Tuesday, December 09, 2008

mistleTunes and Holly

I've strung the last bit of tinsel on this year's edition of A Very Micah Christmas and now a big, warm mugful of Christmas music is ready for download. Like usual, it was a lot of fun to put together. Since I've been doing this for nine years now, a lot of the seasonal standards have already been used, but luckily new classics seem to come out every year.

Songs that you'll (hopefully) be enjoying this Yule:

1. "White Winter Hymnal" - Fleet Foxes
2. "It's Beginning To Look Like Christmas" - Shane & Shane
3. "All My Bells Are Ringing" - Lenka
4. "Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer" - Dean Martin
5. "Let It Snow" - A Fine Frenzy
6. "The Christmas Song" - The Raveonettes
7. "Wake Up! It's Christmas!" - C.W. Morris
8. "It's Christmas So We'll Stop" - Frightened Rabbit
9. "Why Can't It Be Christmastime All Year" - Rosie Thomas
10. "Jingle Bells" - Rev. Horton Heat
11. "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" - Dustin Kensrue
12. "Toy Packaging" - Sara Groves
13. "Baby, It's Cold Outside" - C.W. & Laura Morris
14. "Holly Jolly Christmas" - Bon Voyage
15. "A Cold, Cold Christmas" - Stephen Colbert
16. "River" - Sixpence None The Richer
17. "Home For The Holidays" - Perry Como
18. "It Really Is (A Wonderful Life)" - Mindy Smith
19. "Are You Coming Over For Christmas?" - Belle and Sebastian
20. "Winter Wonderland" - Ella Fitzgerald
21. "I'll Be Home For Christmas" - Tony Bennett
22. "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm (Psapp's Lady Remix)" - Les Brown And His Band Of Renown
23. "We Three Kings Of Orient Are" - Stan Kenton
24. "O Come All Ye Faithful" - Faith Hill
25. "Silent Night" - Frank Sinatra
26. "My Dear Acquaintance (A Happy New Year)" - Regina Spektor
27. a surprise!

Conveniently grab a .zip file of the whole shebang here.

I'd love to hear what you think of this Christmas mix. Go ahead...leave a comment.

Unlike last year, I got off of my duff and actually tagged the songs correctly so that they will appear as one album when loaded into your iTunes, iPod, or what have you. Also, all songs are in mp3 format (you're welcome, Zune owners), but the volume level varies from track to track. Sorry 'bout that.

I'd like to thank my nephew Hunter for his invaluable assistance in helping me with the CD artwork and my brother and sister-in-law for their contributions (tracks 7 & 13). Friends and locals should recognize some of the imagery in the former song.

Unfortunately, my contacts - or I should say spydrz's contacts - at the Corner Cafe have dried up, so there currently aren't any plans for the usual "CD release party." But if you have access to a bar or restaurant's PA system, hook me up and I'll give you a CD and my gratitude.


scotirish said...

I have read of many churches celebrating Christmas with Pageants that includean actual baby portraying the role of 'baby Jesus'. Our first
childRuth, was born December 12th, 1981 and was chosen to be 'baby Jesus' forour church's (Reba Place Fellowship) Christmas Eve service. Last year, ourgrandson, Charlie, born on Oct. 19th 2008, was chosen, also at Reba PlaceFellowship. But in prison no such ritual exists. I wasn't even thinking about babies being in Christmas plays back in 1972.This was yet another year in prison, the difference being this was my firstChristmas as a christian. The Christmas service held new meaning for me as wesang the traditional Christmas Carols bringing with it a hope for a new lifewith a redeemed future. Christian volunteers were a part of our service at theU. S. Medical Center for Prisoners in Springfield, Mo. As our service wound to completion a cry was heard. The faintwhimpering of a baby. My first thought was that I wasn't hearing what Ithought I had heard. I had been in prison for many years and had
never even seena baby inside of a prison (not counting my infrequent times in the visitingroom.) But there it was again, a baby crying. Someone, a volunteer, had broughttheir baby into the service wrapped in a blanket unnoticed by the guards. I thenthought, there was our 'babyJesus'. The parents of the yet unknown child were the children of an oldercouple (Lloyd and Nita Colbaugh) who had only a few years previously began theirministry to the prison. Even the great-grandmother, (Mom Carter) was a volunteerand had played a significant role in my own conversion, telling me that God hada plan for my life. Life would go on and the incident of 'baby Jesus' coming to prisonwould fade to a memory, until the baby grew up and now is known throughout manycountries far and wide as acclaimed Christiansinger/songwriter Sara Groves. I hope this story adds to your appreciation ofthe life of Sara and her
family.John C Thomson

SBN1 said...

why don't you throw cd release party at Spydrz's casa?

Micah said...

scotirish - Thanks for the story. Interesting stuff.

SBN1 - For several reasons I prefer to have it at a bar: 1) it is presumedly pre-loaded with women whereas spydrz's crib is not and 2)it's much cheaper, as I only have to buy a few drinks and maybe an appetizer, not a whole spread for everyone. Plus, my law school days - where I had a large number of friends in a concentrated area - are long gone. Sparse attendence would just depress me.

SBN1 said...

well then, you only have yourself to blame for not cultivating a bar connection over the last 12 months.

I will ask spydrz to draft the reprimand for your file.

spydrz said...

Well, I'll step in with this comment before I start the reprimand process. He has a local bar connection, Rare Olde Times, but they always have live music. So the cd release was impossible there.

Anonymous said...

I've listened to this CD, like, 5 times, and I knew the voice sounded familiar, but I never would have guessed that was Stephen Colbert.

Micah said...

spydrz - Well, I guess I could have it played between some of the Donnybrooks' sets. The music would go well with my womanly-looking decaf Irish coffee, no?

srah - It's all there in the tracklisting. :) That song is off of his "A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!" DVD, as it wasn't a part of the original broadcast (well, technically, I bought the soundtrack from iTunes).

His voice isn't that bad, actually. And, man, can that cat dance! All this Colbert talk reminds me that I'm way behind on my Stephen Colbert Advent Calendar (another DVD extra).