Christmas - The Soundtrack
What do you get for someone who has everything? Well, how about getting them a soundtrack for their Christmas?
“What music should I play for my Christmas celebration?” Well, now you have the answer. Whether you're having an office party or an intimate dinner with the family, your Chrismas music problem has been solved! It's Christmas - The Soundtrack: jam packed with three scoops of special holiday memories!
This collection of swingin' Christmas classics has been compiled by the scientists at The Fun Jazz Society at www.funjazzsociety.com. Hollywood agrees: if Christmas was a movie then these songs would be the soundtrack.
Why? Because these songs practically invented Christmas as we know it. They inspire the warm fuzzy feelings you have from Christmas past.
There are sixteen songs all together. You can pick up a copy of the entire collection at iTunes. (Link at the bottom of the post). Here they are:
1. Frank Sinatra - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
The greatest crooner of all time gently places you into the holiday spirit with his thoughtful version of this Christmas classic. Although this song was originally sung by Judy Garland in a movie called Meet Me in St. Louis, Frank Sinatra’s version became the gold standard... even though the lyrics for his version were not the same as Garlands. His version of the song is the one we mostly sing today.
It’s a beautiful and lush arrangement that serves as a dear sentiment from you to friends and loved ones.
2. Dean Martin - Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow
You’re starting to have fun now. Dean Martin’s in the mix!
Dino made any song great but this particular version oozes fun and cheekiness. This song was written by one of the greatest song writing teams of all time; Sammy Cahn and Jules Styne. Snow at Christmas is a must have. This song helps us almost guarantee it.
3. Ella Fitzgerald - Frosty the Snowman
Nobody could swing like the great Ella Fitzgerald. Her version of Frosty The Snowman is certainly not the first. That honor goes to Gene Autry but in terms of tempo and energy, Ella wins hands down.
Get the kids to sing along. Ella will teach them how to sing it AND swing it.
4. Bing Crosby - Do You Hear What I Hear?
Bing Crosby is the patron saint of Christmas carols. He was known for more than a few huge Christmas carols (many of which are included in this soundtrack). But this song carries special significance because of why it was written. It was written as a plea for peace during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Everybody needs reminders of how precious peace is. It was Bing who delivered the message and that message of peace still rings true today. Peace on earth.
5. Andy Williams - It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
I know. You can’t hear this song now without thinking of back to school time.
Sure Garth Brooks and the cast of Glee sing their own versions of this song but nodody... NOBODY does it better than Andy Williams. This is the pinnacle. (Hmm...I think I’m out of Post It Notes...)
6. Burl Ives - A Holly Jolly Christmas
Curiously, the songwriter of this Burl Ives hit actually specialized in writing Christmas songs. Johnny Marks wrote many big Christmas songs including “Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”
Even more surprising... Johnny Marks was Jewish.
7. A Charlie Brown Christmas - Linus and Lucy
Get up and do the “Charlie Brown Christmas Dance”. Who will you be? Linus? Snoopy? Pig Pen (grab a bag of vacuum cleaner dust)?
Pick a character and start dancing. If you need a reminder check this out:
8. Eartha Kitt - Santa Baby
The one and only original version of Santa Baby was done by Eartha Kitt. When you think of this classic you should think of Eartha Kitt not Madonna.
It’s cheeky, a little naughty and a lot of fun. Santa... you better watch yourself around this lady. She’s persuasive.
9. Frank Sinatra - The Christmas Waltz
This song may not be well known to you but in terms of Sinatra songs that you should have in your collection this is one that you may have missed. Listening to it is like gliding across the dance floor with the most elegant dancer you can imagine.
10. Christmastime is Here (Instrumental version)
More from A Charlie Brown Christmas.
A conflicted and confused Charlie Brown walks with his friend Linus through the falling snow. He’s unhappy and he doesn’t know why. Linus says, “Maybe Lucy was right. Of all the Charlie Browns in the world, you’re the Charlie Browniest.”
Snoopy shows off his skating chops... (without wearing any skates) and starts a fine game of “crack the whip”. Poor Charlie brown gets spun into a snowbank and hits a tree...
11. Bing Crosby - White Christmas
The grand daddy of all Christmas songs. This song is the most popular Christmas song of all time.
That’s why it’s here for you.
12. Nat King Cole - The Christmas Song
Mel Torme wrote this song during a very hot summer in 1944 with songwriter Bob Wells. But it was Nat “King” Coles version that captured our imagination.
The rich baritone of Nat “King” Coles voice is enough to melt any grinches heart. This song is probably one of the most complex Christmas melodies since Handel’s Messiah and it's my favorite Christmas carol of all time.
13. Johnny Mercer and Margaret Whiting - Baby, it’s Cold Outside
Frank Loesser wrote this song to sing with his wife Liz Garland. That’s why she got peeved when he sold the song to MGM. Can you blame the girl?
It’s one of the most clever songs ever written in my opinion. It's two songs in one. You can't sing it by yourself. Fast forward almost sixty years and Zooey Deschanel and Will Ferrell sing it in the movie Elf.
14. Dean Martin - Walking in a Winter Wonderland
Just had to include it. Great tune... and it’s Dean Martin. It’s perfect.
15. Vince Guaraldi Trio - O Tannenbaum
As Charlie Brown and Linus visit a tree lot in search for the spirit of Christmas, Linus knocks his knuckles against a tree made of aluminum... and then they spot a lonely ragged tree in the middle of the lot. It has three branches, a ratty plywood stand and a pitiful outlook. It's just like Charlie Brown...
You'll feel like a child again listening to this.
16. The Little Drummer Boy / Peace on Earth - Bing Crosby and David Bowie
One last song for you. This one comes from the most random paring in music history. It’s a miracle that this song even shows up as a holiday favorite because it was never officially recorded for release. It was from a television special where Bowie was a guest of Bing’s.
This duo inspires a respect between different generations. Christmas is a time of coming together no matter how young or old we are. Maybe that's why Christmas is so special. It's a bringing together of our past and future.
Pick up Christmas - The Soundtrack at iTunes.
See how those special Christmas feelings come rushing back to you? That’s what a sound track is supposed to do; inspire you.
So for those of you who have everything... and let’s face it, many of us do... I offer this Christmas soundtrack to you regardless of your faith, race or beliefs.
Wishing you peace.