After a week hiatus (sorry everyone!) 3:1 is back with a double feature to make up for lost time.
Folks, we are in the middle of the most cover song filled time of the year and the people in your life can probably can easily be divided into 3 groups: the people who hate Christmas music, the people who are indifferent to it, and the addicts who just can’t seem to get enough.
Growing up, my mother would play A Very Special Christmas volume 1 and volume 2 on rotation every day of December. She would always quickly skip Vanessa Williams‘ “What Child is This?” on volume 2, but play John Mellencamp‘s “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” from volume 1 on repeat at least 3 or 4 times in a row. The repeat button on CD players was designed for her, I’m convinced. Those compilations will always feel like home.
For me, Christmas is very much about being home and being with the people you love, reflecting on the year and appreciating the people you have been missing. Perhaps missing for a very long time. My favorite songs this time of the year follow that theme.
So today, let’s look at 6 Christmas covers and 2 originals. All worth throwing on your playlist this season and maybe, just maybe worth repeating.
Death Cab for Cutie‘s heartbreaking take on “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” originally sung by Darlene Love (composed by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, Phil Spector)
Jon and Valerie Guerra mash-up Bing Crosby‘s classics “The Way You Look Tonight” (also made famous by Fred Astaire) and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”
The Eagles famous take on “Please Come Home for Christmas” by blues singer and pianist Charles Brown.
A Fine Frenzy’s take on the country classic “Blue Christmas” made famous by Elvis Presley.
Dikembe changes up “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey and composer Walter Afanasieff.
Florence + the Machine plays “Last Christmas” by Wham! live
and 2 originals:
Slow Club “Christmas TV”
Jack’s Mannequin “The Lights and the Buzz”
Join us next week for more Christmas tunes, before we return to our regular 3:1 programming!