The Strange Holiday Mix for 2009

Presenting this year’s collection of holiday music now in heavy rotation on my Shuffle. Seems to be more traditional stuff than in the past. Maybe I’m mellowing or maybe I just haven’t found as many off-the-wall items recently.

  1. Christmas Is Interesting – Jonathan CoultonCharlie Brown Christmas Tree
  2. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! – Carly Simon
  3. Hey Santa! – Straight No Chaser
  4. A Cold, Cold Christmas – Stephen Colbert
  5. Christmas In America – Melissa Etheridge
  6. Slower Than Christmas – The Boxmasters
  7. Who Spiked The Eggnog? – Straight No Chaser
  8. Trains and Winter Rains – Enya
  9. You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch – Brian Setzer
  10. Sleigh Ride – The Ronettes
  11. Joy To The World – Symphony Brass of Chicago
  12. Come Darkness, Come Light – Mary Chapin Carpenter
  13. Please Be Patient – Feist
  14. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear – Josh Groban
  15. The Christmas Can-Can – Straight No Chaser
  16. Funky New Year – The Eagles
  17. It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Brian McKnight
  18. Podsafe Christmas Song – Jonathan Coulton
  19. My Dreams of Christmas – Billy Bob Thornton & The Boxmasters
  20. I Can’t Wait for Christmas – Mindi Abair
  21. O Come O Come Emmanuel – Carter’s Chord
  22. The Nutcracker Suite – Les Brown & His Band Of Renown

I think everything can be had at iTunes and/or Amazon. If you really want them.

The picture? Found it at The Jewish Journal. :-)


User Defined Packages

The iTunes store is now selling something called Digital 45’s.

Now for you youngsters who have no clue about that reference, back before you were born, music companies sold something called a single record which had two songs on it, one on each side.

As best my fading memory can recall, they sold for around 79 cents and usually only one side was worth listening to, although once in a while, the “B” side was as good or better than the “A” side.

Anyway, beyond nostalgia value for the over 40 set, the idea of resuscitating the concept seems a little silly since virtually the whole digital music store is nothing but singles.

Unlike the all-or-nothing package days of vinyl records, people now get to decide for themselves which songs will be packaged together.

Actually, for an increasing number of other consumer products, it’s very much a customized world, one in which each person gets to decide the contents of packages they buy.

Now all we have to do is figure out how to apply that to the education system.