Christmas songs

Yep, the final and surely only important remaining topic of 2009: the best and worst Christmas songs. Obviously. You are surrounded by them everywhere you go, after all, and probably have been since the Hallowe’en paraphernalia was hidden away for another year. How limp and lifeless would Christmas be without them?

However clichéd they may be, whether you like them or despise them, I’m especially interested in different versions of the same piece for comparison’s sake. The Drifters’ version of ‘White Christmas’, for example. Frank Sinatra’s ‘Jingle Bells’. Celine Dion’s attempt at ‘Happy Xmas (War is Over)’. And so on and so forth.

By the way, in my view, which is flagrantly biased, never mind downloading ‘Killing in the Name’ to spite Cowell and Co.; people in the UK should be trying to make this Christmas Number One – and supporting Crisis at the same time. What do you think? (Proceeds will also be donated to Feeding America and the United Nations’ World Food Programme. Good for you, Bob.)

OK, I’ll get straight to the songs that I find most irritating at this (most wonderful) time of the year. I have a fairly high tolerance level when it comes to Christmas tunes, surprisingly, but draw the line at these. I’m really sorry if mentioning them causes anyone’s blood pressure to rise. You might want to hold your breath?

– Burl Ives, ‘Holly Jolly Christmas’
– Jona Lewie, ‘Stop the Cavalry’
– Mike Oldfield, ‘In Dulci Jubilo’

And breathe out through your mouth slowly…

As always, thank you very much for your company throughout the year, both here and in the chatroom; I continue to value your honesty and humour greatly. Enjoy the Christmas holiday, however you choose to spend it, and may the New Year bring all that you hope for, particularly good health.

At the risk of sounding like Shakin’ Stevens: Merry Christmas, everyone.

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour's official blog, The Blog ('Features' previously being its rather naff title), affectionately - or lazily - shortened to 'FEd'.

96 thoughts on “Christmas songs”

  1. Hey Everyone,

    Make that a double Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Fed.

    Despite no tour and very little news on the Mr. Gilmour front you have made it a very interesting year on the blog. Granted not every topic interested me but as you mentioned a while ago you can always pick and choose what does.

    My fav Christmas songs…

    Anything by King’s College Choir especially Once in Royal David’s City and the Holly and the Ivy… both with killer sopranos.

    John Rutter’s What Sweeter Music performed by the Cambridge Singers… not really a true Christmas song but the spirit is there.

    Nat King Cole’s Christmas Song

    Hates…

    Anything by the Chipmunks

    Cheers, Howard

    1. Thanks, Howard, that’s much appreciated.

      You know, I used to tag the most wildly off-topic posts with an apologetic ‘Random Nonsense’; I should probably, belatedly, start tagging the on-topic ones with a ‘David Gilmour’. :v

  2. Some of the worst Christmas songs to me:

    I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas
    Feliz Navidad
    I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

    I am also tired of the stations over playing Josh Groban. His is one of the only O Holy Night versions they play. I actually think the best version of OHN is by New Song, who made The Christmas Shoes famous.

    I actually prefer the classics as opposed to the so called pop stars covering the songs. I cannot take any more American Idol contestants singing whatever to try to grab their 15 minutes of fame.

  3. Hi FEd,

    Oh, I love Christmas time and in particularly these Christmas songs:

    – “Jingle Bell Rock
    – “Let it Snow” by Frank Sinatra

    During Christmas’ time I and my boyfriend are Santa and Elf for a primary school. I love give these magic moments to children. 🙂

    And my elf name is “Penny”. :))

    Bye, Hydrea

  4. I just bought Dylan’s Christmas In The Heart the other day and not just to help charity, as lovely a thing as that is. It’s a good one and was quickly added to my massive Yule Playlist.

    So, hmmm, favorites.

    I have a desperate love of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Since my very favorite carol-type holiday song is Carol of the Bells they win big, even if my favorite version is by Seven Nations.

    From childhood, the soundtracks to A Charlie Brown Christmas and the (cartoon not that mess foisted on the world more recently) soundtrack to The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. Read/acted by Boris Karloff and sung by the man who was Tony the Tiger in the breakfast cereal ads. How could I not love this? And The Beach Boys “Merry Christmas, Baby” delaying the whole Brian Wilson’s lyrics debate for another lifetime, thank you.

    More modern: The Pretenders “2000 Miles”, No Doubt’s “Oi To The World”, Band Aid “Do They Know It’s Christmas”, U2’s “Merry Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” among others.

    The only version of “White Christmas” I want to hear is Rosemary Clooney’s, I don’t know why.

