Monday, December 18, 2006

December Ear-gasms

What would Christmas be without music, and what would this blog be without Sea Hag acting like she has authority over all creation? With that in mind, here are a few songs that Sea Hag suggests your download to your iPod pronto:

'A Long December'
Counting Crows
A long December,
and there's reason to believe
maybe this year will be
better than the last

An ideal New Year's song, Adam Duritz gently hints at a year full of loss and grief, playing his earnest vocals over some beautiful piano. This song is at the same time painfully sad and sweetfully hopeful, as in what I went through this year was so bad there's no where else to go from here but up.

'Pretty Good Year'
Tori Amos
Lucy was pretty,
your best friend agreed
well, still, a pretty good year

Another great New Year's song in the same vein as 'A Long December' where the past year was obviously crappy but the singer is trying to embrace any positive aspect she can. A big part of celebrating New Year's is reflecting on the past year, and I think both of these songs capture that melancholy mood.

"Our Winter"
Jason Anderson
My mom says I need snow tires bad,
but I'd just as soon spend that money on records
and sit with friends in living rooms
and sing the songs we know by heart

Cool little song about some slacker hanging out at home for the holidays.

"Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"
Judy Garland
It's imperative that you get the Judy Garland version of this song, because of the emotion she puts into it; she sounds so incredibly sad, like she's coming out of a weeklong bender and woke up in some hotel room out of pills and far from home.

"Silent Night"
Manheim Steamroller
This song always reminds me of my dad. I get goosebumps every time I hear the child's piano at the end.

Tori Amos
I get a little warm in my heart
when I think of winter,
I put my hand in my father's glove

Another nugget of joy from Tori, this one about growing up secure in her father's love. A must for all daddy's girls.

'Santa Baby'
Eartha Kitt
Traditional (kind of)
I love this song because it's vaguely naughty. And I would love a Christmas tree decorated with the best from Tiffany's.

"Song For A Winter's Night"
Sarah McLachlan
I read again between the lines upon each page
the words of love you send me

Sad, sweet song about someone curled up on a cold winter's night, contemplating the absence of their lover.

"Christmas Day"
And the last words I heard him say
were I shall return for you my love
on Christmas Day

Yet another sad, sweet, melancholy song. What's up with that? It seems like the holidays seem to lend themselves to a certain kind of dark moodiness. Maybe it's the crappy, cold weather. Maybe it's because you aren't able to be with the people you love this year because you had to work or you couldn't afford to travel or they passed away. Or maybe it's because as an adult, Christmas just doesn't seem to have the magic it did when you were a child.

"A Charlie Brown Christmas"
Vince Guaraldi
Yes, I do mean the entire album here, and if you can find the edition they just released with 4 more songs on it, that's all the better. By far my favorite holiday album, it's jazzy but not that pretentious, crappy kind of jazz. It has a lot of traditional Christmas songs but also has a few other pieces so you don't get burned out on yuletide joy.


Chase M said...

Horray for Counting Crows! Long december is my favorite winter song ever.
My favorite christmas song would be "I Hate Christmas Parties" off of "Deck the halls, Bruise your hand" by Relient K. It has so many great renditions as well as a few originals on it. Check it out.

Chelle said...

Very well done. Totally agree with you; 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas' sung by Judy Garland is the best version.

I go from moody to completely wacky. Depending on the year I guess.

Deth said...

What no Weird Al "Christmas at Ground Zero"? How about "Walking Round in Womens Underwear". And you can not forget "The 12 Pains of Christmas"!

Lady Jane Scarlett said...

December by Ryan Adams?!? How could you Sea Hag, I thought we loved Ryan

Sea Hag said...

I didn't know he had a song called 'December'! I am but a wee babe in the woods when it comes to Ryan Adams' catalogue.

I do, however, know he has a song called 'September' and that will be for my next post.

Lady Jane Scarlett said...

Yeah, I was in a zone of mindlessness yesterday and I mistook September for December. Still, awesome song.