Tag: christmas songs

Day 16: Silent Night

For chorus masters everywhere, who have probably had enough conversations like this to make them reconsider the value of continued existence. Miss Mussel and the

Day 15: Christmas Time Is Here

In which Diana Krall makes olden times and ancients rhymes seem the most tragic possible thing. Everything is a reminder of what isn’t. Still, as an introspective/borderline depressive alternative to the blinking lights and HO! HO! HO! aggression, there’s nothing…

Day 14: Santa Baby

Eartha Kitt shakes down Santa for all the goodies in his sack. *Ahem*. Ms Kitt’s list: furs, sable light blue ’54 convertible, brand unknown, yacht (not a lot) the deed to a platinum mine a duplex blank cheques (quantity not…

Day 12: Holiday for Strings

This performance by the William Schuman Singers is perfect accompaniment those last few minutes of manic cleaning and kitchen prep before the guests arrive. Or anyone wanting to indulge in 1950s housewife domestic fantasies wherein you vacuum in a party…

Day 9: Let It Snow/Nutcracker Mashup

Because sometimes Christmas is about silly mashups with friends and awkward high fives. Let It Snow/Nutcracker | Time for Three These guys (and their bass pal) have a Christmas EP. So there’s plenty more where this came from. Listen to…

Day 8: A Carillon Christmas

A dispatch from the Department of What the Actual H-E Double Hockeysticks Is Happening Right Now. Merry Christmas from 1958! The bassa nova was just invented! Pope Pius XII declared Saint Clare the patron saint of television! And apparently everyone…

Day 6: All I Want For Christmas Is You

Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You TOE TAPPER ALERT: The catchiest recit/aria combo since Puccini was ruling the stage is 20 years old this year. Opera is fun, you guys! I’ve listened to this approximately 87…

Day 2: The Three Drovers

To Australia for one of my favorite seasonal rarities: comfort and joy. Jokes! It’s the Three Drovers sung by the Sydney Philharmonia Motet Choir. Listen to the whole Advent 2014 playlist here.

Happy Jazzmas!

All the very best for the season, wherever you are. – Miss M. (There are 20 tracks, which will play automatically once you start the first video. If you’re piping this through the house, you may wish to keep the…

Blue, Blue, Blue Christmas

Backbeat, word on the street – Canadian crooner Michael Bublé goes a bit sleazy backroom jazz club with Elvis’ Blue Christmas. On the right, the cheese factor is 11+. And, to be honest, it would be wrong not to. Mr…

A Very Bob Kingston Christmas

Librarian, #operaplotter, Tweeter and Portland Opera lecturer Bob Kingston has compiled a massive 42-track Christmas smorgasbord on Soundcloud. Make yourself a martini, fire up the snow globe and enjoy your afternoon in the Christmas lounge. ‘Tis the Season 2011 by…

I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm

Il neige! On her first morning back in Canadia, Miss Mussel awoke to find that it had snowed. It was just a light dusting that didn’t last in the afternoon sun. Nevertheless, the first snow is always a bit of…

Happy Trololo To You

Because gigs are apparently more important that the OM Advent Calender, Frere Mussel has begged off this weekend. Honestly, some people’s kids. Never mind. On to Christmas greetings courtesy of Gifford Children’s Choir from Racine Wisconsin. It’s cute and frightening…

well just praise the Lord for that….

This video was first brought to my attention by, of all people, my voice teacher in Toronto. It may be familiar to some of you but for those of you who are ‘first timers’ sit back and enjoy Henrietta and…

The Santa Narratives

Earlier this week we had 3 Kings, and now we have songs about dear Saint Nick. 1. Zat you Santa Claus — This mischievious little number conjures up an image crossed between the Grinch and something from the mind of…

Pearl, I couldn’t agree more.

Here we have a little selection submitted by Miss Mussel to me Frere Mussel. It is simply really really funny. For me, it totally surpasses Santa Baby, by our favourite blonde bombshell. Pearl Mae Bailey (March 29, 1918 – August…

Dirty Minds

Next we travel back in time. To a time when I was 12 and able to sing a high C, those days have since marched on. Tomorrow Shall be my Dancing Day is an English carol usually attributed as ‘traditional’;…