Riddle: Three more songs for your Christmas playlist

November 29, 2013 

We made it through Thanksgiving. Congratulations, you won 30 days worth of Christmas music!

Some people are cheerful and really get into the Christmas spirit and holiday cheer. They don’t mind the Christmas music so much. Some people even enjoy it.

If you are like me, however, by the third Christmas song you’ve had enough. If your cousin sings “Feliz Navidad” one more time, your actions might result in coal in your stocking.

Well, I am here to help you add a few songs to the Christmas playlist that you probably haven’t heard to help break up the madness of the songs you’ve heard over and over since childhood.

My list of Christmas songs that I can tolerate is very short. There are about 10 songs that I really don’t mind hearing. Top of that list will always be James Brown’s “Santa Claus Goes Straight To The Ghetto.” I talked about that song last year on my Christmas song list. Since last year, I’ve found a few more songs to share.

Marvin Gaye’s “Purple Snowflakes”: Originally recorded in 1964, this rare song finally saw its release on “A Motown Christmas Vol. 2,” which was released in 2001. There doesn’t seem to be much out there about this song. My guess is that it was just too weird of a song to be released back in the ’60s when it was first recorded. But, it’s a beautiful song if you can get over the fact that you’ve never seen a purple snowflake.

The Jive Turkeys’ “Get Down Santa”: This instrumental is just a funky dance floor-ready number that I think fans of Widespread Panic and jam bands will love. They play a funky melody over and over, but at the end of each verse, they throw in one line from a Christmas favorite. It’s great! It’s like all those songs get represented and you don’t have to listen to them!

Ray Charles and Nina Simone’s “Baby It’s Cold Outside”: I know “Baby It’s Cold Outside” is another one of those songs you’ve probably heard too many times. However, the iconic voices of Ray Charles and Nina Simone add a playfulness and soulfulness not heard in other versions.

I hope these three songs add a little new life to your holiday playlist. I’ve done what I can. Now, it’s up to your to protect your ears from the upcoming assault.

Happy holidays!

Contact Roger Riddle at roger.riddle@gmail.com.

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