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Welcome to Part Two of the Holidays Classics, the collection of my favorite vintage, retro Holidays songs. Volume 2 of the Holidays Classics begins with a fun and sensational number, one of the most festive and spirited of all the Holidays songs.
Jose Feliciano: Feliz Navidad
I love the fiesta vibes of this catchy, delightful song. Love the vibrant use of the guitar and percussion and horns. It makes me think of sunny days on a beautiful, tropical, island paradise. Golden soft sands, warm blue waters, a delightful drink in a beach chair, just a fantastic way to enjoy the Holidays.
Brenda Lee: Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree
What a fun, festive, and feisty spirited song to celebrate the season! It's a fabulous song to dance to and spread a lot of Holiday cheer.
Vaughn Monroe: Let it Snow
There are other versions of this iconic Holidays and winter season song, but Vaughn Monroe's version is my fave. I love the sound of the orchestra and the whole styling of this song--very Big Band and Swing, making me want to dance along to the music.
Andrews Sisters: Winter Wonderland
The Andrews Sisters are megastars in a universe of their own. They have the best harmonies and sound of any music group. And it blows my mind that they were making such awesome music that's both ahead of its time and timeless. I love this winter season song.
Andrews Sisters: Sleigh Ride
Another Holidays and winter masterpiece by the sublime Andrews Sisters.
Bobby Helms: Jingle Bell Rock
This is just a fantastic and great, fun song to dance to and get into the Holidays mood. It's perfect for Holiday parties and long drives. It always cheers me up and puts a smile on my face.
Andy Williams: It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
I love the happy, celebratory vibes of this song. It fills me with cheerful energy. It really puts me in the festive, partying mood. And with the right people, right festivities, and right music, it really is the most wonderful time of the year.
Frank Sinatra: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Judy Garland sang it first in Meet Me in St Louis. But I much prefer Frank Sinatra's version. His sound is more yearning, more wistful, yet also hopeful at the same time. This song is both comforting and sad for me, because it reminds me of the past and all the people I've lost over the years. But it's also hopeful, because it makes me think of all the friends and loved ones that I cherish and treasure.
I may not be able to go back home to the farm to see my family for the Holidays, but I'm still lucky and fortunate. I have friends I'm spending the Holidays with, and friends are the family we get to choose. And I am grateful to be alive, to have the opportunity to spend time with the people I love and enjoy their company. I hope you, too, get to spend some time with the people you love, and have yourself a Merry little Christmas.
Bing Crosby: I'll Be Home For Christmas
I've always loved this song. My family played it a lot during the Holidays back on the farm. As a small child, I was too young to appreciate it, but I enjoyed the melody. It sounded sweet and soothing. It felt comforting. And I wanted all of my loved ones, my whole family and friends, to be home for Christmas. Being together makes the Holidays special and wonderful.
When I became a teen, the song took on a more poignant meaning, because I realized why my parents often played this song during the Holidays. It was a way to keep in our hearts our loved ones who couldn't spend the Holidays with us. And it was a tribute to remember those who had passed on, far beyond our reach.
This song takes on a melancholic meaning when you realize that it was written during World War II. So many soldiers were far away from their families and homes, never knowing if they would live to see the end of the terrible fighting, or even survive to see the next day. And for some of those soldiers, the only way they'd ever return home to their loved ones would only be in their dreams. What a heartbreaking thought.
And it's a sad reminder that there are still soldiers and sailors overseas, far from their homes and loved ones. I wish them all a peaceful and safe Holidays, and I hope they all return safely back to their families and homes.
Glenn Miller Orchestra: Auld Lang Syne
Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians performed the version that is the standard for New Year's Eve celebration. And it's a lovely piece. But for me, I prefer the Glenn Miller Orchestra version, for their Big Band and Swing sound. It's a vivacious, lively, and very festive sound, and I want to greet and welcome the New Year in a fun, fantastic, and awesome mood.
And there you have it, the collection of Holidays Classics that puts me in the Holidays spirit. These songs define and exemplify the spirit of the season. And I hope you enjoy them as you celebrate and commemorate the Holidays.
Have a Very Happy Holiday Season to You and Your Loved Ones. Be safe, be healthy, and be good to yourself and to others. I wish y'all much Peace, Serenity, and Joy for the Holidays and through the New Year. Best wishes and Good Cheers to Y'all. May the Holidays fill you with warmth and happiness, and May the New Year surround you with good fortune, good friends, and good times.
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