A Christmas Playlist
I don't know if I've mentioned it already, but I bought myself an .mp3 player as an early present. These are the Christmas tracks I had on last night, lying in bed in the spirit of contemplation which comes over even a passionate atheist like me at this time of year. Some funny, some serious, some moving:
(This isn't the order they came up in, by the way; I had the tracks on 'shuffle'. I can tell you that the Lehrer was first and the Goodies last, though)
- 2000 Miles - Pretenders
- A Christmas Carol - Tom Lehrer
- A Spaceman Came Travelling - Chris De Burgh
- Christmas 1914 - Mike Harding
- Christmas Countdown - Frank Kelly
- Christmas On Acid - Radio Free Vestibule
- Christmas Rhapsody - Pledge Drive
- Father Christmas Do Not Touch Me - The Goodies
- Gaudete - Steeleye Span
- Green Chri$tmas$ - Stan Freberg
- Holy Shit, It's Christmas! - Red Peters & The New Christy Hamsters
- I Believe In Father Christmas - Greg Lake
- I'll Find My Way Home - Jon & Vangelis (*)
- It's Clichéd To Be Cynical At Christmas - Half Man Half Biscuit
- Please Don't Wish Me A Merry Christmas - Mind Map That!
- Stop The Cavalry - Jona Lewie
- The Holly And The Ivy - Steeleye Span
I then played the Greg Lake one again, not merely because it's my favourite of them all, but because it has a particular poignancy this year with the recent death of its performer and co-composer.
If you possibly can, have a good one. Or a good several if the chance arises.
* Not strictly speaking a Christmas song but - as I pointed out here - I'll always associate it with this time of year.