaser [suggested by Ariel Hayes]
  19. Winter Song – Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson
  20. Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms [suggested by Julaine Morley]
  21. Christmas in Prison – John Prine [suggested by Carrie Bader]
  22. Carol of the Bells Traditional – California Guitar Trio [suggested by Alison Young]
  23. Fairytale of New York – The Pouges, feat. Kirsty MacColl [suggested by Colae Ilea Couch]
  24. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer – Jack Johnson [suggested by Chris-t Hodgen Riordan]
  25. Winter Wonderland – Bob Dylan
  26. Oh Holy Night – Apocalyptica [suggested by Dominic Allamano]
  27. Christmas Day – Dido [suggested by Elizabeth Hamer]
  28. Silent Night – Boyz II Men [suggested by Chris-t Hodgen Riordan]
  29. Santa’s Beard – They Might Be Giants [suggested by Derek Keevil]
  30. Do You Hear What I Hear? – Chaka Khan
  31. The Christians and the Pagans – Dar Williams [suggested by Elizabeth Hamer]
  32. Holiday Schmedley – Sixteen Feet

Originally aired on KSKQ on December 18, 2009. Select the play button below to listen to the recorded show. (If the link isn’t visible, click on the show title at the top to refresh the page.)

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