    But ultimately the one I love best comes off The Chieftains “The Bells of Dublin”: “The Rebel Jesus” with Jackson Browne.

    Lovely, wonderful, warm and cozy holidays to all.

  5. I’m not a fan of Christmas songs and the overdose I get these days (although I do not listen to radio!) makes thinks worse. So my list looks like that

    Best Christmas song: none
    Worst Christmas songs: all

    …and now for something completely different:

    Great re-launch of davidgilmour.com FEd! I like the rainbow coloured rays moving on the top, as well as the new wireman movies…

    Best regards,
    Taki

    1. … I was too fast and this seems to be the last topic:

      I wish you FEd, all Bloggers, David and all your families piece-full days, health, tungsten nerves and and a happy new year. May most of your wishes come true, but not all, so that you can have something to dream of…

      Best regards from Bavaria

      Taki

  6. ‘Christmas in The Heart’ is a brilliant album – I’m not exactly Bob Dylan’s greatest fan but I do love him when he’s being so Bob Dylan that he’d come 5th in a Bob Dylan impersonators contest because he was overdoing the Bob Dylan thing. And, yep, I’d choose feeding people over trying to take the snap out of Simon Cowell’s Christmas cracker too (although it is quite funny).

    I don’t know that first song on your list, I’m thinking that’s probably a good thing as I hate the other two. I’d add George Michael’s ‘Last Christmas’ too.

    I like this version of ‘Jingle Bells’ and this one of ‘Silent Night’.

    Hope everyone has a lovely Christmas. 🙂

    1. :)) Good versions.

      I don’t know that first song on your list, I’m thinking that’s probably a good thing as I hate the other two.

      ‘Have a Holly Jolly Christmas…’ If ever there was a song that made you want to punch the singer in the face for using nonsensical, unimaginative, clichéd rhyme to celebrate his seasonal joy, and to encourage others to share it, then that’s it. Thing is, I don’t think even a holly jolly nosebleed would dampen his spirits.

  7. Great song from Bob, even if I dont understand the video.

    Happy Christmas to you FEd and thanks for all hard work. May you rest easy over Christmas and stay healthy as there are a lot of colds on the go.

    Ian

  8. Sorry mate, I honestly cant think of a single Xmas song I like. Maybe I will hear a new one while doing some last minute shopping this weekend?

    I did intend to leave my seasons greetings at the chat but arrived later than planned. So… good health, good food, good beer and good cheer.

    Happy holidays everyone, see you next year.

  9. Ahh! Another year goes by. Great to see a new image on the webpage Fed. Now go have a Merry Xmas! 😛

    I love Greensleeves and another is Bowie and Bing’s version of Little Drummer Boy.

    Happy New Year to you and everyone also.

  10. WOW! The new website is stupendous!! It’s very well organized, professional and visually appealing. It’s all around rock star worthy – excellent job!

    Thank you David, Fed and everyone involved in creating and maintaining this wonderful place in the world where I love to spend some time.

    I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy and Healthy New Year. See you in 2010!

    Thanks. Christine 🙂

  11. I have to confess that I find most Christmas songs very irritating or annoying.

    Worst Christmas songs ever:

    – ‘Santa Baby’, by Madonna
    – ‘Jingle Bells’, as sung by Barbara Streisand
    – ‘Little Drummer Boy’, by… anyone (yes, the Great Bob included)
    – ”Please Daddy, Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas’ by John Denver. What a weird title to celebrate Christmas!

    – And, does that count for a Christmas song? Los Del Rio. Another ‘Jingle Bells’ version. 😉

    The best Christmas song I found is this one. See how Rafa looked happy at Christmas last year… 😛

    Many thanks for all you do for us, FEd. Much appreciated.

    Bonne vacances, I hope you enjoy your very , very well deserved break. Oubliez nous, juste un peu, pas trop…

    Michèle

  12. I generally dislike Christmas music. It reminds me of the consumerism and commercialism that Christmas has come to embody. However, love the Charlie Brown songs from Charlie Brown’s Christmas. I can’t remember who the musician is. And I love John Lennon’s “Merry Christmas (War Is Over)”. That has the right message.

    I miss John Lennon.

    1. However, love the Charlie Brown songs from Charlie Brown’s Christmas. I can’t remember who the musician is.

      Dan,

      I also like them very much. I don’t know the musician, too, but I think the album cover at the beginning of this video might help. 🙂

  13. Have Happy Yule and a very Blessed Holiday Season FEd!

    I do like ‘Happy X-mas, War is Over…’ by John Lennon and ‘I Believe In Father Christmas’ by ELP amongst others.

