Each year I pick out cheery music to play when the northern hemisphere precesses away from the sun and the light goes away. I look for songs with a catchy beat. This year’s list includes some sentimental favorites. They are heavily influenced by Christmas concepts, but I steer clear of religious songs. Ma’oz Tzur can be every bit as deadly as Immanuel. There is some Hanukkah music but it is very difficult to find well produced songs with snappy, bouncy beats. All these songs are in my collection.
Mea Culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. A thousand pardons please. Not matter how much I sought some way of making this an accessible post I couldn’t. Insert the fact that I’m typing this in bed because sitting up this long is impossible with my level of pain. I can find the songs on YouTube, but not captioned for deaf or hard of hearing. The links embed a YouTube player with lots of cruft for screen reader users. This is the best I can do right now. At least this WordPress theme is accessible thanks to all the hard work by the accessibility team.
If you want to just get on with it and play all the songs, there’s a YouTube playlist. If you want to pick out a song or two to explore they are available individually. The items are each under a heading level 3 for screen reader users.
Solstice 2018 playlist.
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Judy Garland
Old Fashioned Christmas Polka, Frankie Yankovic
Christmas Time in New Orleans, Dukes of Dixieland (Live)
Christmas Island, Bob Atcher and The Dinning Sisters
(I’m Spending) Hanukkah in Santa Monica, Tom Lehrer
It’s Beginning To Look Like Christmas, Bing Crosby
O Tannenbaum, Vince Guaraldi
What Christmas Means To Me, Stevie Wonder
The Day It Snows On Christmas, Allen Toussaint
I’ll Be Home For Christmas, Banu Gibson And The New Orleans Hot Jazz
Please Come Home For Christmas, Aaron Neville
Marshmallow World, Brenda Lee
Shaloo Shalom, The Burns Sisters
Christmas Train, Carey Bell
Christmas Gumbo, Aaron Neville
Ocho Kandelikas, Yasmin Bey
Swingin’ Them Jingle Bells, Fats Waller
Shakana Santa Shake It (Feat. Bonerama) Bo Dollis & Wild Magnolias, Bonerama
The Happy Elf, Harry Connick Jr.
All I Want For Christmas, Ini Kamoze
Have You Heard The News, Koko Taylor
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, Jessica Simpson
Run Rudolph Run, Jimmy Buffet
Sevivon, Sov, Sov, Sov, Kenny Ellis
What Will Santa Claus Say (When He Finds Everybody Swingin’), Louis Prima
Soca Santa, Machel
Christmas Fais Do Do, Marcia Ball
Christmas Snow, Michael Burks
Please Come Home For Christmas, Papa Don Vappie’s New Orleans Jazz Band
Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town, Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters
Really Been Good This Year, Saffire–The Uppity Blues Women
Christmas Boogie, Sugar Chile Robinson
Greensleeves, Vince Guaraldi Trio
Mele Kalikimaka, Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!, Carly Simon
Cool Yule, Louis Armstrong & The Commanders
The Christmas Song, Nat King Cole