“It’s Christmas-time for The Jews”

So I’m celebrating Christmas in the typical Jewish way: Eating Chinese food and going out to the movies (seeing Stranger Than Fiction at a second-run theatre). But I thought I’d use the holiday as an excuse to post some great songs that remind me of Christmas and winter.

Duke Ellington & John Coltrane – In a Sentimental Mood (Buy It)

If someone wanted to evoke the quiet grace of snowflakes falling on a city street in the middle of the night, lit up as they fell past the streetlight, they would only have to play the lilting notes that Ellington plays to open this piece.

Nina Simone – Little Girl Blue (Postal Service remix) (Buy It)

You can hear a straight version “Little Girl Blue,” as done by Hank Mobley if you scroll down a couple days, but I’ve loved this version since I first heard it. It retains the haunting quality of Simone’s voice while mixing in pieces of the Christmas carol “Good King Wenceslas.”

Vince Guaraldi Trio – Christmas Time Is Here (Buy It)

When I was in high-school, the percussion ensemble I was in played this song for the holiday concert. Rehearsing it every day was fantastic; we would always rehearse it right before the class ended and practically float down the hall to our next class.

Also, you should check out this post on rbally, which has an incredible Tom Waits performance of “Silent Night/Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis” (switched from Valentine’s Day for the occasion) that everyone should hear.

PS: It looks like the great The Number One Songs In Heaven is closing up shop for good. So if you haven’t already, head over and check it out before it’s too late.

Man, I am a linking machine. Well I hope everyone has a peaceful and wonderful Christmas, no matter how you celebrate it.

posted by Adam

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