28 Days of Holiday Music: Day 3: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas


Back in 1998, you couldn’t find this recording very easily. It was on a UK single called Spark Pt 1 to promote the album From the Choirgirl Hotel. Back then, you had to scour CD stores for it. Now you can buy it used on Amazon for $80 or listen to it for free on YouTube, or buy the tracks for a dollar apiece as .mp3s. Oh, the life of the pre-internet music fan! I remember finding it and being so incredibly thrilled. Ah, good memories. [Edit: Further investigation shows that Amazon prices might be a bit high, since Ebay has most of these singles listed between $2.00 and $19.00 depending on various particulars of the item.]

There were two Christmas-themed b-sides on that single Purple People (Christmas in Space) and this one that I’m featuring today.


Day Three

Some music trivia for you–this recording was featured in a Roswell episode back in the day. The coolness factor of that depends on how you feel about Roswell, I suppose.

28 Days of Holiday Music: Day 2: All I Ever Get For Christmas Is Blue


From Wikipedia:

Snow Angels is the ninth studio album, and second Christmas album, by Over the Rhine, released independently in 2006. The album was released by Great Speckled Dog on October 2, 2007.


Also from Wikipedia:

Snow Angels was released ten years after the group’s first Christmas disc, 1996’s The Darkest Night of the Year. While Darkest Night was largely composed of interpretations of traditional Christmas songs, Snow Angels was almost entirely original material. The only non-original track in the album is a lounge-inspired take on “Jingle Bells” that debuted during the 2004 Christmas tour.

Day Two

And a bonus good, fresh holiday song from this album:

28 Days of Holiday Music: Day One: Hard Candy Christmas


December is a tough month for me in terms of blogging. I’m a mom who works outside of the home and writes books on the side, so I’m spread pretty thin during a regular month. Throw Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year into the mix, and I’m a goner. So, I was thinking about my blog for the month and considered taking a break for December, but decided instead that I do still want to share holiday joy with my readers.

What do I love? Music! What else do I love? Christmas and holiday music! The hubby is a bit of a scrooge when it comes to holiday music, but I’m a huge fan of it. I love both old standards and I especially love seeking out new holiday songs. So, for the next, uh, 28 days (eep! I’m late!) I’m gonna share one holiday song a day here! Hooray! Fa-la-la-la-la!

Day One

From Wikipedia:

“Hard Candy Christmas” is a song written by composer/lyricist Carol Hall for the musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.


Also from Wikipedia a bit of trivia:

The Venture Bros. released a version of the song in 2005 as performed by Henchmen nos. 21 and 24 and The Monarch.

The reason for the above trivia is BECAUSE THIS SONG IS AWESOME! THE END!