Category: 2009

Day 5: Jingle Bells

Barbra Streisand with the most intense version of Jingle Bells these ears have ever heard combined with a ridiculous amount of Christmas lights = CHRISTMAS MANIA!!!!! Jingle Bells is one of the most flexible Christmas tunes and its incarnations are…

Day 4: White Christmas

The story goes that Irving Berlin wrote White Christmas in 1940, poolside at the Builtmore hotel in Phoenix AZ. He often stayed up all night writing — he told his secretary, “Grab your pen and take down this song. I…

Day 3: Petit Papa Noel

The third installment this year’s Advent Odyssey comes from La France (obvs). Petit Papa Noel is linked inextricably with Tino Rossi in the way that Je Ne Regrette Rien belongs to Edith Piaf. Rossi himself was, in his day, quite…

Day 2: All I Want For Christmas Is You

Day 1 was all about restraint and tradition. On Day 2, Miss Mussel is kicking off her boots and enjoying the holiday season with a side of go-go dancers. All I Want For Christmas Is You seems just the sort…

2009 Advent Calendars

The annual OM calendar is back in full force. It seems it was so successful last year that now all the other cool kids are doing one. A great bivalve once said that a man who is tired of carols…

Day 1: Once In Royal David’s City

Once In Royal David’s City has been the opening carol of the Nine Lessons And Carols Service at King’s College, Cambridge for 90 years, and, since here at the OM we adore men and boys choirs, the annual OM Aural…