Saturday, December 15, 2007

Another Blast From The Past

This weekend, I thought we'd promote the Christmas spirit by featuring some famous Christmas songs by some prominent rock artists from over the years. Keep in mind there are so many to cover, and choosing which ones to feature was a difficult task. Be that as it may, here are a few of my favorites:

Band Aid was one of those projects where the hearts were in the right place. I am not sure how much money this song raised at the time, or if any of it ever got to the people, it should have gone to. So, it's hard to say what effect (if any) it ever had (other than being a good Christmas tune to reflect by). The song, itself, is cause to look at how truly fortunate we are to be in the position we are in; and for sure, there's a larger question we can ask ourselves in this season. But this time it's the song that asks the question, not me. Do They Know It's Christmas Time?:

This next song is a catchy little tune that brings a positive feel to the season. The video is also worth a look. It shows a young man and his younger sister goofing around in a fun way. If you've ever had teenagers, you'll appreciate it, as it shows a true love and affection between these two siblings. But I have to tell you, if I had my brain today in their energetic bodies, I'd be dangerous. Here is Elton John's Step Into Christmas:

John Lennon was a peacenik. His vision of peace as the absence of war model, was the primary inspiration for this next song. No one with half a brain would prefer war over peace, but it's not always possible. (But still, we keep hoping.) Here is his famous Christmas song Happy Christmas (War Is Over):

One of the original rock and roll Christmas songs was by an artist by the name of Bobby Helms. When it came out, it no doubt got filed into "that loud music" category by most parents of that day. Now, those parents are mostly gone and those that first listened to this next song are now grandparents. It is now a classic, here's the one and only Jingle Bell Rock:

In a fusion of what was then old school and modern music, David Bowie and Bing Crosby sang a superb duet. It was an excellent blend of style that can live on down through the ages. Here is Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth:



Obob said...

everytime I hear Jingle Bell Rock, I think of the first Lethal Weapon. Not the message intended

LASunsett said...

Thanks obob. I had worked so hard to get that out of my mind, and here you go and plant it right back in.