This is Three Things, an occasional series on whatever I want to write about. It might be seasonal, it might be topical, or it might be apropos of absolutely nothing. So sit down, and for this installment, plug in your headphones or turn up your speakers, it’s time to talk songs. Christmas songs. More specifically, Christmas songs you might not have heard of,they just happen to be my favourites…
1. The Cover: Relient K – Sleigh Ride
The music to Sleigh Ride has been around for aaaages, and as with a lot of old Christmas music, it’s been borrowed and bastardised by a whole heap of musicians and bands over the years. However, this version by Relient K, from the pun-derfully titled “Let It Snow Baby…Let It Reindeer” album is my definite favourite (definitely go check the rest of the album out) and SUPER Christmassy. Go watch!
2. The Original: New Found Glory – Nothing For Christmas
New Found Glory are one of my favourite bands ever ever, so I guess I’m a bit of a sucker for a bit of festive awesomeness from them, but this one totally knocked my (obligatory Christmas) socks off when I first heard it. Having spent the last few Decembers blasting NFG’s wonderfully bitter and cold “Ex-Miss” as loud as possible, this is a chance of pace to say the least…
If you’re a fan of acoustic guitar, gang vocals, or even if this time of year just makes you feel uncharacteristically warm and fuzzy, “Nothing For Christmas” is the jam for you and whoever you’re sharing the holidays with!
3. The Classic : Mariah Carey/The Roots/Jimmy Fallon – All I Want For Christmas Is You
Now, unless you’ve been living under a rock since EVER, you’ve definitely heard this song in its original form. Played relentlessly on radio, TV, shops and everywhere else around this time of year, whether you love this song or not, it’s probably sort of become festive white noise to you by now. No longer. Add The Roots and classroom instruments, and then just try to resist hitting play again once it’s over. Christmas, upgraded.