Is it too late to ask? Or too early? Or…

“What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve” by Frank Loesser, sung by Barbra Streisand: Video posted by ChristmasCottage’s channel According to the Songfacts blog, this is the second most popular song for the end of the year, and it is “the kind of ballad that is usually sung in a melancholy tone because the singer

Latkes!

Tonight will be the third night of Chanukah, and since my family has not yet had latkes at dinner, I bring what I hope will be some inspiration–the Maccabeats singing “Latke Recipe,” lyrics by Spencer Garfield: Video by Maccabeats Videos There is also a demonstration video version: Video by Maccabeats Videos

May your days be merry and bright

We’re a bit short on snow in my part of the world right now, which is not unusual–it’s still on the early side for the white stuff. Of course, the following song‘s rarely-performed opening verse begins “The sun is shining, the grass is green.” “White Christmas” by Irving Berlin, sung by The Three Tenors: Video

One songwriter, so many Christmas songs

Three examples: “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” by Johnny Marks, based on a poem by Robert L. May, as sung by Destiny’s Child (you heard me): Video posted by DestinysChildVEVO “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” by Johnny Marks, sung by Bill Haley: Video posted by PEARLY “A Holly Jolly Christmas,” by Johnny Marks, sung by Sufjan

Here’s to making hearts grow three sizes in one day

“You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” by Albert Hague and Theodor Geisel, sung by Thurl Ravenscroft: Video courtesy of horgemlingurinn And here’s a version by the Pickens High School Jazz Band (really quite good!): Video posted by Jennifer Bryan To quote from Albert Hague’s obituary in the The New York Times: “When he played the

Now would be a good time…

“Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)” by Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Barry, and Phil Spector, sung by Jon Bon Jovi: Video posted by Doddie004 And sung by the original singer, Darlene Love (with Patti LaBelle), just a few days ago: Video posted by The View According to Rolling Stone (2010), if you’re looking for the best rock

If you are planning to be home, you probably should have already headed out

“I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” by Walter Kent, Kim Gannon, and Buck Ram, sung by Lady Antebellum: Video by Lady Antebellum And an acoustic cover of “I’ll by Home for Christmas,” sung by Jason and Michael Castro: Video by Jason Castro (Okay, yes, the stache is unfortunate.) The song, wistful and haunting, first recorded in