How about an actual Phil Spector song? “Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)” by Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Barry, and Phil Spector, sung by (a quite young) U2: Video posted by Justin Duarte And sung by the original singer, Darlene Love (with Patti LaBelle), just a year ago: Video posted by The View According to Rolling Stone
Here’s a relatively new one–the Phil Spector-influenced “Underneath the Tree,” by Kelly Clarkson and Greg Kurstin, sung by Kelly Clarkson: Video from KellyClarksonVEVO [I]n December, 2013, Clarkson told Jay Leno that she waited to do a Christmas album until [Kurstin] was available. She added, “He’s Jewish, so he didn’t know any of the songs.
Chanukah (or Hanukkah, or however you prefer to spell it) starts almost two weeks before Christmas this year, so here’s “Hanukkah in Santa Monica” by Tom Lehrer, sung by Tom Lehrer: Video from Tom Lehrer-Topic, Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group North America Like many of these songs, everybody seems to have covered this
After all, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”! Lyrics by Edward Pola, music by George Wyle, sung by The Muppets (with Mindy Kaling, although I have to say you can’t hear her): Video from ABC Television Network If that’s just too cute for you (it’s not for me, but hey, tastes differ), have
“We Need a Little Christmas” by Jerry Herman, sung by LeAnn Rimes Video from leannrimesofficial I have to say that while I never thought of this song as “country”–it is, after all, from the Broadway musical Mame (No, it is not from “Glee.” “Glee” did a very partial cover of it, but it was nonetheless
Don’t get me wrong–I’m not complaining about that! New York snow is only pretty so long as it’s falling. So this is meant neither as an order nor a request, but… “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”, by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne, sung by Gloria Estefan: Video from Gloria Estefan –
…it must be time for my parade of Jewish winter-holiday-season music. Chanukah songs, of course, and Christmas/generalized-winter-holiday-season songs written by Jews. (If you were not expecting this, then welcome! You must be new to Castrocopia, always good to see a new face.) I started with this song last year, too, because it makes such
*ahem* Could I have a moment of your attention before you disappear into a blizzard of parades/football games/National Dog Show/cooking/eating/otherwise celebrating Thanksgiving? By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation. Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful
(Because “happy” really isn’t appropriate.)
A shana tova–a happy new year–to all our Copians and Copia visitors!