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Christmas One More Time, X

The Hunt for New (Christmas) Music:

The Christmas Music posts continue with yet another playlist of traditional favorites redone by contemporary artists and new Christmas music you haven’t heard before. Pay special attention to The Blenders’ version of “Sleigh Bells”,  Blake Shelton and Michael Buble’s “Home”, Mahalia Jackson’s “No Room at the End”; and “It Snowed” by Meaghan Smith. Everything on the list is terrific and everything will give you a seasonal lift. And…playing loud is recommended.

The 10th in a series of terrific and smartly curated playlists of Christmas and Holiday music.

As always, the spirit shines through.

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no, title, artist

1, Sleigh Bells, The Blenders

2, Wonderful Dream (Holidays Are Coming), Melanie Thornton

3, Ye Merry Gents, Billy Paul Williams

4, Home, Blake Shelton w/Michael Buble

5, Best Christmas Ever, Wonder Girls

6, It’s Not Really Christmas, Kevin Parker

7, White Christmas, Michael Buble (w/Shania Twain)

8, Working at Christmas, Paul Brady

9, The Day It Snowed, Amusement Parks On Fire

10, Christmas Time to Me, Jordan Sparks

11, Christmas Kiss, Steven Curtis Chapman

12, Even Santa Gets The Blues, Marty Stuart

13, Driving Home For Christmas, The Reggae Band

14, No Room At The Inn, Mahalia Jackson

15, It Snowed, Meaghan Smith

16, Birth of Love, SuperHerose

17, Just To Be With You (This Christmas), Nick Lowe

18, One More Sleep, Leona Lewis

19, Merry Christmas Baby, Bruce Springsteen

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You can listen to the entire playlist through the courtesy of our friends at Spotify. Just click this link: COMT X  and you will be able to stream the Christmas playlist via Spotify’s excellent web player. Special note: when you click the link, you will be taken to Spotify’s web player. There, you’ll have a couple of choices: sign in if you currently have a Spotify account; signup for a free Spotify account (you’ll be glad you did) or take advantage of their $.99 special for three months of Spotify premium, which has a few extra features the free version doesn’t have –wider selection and no commercials. Either way, you should check it out if you like music.  Enjoy…and Happy Holidays. Special thanks to DJ Tschugge for compiling the list, along with the team at the Media Bunker and Perception Engineering.

 

 


Christmas One More Time, VIII

The Hunt for New (Christmas) Music:

More music from our library of Christmas music playlists. Playing loud is highly recommended. You can hear this playlist via our friends at Spotify, who have kindly made it available online…just click the link below and a web player will appear on your desktop and play the list…..enjoy some new sounds for the Christmas holidays.

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no, title, artist

1, Merry Christmas Baby, Cee Lo Green Rod Stewart & Trombone Shorty

2, All I Want For Christmas Is A Real Good Tan, Kenny Chesney

3, Run Run Rudolph, Roomful of Blues

4, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Little Big Town

5, Jingle Bells, Michael Buble’ (w/The Puppini Sisters)

6, You’re Mine, jeremih

7, I Believe In Father Christmas, Vertical Horizon

8, Everyday is Christmas, Colbie Caillat (w/Jason Reeves)

9, Stay A Little Longer Santa, Shemekia Copeland

10, Shake Up Christmas, Natasha Bedingfield

11, Linus & Lucy, Dave Koz

12, Shopping on Christmas Eve, Keb ‘Mo

13, Little St. Nick, Erica Nicole

14, Give A Little More, Eric Bigg Maria Muldaur & Rory Block

15, Just Like Christmas, Ingo Star Cruiser (w/Gaby Froden)

16, Wintertime Blues, John Hiatt

17, Christmas at My House, Rahsaan Patterson

18, Driving Home For Christmas, Chris Rea

19, Auld Lang Syne, James Taylor

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You can listen to the entire playlist through the courtesy of our friends at Spotify. Just click this link: COMT VIII  and you will be able to stream the Christmas playlist via Spotify’s excellent web player. Special note: when you click the link, you will be taken to Spotify’s web player. There, you’ll have a couple of choices: sign in if you currently have a Spotify account; signup for a free Spotify account (you’ll be glad you did) or take advantage of their $.99 special for three months of Spotify premium, which has a few extra features the free version doesn’t have –wider selection and no commercials. Either way, you should check it out if you like music.  Enjoy…and Happy Holidays. Special thanks to DJ Tschugge for compiling the list, along with the team at the Media Bunker.

 

 


Sgt. Pepper’s Re-boot

The Hunt for New Music:

Here’s an interesting idea for fans of “Sgt. Pepper” and The Beatles.

Re-boot the album.

