I'm amazed at the number of commercial radio stations that have switched to "all Xmas music" at this time of year. There certainly is no shortage of different arrangements of all of the classics done by pop stars old and new. I was looking for a particular version of "Winter Wonderland" on Emusic and I ended up with over 5 pages of results. Speaking of Emusic, last year I found an old gem of blues and jazz Xmas songs that my sister gave me on cassette back in the early 90's. I also downloaded a few other cd's that had old jazz Xmas songs. It has been in heavy rotation on my pc at work. One thing that is missing this year (as it was last) is XM's alternative Xmas. I know I wrote about that a couple of years ago. They played all sorts of "different" Xmas songs from the likes of Bob & Doug MacKenzie to Cheech & Chong. They even played stuff like "Santa Has the AIDS this Year" by Tiny Tim. Yeah. I ranted about that one.
It's also nice to see how times have been changing with more offbeat songs making their way into the holiday music repertoire. You hear "Mr Grinch" a lot more nowadays. "Mr Heatmiser" from "The Year Without a Santa Claus" has suddenly become a favorite.
I've noticed that some of our favorite Xmas songs really have nothing to do with Xmas but merely set the mood. "Let it Snow" is pretty much just a Winter Song as is "Winter Wonderland." One of my favorites is "Snowfall" which was made famous by Glen Miller as an instrumental. That song puts me in such a peaceful mood as I can imagine a gentle nighttime snowstorm.
So now I'll go back to work and continue with my selections from Brian Setzer and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.