Winter’s fine, a little bit of cold and ice
And we’re stuck inside, with the drapes shut tight
Said The Whale are an indie rock band from Vancouver, and Summertime in Australia is a short little track from their West Coast Christmas EP collection. It’s upbeat and sweet, and sometimes I like having songs on the Christmas mix that acknowledge that Australian Christmases are summery affairs.
The church bells in town, all ringing in song
Full of happy sounds, baby, please come home
Melissa Etheridge’s version of Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home) is a great rocking number, complete with guitar solo. (And a very clunky title, why not just call it “Baby, Please Come Home”?) It’s a 1963 pop song originally performed by Darlene Love.
Gone away, is the bluebird
Here to stay, is a new bird
He sings a love song,
While we go along
Walking in a winter wonderland
I haven’t actually included Emilie-Claire Barlow’s version of Winter Wonderland on a Christmas mix, but the Christmas songs of hers I have included don’t have YouTube videos. Barlow has a stunning voice, and her version of Winter Wonderland (a 1934 Christmas pop standard) is lovely.
I heard the bells on Christmas Day,
Their old, familiar carols play
Sarah McLachlan’s version of this carol is beautiful, one of my favourite versions. Wikipedia says I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day is a carol based on an 1863 poem “Christmas Bells”. I used it in the 2013 Christmas mix.
By the time we got to Oslo, snow was gone, and we got lost
The beds were small but we felt so young
Most of Low’s Christmas album (I wonder how many Christmas albums are just entitled ‘Christmas’) is a little too slowcore for my taste, but Just Like Christmas is on the more upbeat side. I included it on last year’s mix.