Re-imagine, re-order, re-program it, because as terrific as it was, is, and remains, there were some very interesting conversations during the production of the record about what songs should be included and what should be excluded.

Here’s the original song list for “Sgt. Pepper”:

“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”

“With a Little Help From My Friends”

“Lucy in The Sky With Diamonds”

“Getting Better”

“Fixing A Hole”

“She’s Leaving Home”

“Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite”

“Within You, Without You”

“When I’m Sixty-Four”

“Lovely Rita”

“Good Morning, Good Morning”

“St. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” (reprise)

“A Day In The Life”

That’s it. A lot of great music but a lot left out that you may or may not know about.

The original album was only a little over 39 minutes long–it’s not a very long album–and there was certainly room for more.

In various articles and discussions, both The Beatles and George Martin discussed which songs should have been included on the album but were not –“Strawberry Fields” and Penny Lane”–and also which songs were included but perhaps should not have been–“Lovely Rita”, “When I’m Sixty-Four” and “Good Morning, Good Morning” (Lennon disliked all three).

The audio style  and subject matter of “Strawberry Fields” and “Penny Lane” fit right in with the overall concept of “Sgt. Pepper”(at one time, the album was going to be developed as a homage to the traditional English lifestyle, but it outgrew that thought); indeed, George Martin, The Beatles producer and the producer of “Sgt. Pepper” said that the decision to leave those two songs off the album was “the biggest mistake of my professional career”(Brian Epstein, manager of The Beatles did not want the two songs–released before “Sgt. Pepper” as a marketing move to keep the band in the public consciousness, repeated on an album). George Harrison thought “Only A Northern Song” would fit in nicely but “Tomorrow Never Knows” would have been even better.

A couple of other songs that fit the album’s style and time period, “All You Need Is Love” , “Hello Goodbye”, and “Baby You’re A Rich Man” would also fit–all songs are recorded in 1967 although not necessarily prior to the release of “Sgt. Pepper” in the U.S. in June of that year.

To reprogram the album, start with some givens: It’s going to open with the first two songs on the original program and close with the last two. Those are necessary to set the stage for everything follows. They are among the most iconic songs of all time and state the concept of the album (a band free to do music that the then-current iteration of The Beatles could not).

Next, review other songs made in the period close to “Sgt. Pepper”–anything in 1967, for example, and some of the music produced in 1966. There are some very good options in that group for inclusion in a re-boot of “Sgt. Pepper”.

Then fill in “Sgt. Pepper” with the songs that should have been included but weren’t: “Strawberry Fields” and “Penny Lane” , of course. Without the three songs that had some band ambivalence to them, a first pass at a re-boot would provide this lineup:

“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”

“With a Little Help From My Friends”

“Lucy in The Sky With Diamonds”

“Getting Better”

“Fixing A Hole”

“Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite”

“Within You, Without You”

“Strawberry Fields”

“Tomorrow Never Knows”

“Penny Lane”

“St. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” (reprise)

“A Day In The Life”

Not a bad lineup at all and you can try it yourself at home by setting up the playlist in iTunes and letting it roll.

But…a few other songs that fit either in mood or production technique (or both) creates an even more interesting re-boot.

“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”

“With a Little Help From My Friends”

“Lucy in The Sky With Diamonds”

“Getting Better”

“All You Need Is Love”

“Fixing A Hole”

“Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite”

“Within You, Without You”

“Strawberry Fields”

“Tomorrow Never Knows”

“Hello Goodbye”

“Penny Lane”

“St. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” (reprise)

“A Day In The Life”

In this iteration,  the iconic songs that set up the album are preserved, the key opening and closing sequences are intact, but new (to the playlist) songs that build on the “Sgt. Pepper’s” consciousness and sound add to the overall magnificence of the album.

It’s been called the “greatest album ever recorded” so there is no presumption that a new song lineup would be as good or better the original–greatest of all time is tough to beat. But..and this is the point…it would provide yet another take on the most discussed album of our time as well as a glimpse into different thoughts of how the album might be programmed.

If you’re interested enough to read this far…then send me your playlist and song order for a “Sgt. Pepper” reboot. I’ll post it, and will  look forward to hearing it.

 

 

 

 


The Christmas Playlist Series: No. X

The Hunt for New (Christmas) Music:

This playlist is composed of the best of the previous playlists. This is Part A. Combine it with the playlist that follows and create your own super-Christmas playlist for the season.

Line ’em all up on your playback system and let them play all day(or night).

All good. All totally in the holiday spirit.