    There are quite a few songs that make me want to choke someone… but I resist! 8|

    XOXO
    Penny

  14. I love Christmas and most of the music. My list of likes would be a monster, so I’ll just add a few:

    Will Ackerman : New England Morning
    Loreena McKennitt : Snow
    Donna Summer: O Holy Night (wonderful arrangement)
    Twila Paris/Matthew Ward : O Holy Night (amazing harmony)
    Michael McDonald : Peace
    George Winston : Variations on the Kanon by Johann Pachelbel
    James Galway : Patapan
    Dan Fogelberg : Snowfall
    Pogues : Fairytale of New York
    Peter, Paul, & Mary : I Wonder as I Wander
    Kenny Loggins : Walking in the Air
    Pretenders : 2000 Miles

    As for those I don’t like, the top of the list is reserved specially for John Denver’s “Please Daddy, Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas,” followed closely by the Grandma/Reindeer song or maybe those barking dogs. Add to that anything wherein the singer runs up and down the scales like a monkey on a banana tree. Oh, and no offense to anyone, I would have to add the crooners. They mostly make me doze.

    My Christmas wish for everyone is love in a world of peace… or something as likely, like tickets to a Pink Floyd show.

    Merry Christmas!
    Loretta

  15. “I’ll huhave a bloooooo Christmas without you.”

    I love Elvis’ ‘Blue Christmas’.

    I hate ‘Felize Navidad’. That song makes me feel like peeling my face off. I have repetitive thoughts which torment me most of the time, and horrible songs like this get stuck in my brain and I’ll sing it all day like a broken record. I get furious with myself for not being able to stop.

    Anyway, I love you all and bid you an enjoyable holiday season.

    I wish the new year would bring us a different world. A new world with peace, love, brotherhood and equality, but I know it won’t.

  16. A saying we have here with reference to somebody who is a bit mean with money –

    “He’s so tight he takes his kids to see Santa’s grave before Christmas” …love it! 😀

    Have a nice Xmas everybody.

    Cheers
    Paul

  17. Just wanted to thank you FEd for yet another year of fun and entertaining banter. Your hard work is deeply appreciated as is David’s support for us.

    My best wishes to David, Polly and family for continued happiness and good health.

    Best wishes for Christmas and the new year.

    Best wishes to all our friends on the blog too. 8)

    Regards
    Paul

  18. Well here are my faves:

    1. Oh Holy Night – John Denver
    2. Silent Night – Traditional Arrangement
    3. Jona Lewie – Stop the Cavalry (Sorry FEd, this is a great tune, IMO it is probably the air force brat in me.)
    4. Slade – Merry Christmas Everybody (It is not officially Christmas until I hear Noddy Holder screaming “It’s Chrrrrrriiiiiiiiisssssssssssssstttmassssss”
    5. Last Christmas – Wham (George Michael’s voice is absolutely amazing in this one)
    6. Greg Lake – I Believe in Father Christmas

    Merry Christmas to you FEd, Mr and Mrs Gilmour and everyone, and have a wonderful New Year.

  19. Merry Christmas to David and Family, FEd, and everyone on the Blog… and a Happy New Year.

    Cheers,
    Amedeo

  20. I’ll start off with those Christmas songs that make me scratch my head and wonder what these artists were thinking…

    1) One Voice Was Heard – sibling of one of the New Kids On the Block – this songs makes me Yuletide retch EVERY time I hear it!

    2) The Christmas Shoes – Eric Dodge – I’ve broken land speed records how fast I’ve turned the radio off at just the first few notes of this depressing Holiday saga…

    3) Santa Baby – Madonna (come to think of it, MOST things from Madonna!)

    4) Christmas Wrapping – The Waitresses

    5) Dominick the Donkey (The Italian Christmas Donkey) – Lou Monte… makes me ashamed of my heritage!

    Best Christmas songs:

    1) River – Joni Mitchell (and, later yet, Sara McClaghlan)
    2) Father Christmas – The Kinks (kicks some serious butt!)
    3) Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley (later yet, by Joe Perry)
    4) Happy Xmas (War is Over) – Lennon and Yoko
    5) Christmas is the Time to Say I love you – Billy Squier

    Have a great Christmas fellow blogsters, and you FEd, and don’t forgot to hang by the mistletoe and drank lots of spiked eggnog!

    Darren

  21. Here is a link to John Denver’s version of O Holy Night. This is how I remember back in the mid 70s.

    I always sing this song every year and it is good to see that O Holy Night has made a bit of a comeback by various artists.

