Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Special Guest Blog: Five More Classic Christmas Rock Songs, by John T. Schramm

Dizzy and I are hitting the road for points south this morning, so fellow blogger John T. Schramm has volunteered to step in with a seasonal guest post. Thanks, John!

It's too difficult to narrow it down to five, or even to narrow it down to ten, but here are five more Christmas Classics. I don't particularly like Christmas music, but in order not to be a scrooge, I made a CD containing 21 Christmas songs that I like. I gave it out as a stocking stuffer gift, and it was popular, so I am working on Volume 2. Three of Clair's five made it on to that CD. One of Aaron Neville's renditions ought to make Volume 2.

1. "Silent Night," Stevie Nicks. I'm not a Stevie Nicks fan. Some of her songs, with and without Fleetwood Mac, are okay. Others, not so good. But her version of "Silent Night" makes my spine tingle and writhe.

2. "Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24), Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Enough said.

3. "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch," Thurl Ravenscroft. Maybe rock. Maybe not. But it has to be there. A true classic.

4. "The Little Drummer Boy," Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band. I used to wonder if anyone would create a decent rock version of this song, and a few artists did it. This version is the best of the bunch.

5. "Happy Xmas (War is Over)," John Lennon & Yoko Ono. On a personal level, hearing this song always takes me back to 1980, but all these years later, it still resonates with the true spirit of Christmas — forgiveness, love, and hope.

6. "Christmas Canon," Trans-Siberian Orchestra. I couldn't decide which TSO song I should choose. "Sarajevo" is more rockish, but "Canon" makes my soul vibrate and nearly brings me to tears every time I hear it.

Leave your own holiday favorites in the comments section. Merry Christmas, and everybody travel safely!


Kevin Wignall said...

John and Yoko - fabulous.

I'd also add a relatively modern one, "She Came Home for Christmas" by Mew.

And although it isn't a Christmas song, Leonard Cohen's "Take This Waltz" always puts me in mind of Christmas.

AnswerGirl said...

I do not know that Mew song, and I'm a fan — I will have to look for it!

Kevin Wignall said...

It's from "Frengers".

And I hope your response is a sign that the weather allowed you to get there!

AnswerGirl said...

Doh! I even own "Frengers" — must go find my copy now.

Yes, I'm here in Washington. It's a winter wonderland. They don't deal with it very well, though. Fortunately, today's temperatures will be well above freezing!