Saturday, December 25, 2010

25 Days of Ken's Christmas Music - Day 25

Well, here we are at my final entry for the Christmas season and it should be no surprise to be wishing everyone a Merry Christmas from the Family.

Merry Christmas from the Family - Robert Earl Keene

Friday, December 24, 2010

25 Days of Ken's Christmas Music - Day 24

I've had a couple of request for this song and it was always on my list to post but I wanted to wait 'til closer to Christmas.  Well, here we are on Christmas Eve and it's yours to enjoy.

Fairytale of New York - The Pogues & Kristy McColl

Thursday, December 23, 2010

25 Days of Ken's Christmas Music - Days 22 & 23

The stress of the holidays is getting to me which has put me behind once again.

I am a Michael Buble fan and I would be remiss if I didn't post one of his Christmas songs. This is my wife's favorite and while I'm partial to Amy Grant's version, I will concede and post his version.  Since there is no official video, I'm posting the one where he stares at you and sings without moving his lips.

Grown Up Christmas List - Michael Buble

White Christmas is a great traditional Christmas song and many people have done it but my all time favorite is by James Carter....SAXY!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

25 Days of Ken's Christmas Music - Days 16 - 21

Time has gotten away from me and I've fallen way behind.  So tonight's post will be of six videos.

I'll start off with a song that has gotten a lot of mention at my house.  About a month ago, I blipped Teddy Bear by Red Sovine.  When I had a conversion with Brad Lovett (@Brad_Lovett), he told me of a very sad Christmas song that Red had done.  When I tell people about this song, they just can't believe it so I'm including it here for all to hear.

Faith in Santa - Red Sovine

So after that I need to lighten things up a bit.  Ever heard of Dread Zeppelin?  They are a group that does reggae versions of Led Zeppelin songs but their lead singer is an Elvis impersonator.  Fun stuff.

All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth - Dread Zeppelin

And who can forget that ever famous song from The Year Without a Santa Claus?

Mr. Heatmiser - Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Now that we've taken the edge off of Red's depressing song, maybe we can add some normal stuff back in.

Thank God it's Christmas - Queen

2000 Miles - The Pretenders

Father Christmas - The Kinks

My apologies for falling behind and for some of the video content.  As I've stated before, it's getting harder and harder to find quality videos of the songs I'm looking for.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

25 Days of Ken's Christmas Music - Day 15

Today my wife was walking with a friend in the mall and mentioned my blog.  Within hours, an email from my wife's friend was sent with a song that I'd never heard but one that I can't resist sharing with you here tonight. This song is not only funny but because I work in Oak Ridge at AMSE, it has a second level of enjoyability to it.  And it was a hit with a couple of my co-workers as well.  So enjoy, compliments of Stinkysmom.

Christmas at Ground Zero -"Weird Al" Yankovic

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

25 Days of Ken's Christmas Music - Day 14

Anyone who knows me, knows I'm a big Merle Haggard fan.  So I honestly couldn't post a list of favorite songs without including a Merle Haggard tune or two.

If We Make It Through December - Merle Haggard

I'm such a fan of Merle that I wanted to share more of his songs, so I created the playlist below.  The first five are my favorites by Merele. I hope that you enjoy them as much as I do.

Lastly, the pressure is mounting to find good quality videos of the music I'm looking for to complete my list.  My question to you is:  Is video necessary?  Would you be just as satisfied with a playlist like the one above.  I could definitely get a lot more songs in that way.

Monday, December 13, 2010

25 Days of Ken's Christmas Music - Day 13

"Someone stole my record player.  How do you like that?"  I assume this is the closest Tom Waits comes to singing a Christmas carol.

Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis - Tom Waits

Also wanted to share with you today, a parody of Bing Crosby and David Bowie's Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth bit.  Here we have Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly playing the parts of Bowie and Crosby respectively.  Be sure to watch 'til the end.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

25 Days of Ken's Christmas Music - Days 11 & 12

Fell behind again, so tonight's a double decker in order to catch up.

I've always enjoyed Squeeze and when I heard Christmas Day, it quickly became a favorite.

Christmas Day - Squeeze (The volume is a little low on the video so turn it up.)

Thus far, my list has included songs that I've known for years but this morning at church the band, lead by Davis Mitchell of Dishwater Blonde, introduced the congregation to a song that I found worthy a mention here and probably a download soon.  It is sure to get added to the collection of songs to be played year after year.

Shake Up Christmas - Train

Friday, December 10, 2010

25 Days of Ken's Christmas Music - Day 10

"Your donations help to buy,
GI Joes for Contra kids."

How are there not more Christmas songs with lyrics like that.

All I Want For Christmas - Timbuk 3

Thursday, December 9, 2010

25 Days of Ken's Christmas Music - Day 9

Whoever had the idea to put Bing Crosby and David Bowie together was a genius.  And it's one that wife approves of.

Little Drummer Boy - Bing Crosby & David Bowie

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

25 Days of Ken's Christmas Music - Day 8

Because when you think of Christmas you think of punks, skins, nun chucks, & a sword like Indian Jones.

Oi to the World - No Doubt

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

25 Days of Ken's Christmas Music - Day 7

It's rockin' and there's just nothing more to say about it.

Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight) - Ramones

Monday, December 6, 2010

25 Days of Ken's Christmas Music - Day 6

Not a traditional song by any means but it's one that I listen to each year.  My wife hates it.  The title of the song is enough to make you question if it should even be considered a holiday song.  I'll let you choose.

Shouldn't Have Given Him A Gun For Christmas - Wall of Voodoo

Sunday, December 5, 2010

25 Days of Ken's Christmas Music - Days 2, 3, 4, & 5

Nothing like starting a blog that I had hoped to update daily for the 25 days of Christmas and get behind.  So today, I'm playing catch-up.

The Christmas season doesn't start for me until I hear U2's Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).  It's from the A Very Special Christmas album.  I had the first three in the series of this title and enjoyed them a lot.  As I play catch-up I'll post videos from the first album among my favorites.  Hopefully, from this point forward I can make my daily updates.

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - U2

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - John Cougar Mellencamp

Christmas in Hollis - RUN D.M.C

Gabriel's Message - Sting

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

25 Days of Ken's Christmas Music - Day 1

I recently attended a meeting of the Social Media Club of Knoxville, where I ran into a twitter buddy of mine, Jeremy Floyd, @jfloyd.  He explained that a couple of times a year he sits down and puts a lot of thought into some "mix tapes" and he wanted to share his latest "mix" with me.  Upon leaving the meeting, which just happened to be on blogging, I thought that by combining my love for music, Jeremy's idea of a mix tape, and blogging that I could create a blog of the various music I like and share with those around me.  Thus inflating my ego, as if someone would read or listen to it, and clogging up the interwebs with more junk.

I thought I'd start with Christmas music. So, for the next 25 days, you'll be getting a taste of some of my favorite Christmas music with a side of commentary. 

Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid
Perhaps one of the first non-traditional Christmas songs I can remember that wasn't country music.  It quickly became one of my favorites.