    As for rubbishy Christmas songs, I cannot stand Mr Blobby and novelty songs like that. I am a traditionalist, however, ABiTW Pt 2 is a favourite too. 😉

  22. Bob Dylan’s latest – ‘Must be Santa’

    Very infectious. Try singing along when you have had a few.

  23. First I will wish all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. And to FEd, thanks for tolerating us for another year.

    I am not a fan of the Christmas classics like Frosty, Silent Night or Holly Jolly. I always lean more towards rock inspired music. Therefore, my favorite Christmas song would have to be Run Rudolph Run, particularly the Chuck Berry and the Keith Richards versions.

    For something completely different, check out a CD called A Lump of Coal if you can find it. What I like the most on that CD is Henry Rollins (of Black Flag) reciting ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas over a very dark and ominous soundtrack. Certainly not a joyful song but very interesting. I’m curious if anyone here ever heard it as it is quite rare.

    I also heard this week that Band Aid’s Do They Know Its Christmas? is the all time leading single sold in the U.K. What is interesting is that the song is actually quite depressing. If you really listen to the lyrics it takes the joy out of you. Yet, you attend a Christmas gathering and you hear that as one of the songs being played while you chow down your shrimp and mini-quiches. Something is just wrong about that. I certainly am not knocking the song, I like the song. I just think many miss the point of the song. It just doesn’t fit in with Jingle Bell Rock and Christmas is the Time to Say I Love You.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

  24. I just want to wish everybody a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. David have a great time with your family and friends, God bless you.

    Thank you Fed for having dealt with this site magically during this almost gone 2009, you’re brilliant. I wish you the best for all that’s to come.

    I love you all.

  25. Greg Lake – I Believe In Father Christmas

    Utter perfection, shame I can only listen to it for one month every year, I get dirty looks otherwise…

    I wish you a Merry Christmas FEd, and a Happy New Year, too! 😀

  26. Thx 4 the video.

    X-mas is a positive vibe so let’s talk positive. 😉

    * It’s Snowing on My Piano ~ Bugge Wesseltoft

    One of my favourite band from the UK are 4 days in the Netherlands with their special X-mas show, so:

    * Spirits of Christmas Past (Bryan Josh / Mostly Autumn)

    To make the gigs complete they cover a few songs:

    * Silent Night (Gruber/Mohr)
    * Father X-mas (Greg Lake)
    * Merry Christmas Everybody (Slade/ Holder/Lea)
    * Fairytale Of New York (The Pogues & late Kristy MacColl / MacGowan/Finer)

    And the last one is really fun, with a lading role for Heather Findlay and Bryan Josh singing the great lines:

    You’re a bum
    You’re a punk
    You’re an old slut on junk
    Lying there almost dead on a drip in that bed
    You scumbag, you maggot
    You cheap lousy faggot
    Happy Christmas your arse
    I pray God it’s our last

    I could have been someone
    Well so could anyone
    You took my dreams from me
    When I first found you
    I kept them with me babe
    I put them with my own
    Can’t make it all alone
    I’ve built my dreams around you…

    Peace and a great holiday season to you all.

  27. my favourite has gotta be the pogues, fairytale of new york.

    am loving the new main site, by the way!

    merry christmas and a happy new year everyone… don’t forget to get your rage against the machine single, y’all. 😛

  28. FEd, I wish you and yours the Seasons Greetings.

    Your efforts during 2009 have been tumultuous and are greatly appreciated by one and all. David has found a REAL gem, in you. May you long continue to brighten the DG firmament.

    The ‘New’ website is a welcome improvement invoking the hope of even better things to come during 2010.

    Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year to all my fellow ‘Irregulars’ on this, David’s, great website…

    You’ve gotta admit it FEd, deep down, you really love Mike Oldfield and ‘In Dulci Jubilo’.

    1. You’ve gotta admit it FEd, deep down, you really love Mike Oldfield and ‘In Dulci Jubilo’.

      I visited four shops yesterday and had to listen to that bloody cheery din four times. How I made it back to the car without swearing at someone, I do not know.

  29. Dear Fed,

    Hoping I catch you before you close…

    Have a lovely Christmas Fed and Best Wishes to everyone here.

    ash 🙂

  30. Speaking about Christmas songs versions, I recently listened to Enya’s Irish cover of “Silent Night” and I think it’s quite beautiful.

    Sorry for the video, but I couldn’t find anything better than this.

