Friday, December 08, 2006

ever since those angels sang "alleluia"...

Today's RevGalPals Friday Five has me singin'. And thinking: why don't we have much other "seasonal" music? I mean, sure, JCSuperstar comes out Holy Week...but I've got no other collection of music that I pull out for a month of the year. What fun!

1. A favorite 'secular' Christmas song.
"Baby, It's Cold Outside" charms me, though I worry when I stop to think about the lyrics much. (manipulative male convincing sweet, wanting-to-please-other-people woman into staying at his place?!?) It makes me think of that song, "To Make You Feel My Love;" when sung by Garth Brooks to accompany Harry Connick's love in "Hope Floats," it was sweet. In Bob Dylan's voice, it just sounded, well, predatory...

2. Christmas song that chokes you up (maybe even in spite of yourself--the cheesier the better)
My heart belongs to John Denver and those Muppets. I can't avoid getting choked up "When the River Meets the Sea," as little Robin's pure voice sings out a vision of God's kingdom.

3. Christmas song that makes you want to stuff your ears with chestnuts roasted on an open fire.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, especially the Mannheim Steamroller version. (Sorry, Mom; couldn't resist.)

4. The Twelve Days of Christmas: is there *any* redeeming value to that song? Discuss.
Again, with the Muppets, it's all beautiful. Piggy even makes appropriate mockery of greed with her "5 Golden Rings." Beautiful.


5. A favorite Christmas album
Has to be "A Christmas Together." John Denver AND the Muppets! What could be better?!?!?

9 comments:

revbrent said...

Molly,

What about "Grandma Got Ran Over by a Reindeer?" Didn't that make your list somewhere??

molly said...

It was tempting. As was "Please, Daddy, Don't Get Drunk this Christmas," everyone's favorite track on John Denver's solo xmas album...

Iris said...

I cringed when someone gave my son the Muppet Christmas album last year. I guess I have to give it a listen now!

Kievas said...

I'd forgotten about John Denver...haven't heard that in a long, long time.

Reverend Dona Quixote said...

Um. Weeding lettuce wouldn't exactly be a typical Xmastime activity for most of us.

But I can remember one year that my parents planted tulip bulbs in the warm sun on Xmas Day back in Dallas. we were all in our shirtsleeves

chartreuseova said...

I'm feeling a bit jealous about the lettuce weeding...Here in WI, we're singing "Baby It's Cold Outside" and WE REALLY MEAN IT! BRRRRRR!

Singing Owl said...

The Muppets Christmas album is
grrrrreat!

Singing Owl said...

The Muppets Christmas album is
grrrrreat!

Singing Owl said...

Yay for the Muppets!