Solstice 2018

Solstice Music

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