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Songs of the Season: Sleigh Ride

I freely admit it: I am cheesy and sentimental, particularly when it comes to Christmas – as you will see over and over in coming weeks.

I have 100s of Christmas songs in my collection of MP3s, with in some cases dozens of versions of the same song. For this song, I have versions by Ella Fitzgerald, Diana Krall, Bing Crosby, The Brian Setzer Orchestra, Barenaked Ladies and others – even one by Air Supply. But so often it is the versions of these Christmas songs by the old stalwarts to which I turn…

Johnny Mathis, “Sleigh Ride” – from Merry Christmas

The truth is, of course, that it’s pure nostalgia – the Mathis version is the one I heard the most as a child, which has the most resonance for me. It’s like aural egg nog – the taste of the season, even if in this case it is a bit more like a nicer pre-made egg nog rather than my mom’s homemade version (spiced with, among other things, bourbon). The most charming of the many other versions for me is

Ella Fitzgerald, “Sleigh Ride” – from Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas

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is an over-caffeinated and under-employed grad school dropout, aspiring leftwing intellectual and cultural studies academic, cinéaste, and former poet. Raised in San Francisco on classic film, radical politics, burritos and soul music, then set loose upon the world. He spends his time in coffee shops with his laptop and headphones, caffeinating and trying to construct a post-whatever life.

 

What's in a name... The handle "zerode" is a contraction of Zéro de Conduite, the title of Jean Vigo's 1933 movie masterpiece about schoolboy rebellion.

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