Tuesday Tunes was such a popular feature in November that I've decided to keep it around as long as I can find fun music to share with you.
Welcome to the December Holiday Edition of Tuesday Tunes. I am a Christmas music fanatic. My iTunes library has an entire section devoted to Holiday music where I've collected a couple hundred songs over the years. I'm extremely picky about the versions of particular songs but every year I seem to find a couple new ones to add to the collection.
This week I'm sharing a mix of some of the most-played songs in our house this time of year. Handyman Tim much prefers Christmas hymns with just a few notable exceptions so over the coming weeks I'll be featuring a mix of both of our favorites. I'm sure there will be something for just about everyone.
1. Barenaked Ladies & Sarah McLachlan's God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen: Best. Christmas Song. Ever. Handyman Tim and I both agree this is top of our lists. We've had many a discussion that we wish more popular artists would do versions of hymns in this manner.
2. Sarah McLachlan's Song for a Winter's Night: I love the quiet mood of this song as well as the fact that it is not over-the-top Christmasy.
3. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's Mr. Heat Miser: This is probably Tim's second most favorite song. I know it reminds him of the crazy intense Minnesota winters he grew up in and it always makes him grin.
4 & 5. Eartha Kitt's Santa Baby & Pearl Bailey's Five Pound Box of Money: These classics always make me laugh but it has to be these particular versions. Go classic or go home. I'm horrified by many of the modern remakes. Seriously, who could top those two phenomenal ladies?!
6. Ann Margaret and Al Hirt's Baby, It's Cold Outside: This song is always done so horribly by so many imitators. This perfect version is slow, seductive without being creepy, and sets just the right tone. Too often it is performed way too upbeat and happy. Listen to Al coaxing her to stay just a little longer. How could anyone resist?!
Secret confession: Tim and I have been quietly perfecting our own rendition of Baby, It's Cold Outside over the years. We're dreaming of taking our show on the road when we have things "just so". I can think of at least a few of his family members who might just be willing to pay for a ticket to that show.