OK, I cave. I don’t usually warm up to Christmas music until a few days before the holiday. But with Brian Setzer’s Christmas Rocks! Extravaganza Saturday at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre and a pair of radio station doozies next Wednesday and Thursday (Justin Bieber, Enrique Iglesias, Kesha, Flo rida, etc. at Philips Arena and Jason Mraz, Ed Sheeran, Phillip Phillips, etc. at the Arena at Gwinnett Center, respectively), I’m going to have to acknowledge the festivity a little earlier this year.
So, with a nod to all halls appropriately decked, here are a couple of my new Christmas favorites for 2012 as well as two classics that I probably could tolerate just fine if I had to hear them in, say, August.
What songs bring out your holiday spirit?
Jimmy Fallon, Mariah Carey and The Roots, “All I Want for Christmas is You”: It’s not a new song (yep, it’s 18 years old), but the sweet new spin delivered by Fallon – the happiest dude on Earth – his musical crew, a charming Carey and some adorable kids and their classroom instruments is already making this the viral hit of the season.
Richard Marx, “Christmas Spirit”: Not only is this new tune from Marx’s Christmas album a delightful romp, the video is a hoot. I never thought I’d see the day when Amy Grant and Rick Springfield shared a video, but I’m not complaining. See how many stars – old, new, minor and mega – you can spot.
The Waitresses, “Christmas Wrapping”: I was aghast last week when my hairdresser – an avid music fan – told me he had never heard this bittersweet tale delivered with a wink and a sigh. If you haven’t, either, please listen now.
Wham! “Last Christmas”: As much as I like the numerous covers that have popped up over the years – Jimmy Eat World, Taylor Swift, Manic Street Preachers, Carrie Underwood, Coldplay — few project empathetic heartache like George Michael.