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No, Song, Artist

1, Jingle Bells, Katherine McPhee

2, Carol of the Bells, Keith Lockhart

3, Thinking About You, Paul Carrack

4, Sleigh Ride, Arthur Fiedler & Boston Pops

5, A DC Christmas Melody, Destiny’s Child

6, The Christmas Song (Holiday Remix), Christina Aguillera

7, Driving Home For Christmas, Billy Mathis

8, White Christmas, Michael Buble’ (w/Shania Twain)

9, Blue Decorations, BB King

10, I Believe in Father Christmas, Cortex Cure

11, All Alone on Christmas, Darlene Love

12, Snowflake, Joe Sample

13, Holiday Road, Lindsey Buckingham

14, Waltz of the Flowers, Greg Long

15, The Spirit of Christmas (Chillout Lounge Mix), Skillmates

16, Christmas at My House, Rahsaan Patterson

17, Rudoph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, Los Lonely Boys

18, Wrapped in Red, Kelly Clarkson

19, Let It Snow Let It Snow Let It Snow, Dean Martin

20, All I Want For Christmas is You, Mariah Carey

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The Christmas Playlist Series: No. IX

The Hunt for New (Christmas) Music:

 

The 9th in a series of terrific and smartly curated playlists of Christmas and Holiday music.

As always, the spirit shines through.

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no, title, artist

1, Sleigh Bells, The Blenders

2, Wonderful Dream (Holidays Are Coming), Melanie Horton

3, Ye Merry Gents, Billy Paul Williams

4, Home, Blake Shelton w/Michael Buble

5, Best Christmas Ever, Wonder Girls

6, It’s Not Really Christmas, Kevin Parker

7, White Christmas, Michael Buble (w/Shania Twain)

8, Working at Christmas, Paul Brady

9, The Day It Snowed, Amusement Parks On Fire

10, Christmas Time to Me, Jordan Sparks

11, Christmas Kiss, Steven Curtis Chapman

12, Even Santa Gets The Blues, Marty Stuart

13, Driving Home For Christmas, The Reggae Band

14, No Room At The End, Mahalia Jackson

15, It Snowed, Meaghan Smith

16, Birth of Love, SuperHerose

17, Just Want To Be With You (This Christmas), Nick Lowe

18, One More Sleep, Leona Lewis

19, Merry Christmas Baby, Bruce Springsteen

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The Christmas Playlist Series: No. VIII (slow)

The Hunt for New (Christmas) Music:

 

A double Christmas Playlist. The first one,  The “Christmas Series Playlist VIII (slow),  features Christmas and Holiday Music that is a little lower key than some of the rocking music normally featured.

Makes no difference…fast or slow, it’s all great.

And…if slower holiday music is not your thing, a playlist featuring faster tunes is coming up tomorrow.

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no, title, artist

1, Carol of The Bells, George Winston

2, Winter Wonderland, Tony Bennett & The Count Basie Band

3, Long Road Home, Sheryl Crow

4, The Nutcracker-Russian Dance, Philadelphia Orchestra

5, Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree, She & Him

6, Christmas Lights, Coldplay

7, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Ray Charles

8, Christmas With My Girl, Mindless Behavior

9, Snow Globe, Mathew Wertz

10, Christmas Without You, One Republic

11, O Christmas Tree, King Kooba

12, Last Christmas, Kimberly Locke

13, Merry Christmas Happy Holidays, Chicao

14, Please Come Home For Christmas, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals

15, Let It Snow Let It Snow Let It Snow, Marcus Roberts Trio

16, Well Hear It’s Christmas, Phillipp Franknauser

17, Christmas Time Is Here, Kem

18, Christmas In New Orleans, Louis Armstrong

19, Glorious, Melissa Etheridge

20, Skating, Cyrus Chestnut & Friends

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20 Songs. 1.2 Hours.

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The Christmas Playlist Series: No. VI

The Hunt for New (Christmas)Music:

 

Our 6th  Christmas Music Playlist. Every playlist has a different personality and every list is very tightly curated.

Pay particular attention to Paul Simon’s opening song, “Getting Ready for Christmas Day”, which is an absolute blast and sets a great tone for the holiday season. Right behind, Barenake Ladies & Sara McLachlan do a very 21st Century version of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and McLachlan follows with a sharp version of John Lennon’s “Happy Christmas” (and you thought The Beatles didn’t do Christmas music) .

Another in our tradition of including not-specifically-Christmas music comes from Mavis Staples, whose version of of “In Christ There is No East or West” is a modern spiritual for the Holidays.

There’s a great group of “chill” Versions of classics (“Deck the Halls”, “We Three Kings”, Sleigh Ride”, “Winter Wonderland”), a new classic from Hall & Oates (“Home for Christmas”) and songs by Lenka, Zee Avi, Michael Franks, and Stevie Wonder & Wyclif Jean.

All in all–a terrific Christmas Playlist (But then, every playlist is terrific).

