Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Audio fruitcake: "Merry Christmas Eve" by Better Than Ezra

I love Christmas music. Carols, secular, traditional, contemporary, whatever. For the month of December I pretty much exclusively listen to the stuff. Actually, I usually begin listening to holiday tunes around September each year, to prepare for my annual Christmas mix. Unlike most people, I never seem to get sick of them.

Much like how I did with the "spookymendations" of horror movies around Halloween, for the month of December I plan on posting one of my favorite Yuletide (or otherwise) songs every day, though considering how busy this time of year is you'll have to cut me some slack if I miss a day or two.

So, without further ado, here is today's slice of audio fruitcake: "Merry Christmas Eve" by Better Than Ezra


This joyful ditty combines two of my musical passions: Christmas songs and '90s corporate alt rock. "Merry Christmas Eve", a B-side to Better Than Ezra's "Rosealia" single from 1995, is rife - RIFE! - with seasonal imagery and is probably my favorite contemporary Christmas song. I like it so much, I made it the lead off track on my very first Christmas mix, back in 1999.

Unfortunately, the above live performance is inferior to the original studio version, but I couldn't find a video for the latter.

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