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Day 12 – Merry Christmas Everybody by Slade

Iiiiiiiiiiiit’s Chriiiiiiiiiiistmaaaaaaaaaas!

Well, what else did you think I could choose for my last installment of Kell’s 12 Musical Days of Christmas but the classic Merry Christmas Everybody by Slade?

1973 was the year a Christmas song was released that was so catchy and so rockin’ that it captured the Christmas spirit perfectly, right down to Noddy Holder’s jubilant yell which made sure it would be forever a favourite for everyone from that day forth.

Pick up any Christmas compilation album and this song is on it. If it wasn’t, I’m sure there’d be a public outcry. For so many people, Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without this riotous, triumphantly glorious glam rock anthem.

APOLOGIES – YOUTUBE ARE PLAYING SILLY BUGGERS AND YOU’LL HAVE TO CLICK ON THE LINK TO WATCH IT THERE INSTEAD OF HERE.

Day 11 – Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24 by Trans-Siberian Orchestra

It’s Christmas Eve, so what better choice than Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24 by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra?

This stunning medley of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and Carol of the Bells is one of my all-time favourite songs – not just for Christmas, but for life!

The piece was first released in 1995 on their debut album, Christmas Eve and Other Stories, and cas captured the hearts of many a music lover since then. The heady combination of a classical orchestre with a modernsound contributed by an electric guitar is superb.

I had never seen this video before now, but I have to say, desite the general twee cheesiness of the set-up, that little girl totally rocks!

APOLOGIES – YOUTUBE ARE PLAYING SILLY BUGGERS AND YOU’LL HAVE TO CLICK ON THE LINKTO WATCH IT THERE INSTEAD OF HERE (there may also be a short advert before it – grrrr!)

Day 10 – Stop the Cavalry by Jona Lewie

In 1980, Stop the Cavalry by Jona Lewie peaked at #3 in the charts.

I firmly believe that had the odious little squits of St. Winifred’s School Choir shut their traps (There’s No-One Quite Like Grandma was at #1) and  John Lennon not been murdered on 8th December that year, triggering the re-release of Just Like Starting Over (which was at #2,), it would have taken the #1 spot.

I really wish the lisping urchins of that horrid school choir had never been born (particularly uncharitable and un-Christmas-like of me, I know) as that song was an abomination. And I never liked John Lennon anyway (it was still tragic that his life was cut short).

It’s my opinion that Jona Lewie is the singer of the greatest Christmas song ever, and it should have got to the coveted top spot.

So why isn’t it the song I’ve chosen to share on The Big Day? Well, I’ve chosen songs that specifically relate to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with Mr. Lewie’s eternal soldier…

Day 9 – White Christmas by Bing Crosby

Only one person makes two appearances on my list of favourite Christmas songs…

White Christmas by Bing Crosby was featured in the 1954 musical movie, Holiday Inn, starring Crosby. Written by Irving Berlin in 1940, it was Bing’s version that outsold all others – according to the Guinness Book of World Records, it was the best-selling single of all time, with estimated sales of over 50 million copies worldwide.

It’s not surprising, really; Bing’s voice is like melting chocolate, all silky-smooth and rich. Who wouldn’t want to sit at the piano in a duet with him?

ETA: I’ve had to replace this video twice as YouTube keep removing it, so this version isn’t from the film. You’ll have to click on the link on the video and watch it at YouTube rather than here. 😦

Day 8 – Ring Out Solstice Bells by Jethro Tull

As today is the Winter Solstice, it’s time to share one of my all-time favourite winter songs. No, it’s not technically a Christmas song, but it seems to get included on all the Christmas compilation albums anyway.

The song is Ring Out Solstice Bells by Jethro Tull, which was first released in 1976 (the year I was born, which is entirely coincidental, I assure you!).

The reason I love this song is that it’s a Christmas song without being a Christmas song, if you see what I mean. Being a Pagan (albeit a particularly non-religious one), it’s the one song that actually refers to the Pagan celebration of the winter solstice. It is one song that gets played at this time of year which caters to the non-Christmas celebrating brigade, whilst still appealing to those who love all things Christmassy, keeping everyone happy. Except my hubby, who hates this song.

Tough. I like it. 🙂

Anyway, love it or loathe it, it’s a pop-rock classic combining guitars, a flute and hand-clapping.

Day 7 – The Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth by Bing Crosby and David Bowie

It was a duet that should, by all accounts, never have worked. Two artists from completely different ends of the musical spectrum coming together – it should have clashed terribly, instead the world was in for a treat.

The Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth by Bing Crosby and David Bowie threw together two of music’s heavyweights. Bing and Bowie pulled it off with aplomb and gave us this beautiful rendition of a classic song. They both “played themselves” in this specially recorded television special, Bing Crosbys Merrie Olde Christmas and two completely different eras were drawn together in perfect harmony…

APOLOGIES – YOUTUBE ARE PLAYING SILLY BUGGERS AND YOU’LL HAVE TO CLICK ON THE LINK TO WATCH IT THERE INSTEAD OF HERE.