Monday, November 27, 2006

The Shuffle - An Update

In a recent post, I noted that the shuffle was especially gratuitous, but in the comments noted that the Christmas music was often ill timed and unpredictable. So I downloaded much Christmas music in hopes of improving the odds that between now and Christmas, I might be blessed with more. For times when the pod is not "feeling it," there are always the local radio stations that have now been playing non-stop Christmas music since the onset of Fall, but frankly, I'd rather just hope for the serendipitous occurrence, as we had in today's morning set, which makes me so happy. Included in the 10 songs played, there were three (3), THREE, Christmas carols (and Mr. Sgazetti thought we would be barren until Spring...okay, that didn't sound right, but I think you know what I mean...30% Christmas music is good):

Dean Martin, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (this is the perfect song for Mr. Martin to sing, don't you think? ;-)

Louis Armstrong, Cool Yule (And this is a cool version)

The Three Tenors, Oh Tannenbaum


At 10:56 PM, November 27, 2006, Blogger Rach said...

I've got some Christmas music on my ipod too! I've got 'O holy night', 'Come all ye faithful', "I miss you most at Christmas time' and 'all I want for Christmas'. There will be more going on soon I'm sure - like 'Snoopy's Christmas'.

At 6:12 AM, November 28, 2006, Anonymous Jim said...

Well, I don't have an iPod but I have lots of Christmas music in the CD magazine in my car. And I don't have to wait through five other songs to hear it!

At 7:37 AM, November 28, 2006, Blogger beth said...

I took all the Christmas music OFF my iPod because it was all the thing would ever play. If I ever do put play lists together and just use those, then I might put a little back on so that I can have a little Christmas music when the whim strikes but...for now it's not worth the risk. :)

At 12:08 PM, November 28, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

for some reason, i love christmas music, and you just reminded me, that i need to export all my cd's onto the ipod. i have manheim steamroller, which really upsets certain people? they seem not to like it?

At 7:28 PM, November 28, 2006, Blogger EmmaSometimes said...

Mannheim Steamroller is breath from Satan's diaphragm, so help my ears, I would feel better ramming an ice pick into them..repeatedly. No, really, let me tell you how I really feel.

I like swinging Christmas music. Christmas Cocktails makes the BEST variety and I just saw one at Target that is an exclusive, something like Crooners Christmas. OH, so good. All Frank, Sammy and Dean. How can that not be good?

At 7:31 PM, November 28, 2006, Blogger EmmaSometimes said...

Oh, and Russ Taft made a swinging Christmas album what? 10 years ago that I always get asked about. It's classic and I haven't ever gotten tired of it, not like that other album

At 11:16 PM, November 28, 2006, Blogger Gwynne said...

Rach, I have a couple versions of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" that I love. ;-) Are there unique Christmas tunes in New Zealand that we might like?

Jim, must be nice to have a CD player in your car (that works). *sniff* All three of our cars' CD players konked at about the same time and it was about that time we decided it was cheaper to buy two iPods than 3 new car stereos (the speakers all worked fine, but not the CD changers/players...all for different reasons...if that's not God's way of telling us something, I don't know what is...although the message was probably, "No more music for you!" and we didn't listen. ;-)

Beth, I can't get up the energy for playlists, so I listen to Christmas music periodically throughout the year. This isn't all bad in my opinion, but moderation is called for in July.

Susie, I can only vaguely remember hearing M.S., but don't remember it being quite as evil as Emma apparently does. ;-) I love Christmas music too. And, although I've got some very kitschy stuff (like Mambo Christmas and Elvis), I like my Christmas music to sound BIG (like it's sung in a cathedral).

Emma, when it comes to Christmas music over dinner, I also like the swooners. I have a nice collection called "Cool Christmas" that I bought at Pottery Barn a few years ago (I think it's a PB compilation that they played in their stores). I'll have to see if I can hunt down the Russ Taft version...sounds great!

At 5:46 AM, November 29, 2006, Blogger Rach said...

There is one NZ song but to be honest - I loathe it. The minister at the Church I used to go to loved it. It's called Te Haranui... Sadly I can't find a copy to link to hehe.

At 5:52 AM, November 29, 2006, Blogger Jim said...

Waitresses... Christmas Rapping. Old but still the best.


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