    And here is another track. Not exactly a traditional song, but I like it. 😀

    I couldn’t read the Blog these days, so I hope I’m still in time to wish you, FEd, David and his family and everyone here in the Blog a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

    Enjoy your holidays. 🙂

  31. Don’t care for most pop songs as I prefer the old classics.

    My Don’t list:

    ‘Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer’ (?)
    Anything by Alvin and the Chipmunks
    Jimmy Buffet Christmas songs
    Daddy Looked A Lot Like Santa (Garth Brooks)
    Santa Baby (by anyone)
    Don’t care for Transiberianwhatchamacallit
    Frosty The Snowman, etc.

    My Do’s:

    Mary, Did You Know? (Kathy Mattea)
    Nothing But A Child (Kathy Mattea)
    There’s A New Kid In Town (Kathy Mattea)
    Good News (Kathy Mattea)
    The Twelve Days of Christmas (John Denver & the Muppets)
    Silent Night (John Berry)
    Joy To The World (John Berry)
    All I Want For Christmas Is You (Mariah Carey)

    Almost all of the old classics. Adeste Fedelis, O Come All Ye Faithful, O Holy Night etc. Love to hear the Morman Tabernacle Choir.

    There is a choir of boys, I think from England or somewhere near, who sing beautifully. All quite young and spectacular to listen to. Just can’t think of the name.

    FE’d: I’m with you on the Holly Jolly!!!

    Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday celebration. Wishing you all a happy healthy New Year.

    FE’d, David, Polly, The Band and the Gilmour organization, hope your holiday is all you are wishing for. Thank you for the interesting year and looking forward to 2010! (Gee, that is scary. Where does the time go? Almost 4 years since the On An Island Tour!)

    Merry Christmas to all,
    Jan

  32. First of all a Merry Christmas to David and Polly and Fed of course and to all of the bloggers on this site.

    I’ll break this up into 3 categories–I love some of the traditional Christmas songs like Silent Night, Greensleeves, O Holy Night because of their great melodies and lyrics. The piece we got jingle Bells from is an old piece called Riding In A One Horse Sleigh that is far better than the awful tune they turned it into.

    Leading us to the modern songs I really like I Believe In Father Christmas (ELP), The Christmas Song sung either by Nat King Cole or Mel Torme who wrote it, Happy Christmas by John and Yoko. There’s a great group called Straight, No Chaser who have a version of 12 Days Of Christmas on YouTube that is not to be missed! Also Carla Bley’s new Christmas album is excellent.

    Among the worst are (ahem) George Michael’s “Last Christmas” which may make me have another embolism, Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt (holiday greed at its best), Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee (this tune needs to be sacrificed and never played again!!) and the dreaded Holly Jolly Christmas that makes me really glad that Burl Ives is dead. Please double check to make sure he stays that way. And the equally dreaded Grandma Got Run Over by A Reindeer must die horribly also. Don’t ever let rednecks write another Christmas song again.

    Have a Merry Christmas everyone and a Healthy and Happy 2010!!

    1. the dreaded Holly Jolly Christmas that makes me really glad that Burl Ives is dead.

      :)) I know I shouldn’t laugh, but did. Thanks for that, Michael.

  33. Merry Christmas to Everyone!

    I don’t have a list or anything, just wanted to send good wishes to all!!!

    …Jayne

  34. Not many Christmas songs getting play around here.

    Worst Christmas song, anything by the Black-eyed Peas.

    Cheers and looking forward to next year on davidgilmourblog.com.

  35. Hi Fed!

    Thank you for the new excellent design of davidgilmour.com. 😀

    One of my favourite Christmas songs is:

    Chris Rea – Driving Home For Christmas

    Have a nice Xmas everybody and a Happy New Year 2010!!

    Best Wishes from Berlin
    Ina

    1. The excellent new design has absolutely nothing to do with me, by the way, but it is nice to see that many of the suggestions that I’ve been making for several years now have been taken up at last. Complete coincidence, I’m sure. 🙂

      Thank you all for the kind feedback, which will be appreciated by those responsible.

  36. Top 3 best;

    1. Walking in the Air (The original version from the Snowman movie – I watch the movie every Christmas)
    2. U2 – It’s Christmas, Baby, Please Come Home
    3. Bruce Springsteen – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

    The worst;

    Hokey Pokey

    I don’t know if it’s a Christmas song, but I hear it usually this time of year.

  37. Actually I like Christmas songs – in the beginning of every Christmas season much more than in the end of it. There is only one song I can´t stand any longer: “Last Christmas” by Wham. I think it’s the overplayed Christmas song here in Germany.

