And now, we have the final holiday tidbit. I hope that you guys have had fun watching these. To see all the other entries just check the links at the end on the post.
When I was a kid I used to love all those Rankin and Bass animated and stop-motion Christmas specials. There’s one called The Year Without A Santa Claus. The highlight was a duo of songs performed by two brothers, Heat Miser and Snow Miser. Frankly I think Snow Miser’s song has much more flare, but they’re still both quite fun.
Now, apparently in 2006 someone had the “bright” idea to do a live-action special. Why? I have no clue. I don’t remember hearing about it, didn’t see it, and don’t think I want to. This video of the brothers’ song is more than enough to dissuade me from ever seeking it out.
Time for part 3 of my holiday cover samplings. For links to the earlier entries you can check out the bottom on this post.
Really good a cappela singing kinda makes me melt, and the Pentatonix version of this song is no exception. You can tell that, individually, their voices are strong, but together they’re just amazing. The way the harmonies dive, and swoop and swirl around is like a vocal ballet. It’s beautiful to hear.
Next we have one of the most unlikely duos you could think of: Bing Crosby and David Bowie. I have no idea who’s idea it was to put these two together, but it worked out brilliantly. With Bing crooning about the drummer boy and then he and David doing a duet on “Peace on Earth” it’s a magical moment in musical history.
Speaking of unlikely, I now bring you Christopher Lee. Yes – LOTR’s Saruman (and hundreds of other films) Christopher Lee. My first response was WTF?! Then I listened to it, and like Mr. Lee, himself this one is truly badass.
Here’s part 2 of my little mini-series – a cover for each day until Christmas. To see part 1, check the link after the videos. Enjoy
For this holiday entry we have Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera definitely amp up the sexy playfulness of this classic. I knew Cee Lo has great musicianship but this was unexpected. Christina has such a … booming over the top style of singing that she could easily overpower a lesser partner, but Cee Lo matches her very very well.
For the Lady Gaga – Joseph Gordon-Levitt version they do a nice role reversal. Usually it’s the male singer imploring his female partner to stay, but this time it’s Gaga trying to entice Joseph. This number is from Gaga’s recent holiday special with The Muppets. (Kermit has a nice little bit with JGL before the song).
Here’s a nice older duet version featuring the legendary Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Jordan. It’s not overly produced and the record sounds a bit tinny, in accordance with the production tools available at the time (1949) but it’s enjoyable, comforting and the harmonies are nice.
So this week I did manage to bring you guys a little something. For the holiday season, let’s not call it a “battle”. It’s more of a small collection of … musical stocking stuffers. I just scouted around for examples of interesting holiday songs I like – serious, silly, rock, r & b, whatever.
I’m doing it as a little mini-series – one for each day, up until Christmas. Hope you like it.
The first one I have for you is sung by Charles Brown, the original artist. I don’t think I’d ever heard this one. I really like it, though. It’s got a bit of sadness to it, but it also puts you in a hopeful, reflective kind of mood. The musical accompaniment is so good and mellow and … holiday- feeling.
Next up is Fiona Apple. I had never heard her version, either, but I like it as well. I’m a big fan of Fiona’s – she has such a one of a kind vocal styling and great power in her voice and performance. She’s a truly unique artist, sometimes misunderstood, but always very original, even when singing a number often covered by others.