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A Christmas Song List to Spice Up the Holidays

December 21, 2013

It’s been a holiday season full of words and music as I push onward with on a pair of book deadlines right now. Right now, I feel like the fat red-suited bearded dude’s reindeer after the Christmas Eve toy run.

The first, Just Add Water, is the biography/memoir of international surfing star Clay Marzo and his life with Asperger’s syndrome. Am wrapping the main chapter writing and moving into the revision and polishing phase.  It will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in Summer 2014.

On the second, When We Were the Boys, I’m helping author Stevie Salas turn his story into a memoir. The book revolves around Stevie’s big career break, when he played lead guitar on Rod Stewart’s “Out of Order” Tour in 1988 – and his experiences in the ensuing 25 years. It will be published by Rowman Littlefield in Fall 2014.

So, since it is the holiday season, there is only one way to fill the air while writing – with good Christmas music. But not just any Christmas music. How about a mix of old classics, alternative rock, hard rock, blues, reggae, and folk? For hard rock fans, Glenn Hughes’ version of “O Holy Night” will blow you away – an incredibly beautiful performance. Same goes for The Dandy Warhols’ version of “Little Drummer Boy.” We saw this live three years ago … brilliant.

I started this mix two years ago, while listening to Tom Petty’s Buried Treasures on Sirius XM. I downloaded the songs from his Christmas show, then kept adding to it.

If you need some spice to those Christmas carols you’ve been listening to since birth, here’s a list for you. There are a couple of duplicate songs, but you’ll see why when you note the artist. It’s powered Martha and me through a very busy holiday season – with a lot of fun, dancing and celebration attached. Enjoy!

            Praise Jah, It’s Christmas – Alton Ellis

Little Saint Nick – The Beach Boys

Santa’s Beard – The Beach Boys

White Christmas – Bing Crosby

Silver Bells – Bing Crosby & Rosemary Clooney

Silver Bells – Booker T & The MGs

Monster’s Holiday – Bobby “Boris” Pickett

Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee

Gee Whiz, It’s Christmas – Carla Thomas

Run Rudolph Run – Chuck Berry

Back Door Santa – Clarence Carter

Silent Night – The Dandy Warhols

Little Drummer Boy – The Dandy Warhols

Please Daddy (Don’t Get Drunk Tonight) – The Decemberists

Santa Baby – Eartha Kitt

Santa Claus is Back in Town – Elvis Presley

Christmas Blues – Eric Clapton & John Popper

Winter Wonderland – Eurythmics

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – Gene Autry

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – Jack Johnson

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – The Smithereens

Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Gilby Clarke (Guns ‘N Roses)

Happy Xmas – John Lennon

It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas – Kate Smith

The Christmas Song – King Curtis

Father Christmas – The Kinks

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! – Lena Horne

Let It Snow – Luscious Jackson

Boogie Woogie Santa Claus – Mabel Scott

The Christmas Song – Nat King Cole

Merry Christmas, Baby – Otis Redding

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – The Pretenders

Santa Claus is Watching You – Ray Stevens

Santa Bring My Baby Back – The Smithereens

Christmas All Over Again – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

O Holy Night – Tracy Chapman

O Holy Night – Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath)

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow – Vaughn Monroe

God Rest Ye, Merry Gentleman – The Ventures

Red Baron Christmas

There you have it! Download some of these and start the celebration. Merry Christmas, everyone.

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