There are a couple of local music stories that have people talking recently. First, Bon Iver is up for a few Grammy’s, and that has prompted some people to wonder who Bon Iver is exactly. If you are one of those people who doesn’t know Bon Iver, seriously, take a listen. It is so good. Second, Polica has announced a CD release show on Valentine’s Day 2012 at First Avenue. Listen to “Wandering Star” here. However, as exciting as those bits of news are, that’s not what I want to talk about today. My topic is much more timely.
It is now officially December. Thanksgiving is over. The Christmas tree is up, and we can pull out our Christmas music without feeling guilty about it. Problem is: We have no Christmas music. That’s what happens when you don’t grow up celebrating Christmas (strict religious childhood = no Christmas or birthdays). I spent my life quietly daydreaming during holiday songs at school or just blocking out the music at stores from mid-November through December, so, now that I do choose to celebrate the holiday with my daughter, I’m at a loss. In all honesty, I can barely sing “Happy Birthday” with the right melody, and Christmas songs are an even bigger mystery to me.
I’ve been exploring my holiday music options, and so far, we’ve opted for the MPR Classical Holiday Stream for the most part. But I’d love some suggestions from the audience. What Christmas songs are “must listens” to you? Build my collection, for my daughter’s sake. :)
Meanwhile, here is a song from one of my favorite band’s Christmas record to get you in the holiday spirit.