    Frohe Weihnachten und ein glückliches und gesundes Neues Jahr!

    BTW: the new davidgilmour.com looks great.

  38. Went to my daughter’s graduation Saturday in Shreveport where she, her fiance, my son Asher, his wife and two of my grandchildren were. Got to see and hold my grandson for the first time (he is two months old now) and kid around with one of my granddaughters (who is 2 now). On a scale of 1-10, this weekend was off the chart!

    April graduated from LSU-Shreveport with a Bachelors in Marketing.

    I like Bob Dylan’s Must Be Santa, and Jackson Browne’s The Rebel Jesus. There are many I listen to, but those are two of my favorites.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everybody!!

  39. Fed, I really feel bad that I missed the last chat session, but I wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas and I really hope you’ll have a Great New Year. Plus I wanted to wish David and his family the same.

    I really love the change you made to this web site for I remember when it first started with the brown background. Great Job!

    Take Care, Thomas

  40. Hi FEd and bloggers,

    I don’t like so much Christmas songs… are so sticky and with a not real, clichéd atmosphere, but there is an old Pink Floyd Christmas joke/song in the number 5 of “A tree full of secrets”(dedicated to SOYCD records) and it’s a very nice track!

    Christmas days usually are so exciting just for kids and after a long alcoholic night, the first day of the new year is all for the new projects and dreams till… the first day of February.

    I hope for all of you a good, happy new year with few tears and a lot of smiles. Enjoy your holidays!

    A great hug and a special kiss to you, FEd from Rome.
    diana

  41. Dear Fed and all,

    Love this one.

    In the more classic department, I’d probably go for Silent Night, perhaps Mahalia Jackson-version.

    Worst: Feliz Navidad…

    Have a nice holiday everyone.

  42. Do love Kevin Bloody Wilson’s Santa Claus but think Greg Lake for me tops the poll.

    Happy Christmas guys,
    Geoff Duffy (Dublin)

  43. Dear F.Ed.

    An alternative Christmas song, a little sad, maybe: Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home) by U2 but nowadays also the gamesome “Christmas Tree” by Lady Gaga could be popular… isn’t it?

    Anyway I do prefer the classical ones like “Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” by Frank Sinatra, or Gospel Choirs like “Oh Happy Days”, and “White Christmas”, “Adeste fideles”…

    Neverthless I like in this period “I Believe” sung by Andrea Bocelli.

    To you F.Ed, the people there and families, to David and Polly and family:

    May your Christmas be merry as a song and your heart be happy the whole year long!

    I wish you the new year 2010 as a very prosperous Healthy and Happy Time for you.

    Ciao!
    Elisabetta from (snow-covered) Italy, North East
    x x x x x x x x

  44. Since I’m at work, I’d better get my two cents in before Info Security decides to block the site again (they inexplicably block and unblock this place seemingly at random!). In any event, great topic.

    Some favorites would be (in no particular order):

    1. ‘Green Sleeves’ (Jeff Beck’s version) – because I’m such a Beck Nut and always wanted to learn to play his version of this great classic.

    2. ‘Happy X-mas (War is Over)’ (Lennon) – a rather obvious choice I suppose.

    3. ‘Life in a Northern Town’ (Dream Academy) – I realize this has NOTHING whatsoever to do with X-mas, but I used to hear it quite a lot in the late 80s around this time of year, and it reminds me of Christmases past in a very nice way.

    4. ‘I Believe in Father Christmas’ (Greg Lake) – Another blast from my late 80s past that I just absolutely love.

    5. ‘Christmas is the Time to Say I Love you’ (Billy Squire) – Less effective than the others perhaps, but it has such a nice joyous vibe to it.

    Of course, NOTHING compares to the GREATEST Christmas album of all time (and I don’t want any arguments!!): A Charlie Brown Christmas by the Vince Guaraldi Trio. The instrumental track ‘Christmas Time is Here’ is absolute perfection.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family, FEd. More great work from you in 2010.

  45. There’s not enough space to list my favorites, as I absolutely love Christmas and its music, and have even been known to pull out my Christmas CDs in July!

    A few of my faves:

    Mary Did You Know? (Kathy Mattea’s version is quite moving)
    The Christmas Song (Nat King Cole)
    The Christmas Song (The Hollywood Strings – this was my favorite when I was a kid in the 60’s)
    Joseph’s Carol by Michael Card
    Charlie Brown Christmas (the original by Vince Guaraldi – I listen to this year round)

    I love songs that point to Christ, as it is CHRISTmas. My prayer this year is that those who do not believe would pick up a Bible and explore the teachings of Jesus, and that God would open many eyes to the truth.