So..it’s a gift and a soundtrack for the season.

Enjoy and turn it up….

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no,title, artist

1, Getting Ready For Christmas Day, Paul Simon

2, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Barenaked Ladies & Sara McLachlan

3, Happy Christmas, Sara McLachlan

4, Here Comes Santa Claus, Ramsey Lewis Trio

5, Rudolph The Rednosed Reindeer, Jack Johnson

6, We Three Kings, Josh One (w/Cool John Ferguson)

7, In Christ There Is No East Or West, Mavis Staples

8, Deck The Halls, Peter Cetera

9, Feliz Navidad, Lenny B (W/David Verbist)

10, Sleigh Ride, Toby Lightman

11, Winter Wonderland, Lenny B & Madison Park

12, Merry Christmas Baby, Stevie Wonder & Wyclef Jean

13, Christmas Baby (Please Come Home), Mariah Carey

14, Christmas In Kyoto, Michael Franks

15, The Little Drummer Boy, Kenny Burrell

16, All My Bells Are Burning, Lenka

17, Home For Christmas, Hall & Oates

18, No Christmas For Me, Zee Avi

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The Christmas Playlist Series: No.V

The Hunt for New (Christmas)Music:

 

The Fifth Playlist in our annual Christmas Music Playlist Series. Every playlist has a different personality and every list is very tightly curated.

As always, new favorites and classics updated for the times….all of it good.

Enjoy.

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no,title, artist

1, Happy Holidays(Beef Wellington Mix), Bing Crosby

2, Run Rudolph Run, Sheryl Crow

3, I Believe in Father Christmas, Cortex Cure

4, Driving Home For Christmas, Billy Mathis

5, Early On One Christmas Morn, Bruce Cockburn

6, White Christmas, Raul Malo

7, Jesus Is Just Alright, The Doobie Brothers

8, Mistletoe, Colbie Callet

9, Please Come Home For Christmas, Cee Lo Green

10, World Christmas, R. Kelly

11,This Christmas (Hang up the Mistletoe), Paul Carrack

12, Last Christmas(Single Version), Ashley Tisdale

13, Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree, Toby Keith

14, Sunshine Christmas, Billy Paul Williams

15,Winter Wonderland, James Taylor w/Chris Botti

16, Let It Snow Let It Snow Let It Snow, Dean Martin

17, The Christmas Song, Catherine Feeny

18, Christmas Must Be Tonight, Hall & Oates

19, The Way We Celebrate New Year’s Eve, Michael Franks

20, Wonderful Christmas Time, Straight No Chaser w/Paul McCartney

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The Christmas Playlist Series: No. IV

The Hunt for New (Christmas)Music:

 

No. IV in our annual and tightly curated Christmas Playlists.

As always, new favorites and classics updated for the times….

Turn it up and enjoy the sounds of the season.

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no,title, artist

1, Blue Decorations, B.B.King

2, Island Christmas, Michael Franks

3, Baby It’s Cold Outside, James Taylor

4, Someday at Christmas, Jack Johnson

5, Merry Christmas Baby, Charles Brown & Bonnie Raitt

6, I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm, Frank Sinatra

7, What Christmas Means to Me, Paul Young

8, Jesus Etc., Wilco

9, River, Sarah McLachlan

10, Christmas Time is Here, Tony Bennett

11, Winter Paradise, Destiny’s Children

12, Please Come Home For Christmas, Willie Nelson

13, Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy, Brad Paisley

14, Winter Song, Sarah Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson

15, Let it Snow Let It Snow Let It Snow, Michael Buble

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The Christmas Playlist Series: No. IV

The Hunt For New (Christmas) Music:

Christmas music you can dance to. The season, remixed, with our fourth Christmas Playlist of the season.

Put ’em on and turn it up.

[table]

no, title, artist

1, Blue Decorations, B.B. King

2, Island Christmas, Michael Franks

3, Baby It’s Cold Outside, James Taylor

4, Someday at Christmas, Jack Johnson

5, Merry Christmas Baby, Charles Brown & Bonnie Raitt

6, We Three Kings, Rod Stewart w/Mary K Blige

7, What Christmas Means to Me, Paul Young

8, Jesus Etc., Wilco

9, River, Sarah McLachlan

10, Christmas Time is Here, Tony Bennett

11, Winter Paradise, Destiny’s Children

12, Please Come Home For Christmas, Willie Nelson

13, Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy, Brad Paisley

14, Winter Song, Sarah Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson

15, Let it Snow Let It Snow Let It Snow, Michael Buble

16, My Hallelujah Song, Julianne Hough

17, Getting In The Mood, The Brian Setzer Orchestra

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17 Songs. 1 Hour