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…
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
- Sleigh Ride – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Johnny Mathis, Merry Christmas (remastered) – Amazon.com
- Johnny Mathis – Merry Christmas (192VBR256JS) (download torrent) – TPB.
- Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas (remastered) – Amazon.com
- Ella Fitzgerald – Wishes You A Swinging Christmas (1960) (download torrent) – TPB
- Diana Krall, Christmas Songs – Amazon.com