    May you all have a meaningful and blessed Christmas!

  46. I am surprised that noone mentioned Wham – Last Christmas, which of course is my fave Christmas song, like other Christmas songs from the 80s Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas, or Chris Rea – Driving Home for Christmas!

    Time Magazine has a list with the Top 10 YouTube Holiday Specials – here.

    Again, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, and my Christmas wish is, as it had been last year… a new tour of David. Is that wished too much? :/

    1. I am surprised that no one mentioned Wham – Last Christmas, which of course is my fave Christmas song

      I did mention it as my favourite and I also commented on how great George Michael’s vocals are towards the end of the song too. 🙂

  47. Queen – Thank God It’s Christmas and Anita Dobson’s – I Dream of Christmas (well, also written by… Brian May) are two of my fave Xmas songs.

    Hey FEd, what do you think about the Great Arthur Brown currently announcing his guitar player, Jim Mortimore, as coming “straight from his stint recording Guitar parts for David Gilmour’s new album”?

    1. Hey FEd, what do you think about the Great Arthur Brown currently announcing his guitar player, Jim Mortimore, as coming “straight from his stint recording Guitar parts for David Gilmour’s new album”?

      I can hopefully nip that in the bud right away.

      There’s no truth in the story at all.

      Sorry.

    2. I actually followed the link to see this for myself. I can only hope it’s a bad joke. The part about Jim Mortimore recording the guitar parts for David, that is, and not the part about there being a new album. THAT would obviously be very welcome news. But Jim Mortimore playing guitar for David is akin to the Spinal Tap guys appearing on the new Clapton record.

    3. I actually followed the link to see this for myself. I can only hope it’s a bad joke.

      You can call it a bad joke or a sad hoax. Jim Mortimore has never even been in David’s studio, so some of you will be pleased to know that there’s no truth in the story or photograph whatsoever.

  48. Just about every Christmas song has the potential to be someone’s favorite, yet excruciating to others; I guess this is what annual repetition can do to or for a song. For me: Dominic the Donkey is atrocious, while Christmas Wrapping by the Waitresses tells a nice little story.

    One line of “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” infuriates me – “there’ll be scary ghost stories” – no, there won’t! It’s Christmas, not Halloween – no one tells ghost stories on Christmas! A Christmas Carol doesn’t count; it’s not scary, and it’s not really a ghost story, although it has the ghosts. And even if it did count, it’s only one story, there aren’t multiple stories.

    Ugh, anyway, the recent Christmas songs of Andrea Bocelli don’t seem to work – he has a wonderful voice and is great in his own element, but this material just doesn’t seem to be a match.

    Thanks for mentioning the title of the Lennon song – I always assumed it was called “Sour Christmas,” but then that’s just me…

    Merry Christmas, all.

  49. Greetings and Happy Holidays to one and all!!

    Favorite song: “O Holy Night”

    The Red Rose City Chorus (Sweet Adelines group) sang this with the Reading Pretzel City Chorus (men’s barbershop group) at a show in Reading (PA) earlier this month. I was one of the Sweet Adelines.

    Saw the new front page! Nice!

    Hope to get a new hard drive for my laptop here in the next few weeks so I can get to chat with the group again.

    TTFN

  50. Oh, and WORST CHRISTMAS SONG???

    For me it’s Elvis – “Blue Christmas”. Sorry, but those girls doing the ooo ooo ooo just grate on my nerves.

    Okay, that’s all for now!

  51. Ho! Ho! Ho! Fed.

    Merry Christmas to everyone in and around Gilmourville. Here’s to a healthy and peaceful new year for all.

    Dylan is a good call. I generally like all things Bob but my Christmas starts when I hear Ella singing Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire… you can’t beat Ella Fitzgerald’s version of ‘The Christmas Song’. A good second is Lisa Hannigan singing ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’.

    Thanks Fed for keeping this forum going. I’ve enjoyed dipping in now and then, even more irregular than before. Nice facelift to the main site, it’s, mmm, can’t think of the word.

    Be merry everyone.

