Before I close the Winter Windows I thought these selections and quote would be fitting on the darkest, coldest most magical night of the year:
“Old Marley was as dead as a doornail.
Mind! I don’t mean to say that, of my own knowledge, what there is particularly dead about a doornail. I might have been inclined, myself, to regard a coffin-nail as the deadest piece of ironmongery in the trade. But the wisdom of our ancestors is in the simile; and my unhallowed hands shall not disturb it, or the Country’s done for. You will therefore permit me to repeat, emphatically, that Marley was as dead as a doornail.” ― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
And with that here are some haunting versions of some Christmas carols as performed by Midnight Syndicate:
I haven’t listened to this song posted below for ages, but recently it’s popped into my head because of a picture that’s been showing up in my newsfeed:
That’s Santa Claus kneeling at the cross. I’m going to say straight up- I just don’t get it. I mean, I understand it’s a way to hammer home the message that Christmas is about Christ by having a fictional character Christmas character kneel at the cross.
It’s about branding, I get it.
That’s why I’m posting this song- I think that it’s a good reminder that Christmas may mean one or two things to some poeple and how it means other things to other people.
That’s the thing about stories, they grow legs and walk their own way. That with each person who tells the story, that the story is bound to change. The problems happen when we forget they are just stories and we forget to just enjoy them.
” Rebel Jesus “
Performed by Jackson Browne and The Chieftains
All the streets are filled with laughter and light
And the music of the season
And the merchants’ windows are all bright
With the faces of the children
And the families hurrying to their homes
While the sky darkens and freezes
Will be gathering around the hearths and tables
Giving thanks for God’s graces
And the birth of the rebel Jesus
Well they call him by ‘the Prince of Peace’
And they call him by ‘the Savior’
And they pray to him upon the seas
And in every bold endeavor
And they fill his churches with their pride and gold
As their faith in him increases
But they’ve turned the nature that I worship in
From a temple to a robber’s den
In the words of the rebel Jesus
Well we guard our world with locks and guns
And we guard our fine possessions
And once a year when Christmas comes
We give to our relations
And perhaps we give a little to the poor
If the generosity should seize us
But if any one of us should interfere
In the business of why there are poor
They get the same as the rebel Jesus
Now pardon me if I have seemed
To take the tone of judgement
For I’ve no wish to come between
This day and your enjoyment
In a life of hardship and of earthly toil
There’s a need for anything that frees us
So I bid you pleasure
And I bid you cheer
From a heathen and a pagan
On the side of the rebel Jesus
On The Fourth Day of Christmas I realized that I have spent a lot of time writing about Christmas songs that I don’t like and not very much about the ones that I do, so let’s change that okay?
First up, I love, adore and look forward to playing Christmas songs so that I can bust this out- it’s a Merry Jingle by the Greedies:
The Greedies (originally The Greedy Bastards) was a short-lived ad hoc ‘supergroup’ formed by Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott in 1978 during a quiet spell for his main band. It grew from Lynott’s interest in punk and his friendship with members of the Sex Pistols, Damned and Boomtown Rats. The subsequent rotating line-up centred around Lynott, Lizzy members Scott Gorham and Gary Moore, Chris Spedding, and Steve Jones and Paul Cook of the Pistols.
This clips is from The Top of the Pops and the first minute or so is interesting because it’s a countdown from December 20th of 1979
I’ve recently discovered Broken Peach. They are fun and energetic and they add a new flavor to rock and roll versions of Christmas songs.
You know. I love the Dickies and I love they took a song called Silent Night and made it not so silent and catchy.
Brian Setzer is one of the finest live rock performers bar none. So his take on this carol is pretty darn superb.
So there you have it Christmas songs that I do like by artists that I love. I hope you will enjoy listening to them.