    Regards,
    Tom B – Dublin

  52. Awwwwwww, love the snow.

    Hope you’ve still got some of that Stollen left to leave for Santa. 😛

    1. Amazingly, I have got some left. I hope he’s not expecting any Carolans, though.

      But then, I’m not expecting a Fiat 500 this year. :/

  53. Wishing everyone a Blessed and safe Holiday Season!

    Hope to ‘see’ you after the New Year! 🙂

    Penny

  54. This is a Christmas song:

    Here comes Santa in his sleigh
    Those silver bells they sound so gay
    His shiny sleigh is heaped with toys
    To give to all good girls and boys

    With gongs and dollies and clockwork trains
    Plastic soldiers and little model planes
    Going to fill your stocking so long as you’ve been good
    And I’m sure that you have because you know you should

    Cheerful face is wreathed in swirls
    Conceived in kindful love and world
    As he parks his sleigh he’ll catch your ear
    With ‘Merry Christmas Judge and a Happy New Year’

    Shout it out as a cheery Christmas greeting Alan
    Yeah, shout that one out all right.

    Turkey and sausages and Christmas pud’
    Have another helping John – Oh I don’t think I could
    Christmas parcels under the tree
    None for you and six for me

    Do you think about the Surfin’ Bird song (Trashmen)?

  55. The most annoying Christmas song of all times got to be “Last Christmas” by Wham. Just writing about it makes me throw up in my mouth a little bit.

  56. I would like to send my best wishes out to everyone. I hope your holidays are safe, happy and full of good things.

    Merry Christmas to all who celebrate! Happy ______________ (insert your holiday) to everyone else!

    Hope everyone gets the “Red Ryder carbine-action, two hundred shot Range Model air rifle with a compass in the stock and a thing which tells time” that they are wanting this year… just be careful not to shoot your eye out.

    Greg C.

  57. My Christmas wish: to hear David sing ‘Silent Night’.

    Hope you all have a happy, peaceful and safe Christmas or holiday however you spend it. Until 2010. Cheers!

    Jan

  58. I love the snow effect on the blog’s screen. 😀 The entire site looks really cool. 8)

    Happy Holidays!!!

  59. I want to wish a very merry Christmas to everybody on this blog! Have a wonderful time with the ones you love!!!

    Sylvie xxx

  60. Querido David:

    me llamo Margarita, me encanta Pink Floyd, soy tu fan numero 1!!!

    que tengas una feliz navidad y un feliz año. Soy de Ecuador y tengo 9 años. Mi papi tenia todos tus discos pero le robaron del carro. 🙁

    Mis discos favoritos son: The Wall y A Momentary Lapse of Reason.

    ojala algun dia te pueda conocer.

    chao que te balla bien.

  61. Let me give you my best wishes for Christmas and also for a Good New Year.

    Thank you Fed for this Blog and a thank you to David for his music.

  62. Happy new year to you and everyone.

    David, PLEASE think about playing the ROTHBURY MUSIC FESTIVAL this Summer in Michigan. You would be amazed at the grounds. And your music would be very much welcomed.

    Cheers.

  63. By the way, in my view, which is flagrantly biased, never mind downloading ‘Killing in the Name’ to spite Cowell and Co.

    Guess not enough people went along with your suggestion. I heard that “Killing in the Name” did snag that number one spot.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

  64. How about Tom Waits doin’ a couple o’ Christmas tunes? Don’t think much does help, ears go through a lot come the holidays. Perhaps someday a cure.

    Enjoy and merry festivatings.

    1. Of course, if they’re worth the time and trouble.

      David can see everything that gets published for himself, obviously.

  65. I used to love Christmas music. Now, I find some of these just terribly annoying also.

    Violet

    I follow all music (Love David Gilmour of course). I am in Community College right now.

  66. Hello FEd and everyone,

    I’m happy to see that the Blog is back.

    How did your 2010 start? I hope your holidays were great. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Alessandra. Happy New Year to you.

      It’s been a sluggish start (I blame the snow), but we’ll be motoring again soon, I’m sure. 🙂

  67. To all of you, David, FEd, blogger friends, my best wishes for 2010.

    Bisous. 🙂

    Michèle

  68. Welcome back, FEd!

    I reckon you’ve been having your fill of winter weather and are looking forward to spring — I know I am (is it too soon to be thinking that way??). :))

    Hey, I finally watched Live in Gdansk last night, from beginning to end, uninterrupted!! It really made me want to get back that coming-back-to-life feeling, by which I mean the positive vibe that David’s music, this blog, and all my Gilmourish friends bring(s). I’ve been missing that lately. 🙂

    Peace ‘n’ Love to you all…

    1. In explanation ~ the key word in the LiG comment was “uninterrupted”… I’ve watched the DVD in bits and pieces, but uninterrupted by anything or anyone? Not until last night, and it was wonderful! 🙂

      Now I must go back through the blog archives to refresh my memory as to where those little gems are stashed!! :))

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