#ChristmasSongADay – Part 2

Keeping to my plan, for once, here is the second part of my Advent Calendar of Christmas songs that I have been sharing with Twitter followers and Facebook friends. Should you feel an uncontrollable urge to join either of those select groupings, the necessary buttons can be found to the right – and that way, you could enjoy the songs as I publish them, rather than having to await the retrospectives. Just a thought!

This collection covers days 7 to 12 and is, as usual, a fairly mixed bunch. I’m hoping that many – if not all – will be new to you, and am keeping my fingers crossed that there is at least one that you like.

On the 7th, I posted a song by the American/Irish band, Dropkick Murphys. This is, to say the least, a piece of irreverent fun. They’re a bit of an acquired taste, and the singer’s voice probably wouldn’t count as ‘dulcet,’ but they do make some great songs and videos. This one is a hoot right the way through:

I slowed the pace a little for the next choice. Brynn Andre is one of those singers who has made some lovely music without ever getting the support and following that she deserves. Sadly, it is a number of years since she released an album. I looked at her website and it seems she is restricting her musical appearances nowadays to performing at weddings. Her voice and songs deserve a wider audience. She previously made just the two albums – this is her version of a very well known Christmas standard, which doesn’t actually appear on either of her records. I absolutely love her version and the accompanying video is very sweet:

You may recall that when I brought back my #SaturdaySongs series a couple of months ago the second new post was my tribute to the sad passing of Tom Petty. You can find it here if you missed it, or would like another look. So far, all of the Christmas songs I had featured had appeared at least once before in the two previous years that I’ve done this, but when I found this one it was an easy choice to make it my first new one for this year. Filmed at the White House as part of a tv special, back in the days when they had a proper President, it is a nice little piece of nostalgia:

For Sunday 10th I posted a suitably mellow song. This is another making its first appearance in my selection this year. Most people will probably only know of the band from the original line up and their two classic songs Free Bird and Sweet Home Alabama. This incarnation of the band broke up after Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines were killed in a plane crash in October 1977, but the band reformed ten years later and this is actually the title track from their eleventh studio album, released in 2000. It is quintessentially Lynyrd Skynyrd, both in terms of pace and vocals, and if I do this again next year, I think this one is a keeper:

Yesterday’s choice was also a new one, for the simple reason that it has only just been released. You may not be aware of the English folk singer Kate Rusby, but I hope this enchants you enough to explore her music further. She comes from Yorkshire, as you can probably tell from her accent, and grew up with the strong local tradition of carol singing. Her latest album is the fourth she has released of seasonal songs – quite appropriate that she does this, as she has the voice of an angel. She created the character of Big Brave Bill, a kind of Yorkshire superhero, for a song on her most recent non-seasonal album, released in 2016, and here he is with his very own Christmas song. The animated video is charming, right the way through to Kate herself at the end:

I got a ‘like’ on Twitter from the lady herself for posting that, so I guess I’m doing something right! Kate will be making another appearance before Christmas – I’ll be bestowing on her the honour accorded to a select few of having two songs in my choices. With any luck, she’ll be reet chuffed!

For today’s song I’ve chosen the most serious of my selection. I’ve loved Jackson Browne’s music since his career started 45 years ago, I have all of his albums and have been lucky enough to see him play live. To my knowledge, this only appears on The Next Voice You Hear as a new, bonus track on that compilation album. That someone can add something like this as a one-off is, to me, astounding. This is a powerful song, haunting and beautiful, with a message we would all do well to heed:

So, that’s the second batch of six all done and dusted. As I said at the beginning, I’m hoping that there will be at least one among them that you enjoy, even if all six aren’t to your taste. Enjoy your Christmas preparations, and I’ll see you again for Part 3.

30 thoughts on “#ChristmasSongADay – Part 2

  1. Alice | Letters to my Daughter December 20, 2017 / 5:35 pm

    Love a bit of Dropkick Murphys! What a great list 🙂 I’ve been doing something similar but with traditional Christmas carols and songs that my 2 year old daughter won’t get much opportunity to hear this year as they’re not often on the radio.It’s a lovely idea to share music during advent!

    And congratulations because someone loved this post so much, they added it to the #BlogCrush linky! Feel free to collect your “I’ve been featured” blog badge 🙂

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    • Clive December 20, 2017 / 5:51 pm

      Glad you like the choices, and it’s good to see someone like-minded! I’ll take a look at yours. There have been a few carols in mine, but not in a church setting – I prefer the reworked and updated versions. I see that you’re in the U.K. – have you tried Classic fm? They usually play a lot of carols, but you have to get through the other stuff too!

      I’m pleased to hear that someone else shared my post, I wonder who! And thanks for the Twitter plug and follow too, I’ll follow you back 😊


    • Clive December 20, 2017 / 6:27 pm

      A quick follow up. I’ve grabbed a badge, thank you, and I think I’ve worked out who nominated me – proximity of one of his posts was the giveaway! I’ve hit the like button on your Facebook page too, that seemed easier than finding a WordPress ‘follow’ button on your blog. Or maybe it’s just me 😂


    • Clive December 14, 2017 / 10:39 am

      Glad you liked them, Enda. The Jackson Browne song is magnificent. I follow him on Facebook and he has just issued a new song on there. It’s called The Dreamer, and is a lovely protest against Trump’s policy on, wait for it, the Dreamers. It’s on YouTube if you’re interested. Thanks for the Brynn Andre link. I have the two alums she made back in 2007 and 2011; neither of those two songs is on either album, and nor is Let It Snow. I think she has become one of those unfulfilled talents, sadly. Do you have Apple Music? Both albums, but not the EP, are on there.


      • endardoo December 14, 2017 / 11:16 am

        I don’t Clive, bjt on my way to check out Jackson Browne.Reading A Leonard Cohen biography — it’s long and taking me ages! — but a teenage Jackson Browne features briefly as Nico’s teenage lover and musical accompanist. Nico remained one of the few women old Lenny lusted after and did not get: she preferred her men young!

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      • Clive December 14, 2017 / 11:48 am

        Hope you like it, I think it’s rather lovely and makes a serious point in a very gentle way. I didn’t know that about Nico – looks like I’ve missed my chance there! 😂

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  2. Stevie Turner December 12, 2017 / 3:36 pm

    For my choices it’ll have to be the Tom Petty and Lynyrd Skynyrd songs. Never saw the original Skynyrd live, but have seen the more recent incarnation.

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    • Clive December 12, 2017 / 4:12 pm

      I’m glad there were some you liked amongst them. I think my favourite of this batch is Jackson Browne, which in my view is an incredible song. But, then again, I like them all!

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  3. Still the Lucky Few December 12, 2017 / 3:34 pm

    I can’t believe I watched the Dropkick Murphys all he way through! What fun! Thanks for this selection, Clive…bringing back so many memories!

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    • Clive December 12, 2017 / 4:11 pm

      Glad you’re enjoying them, Diane. That one really stands out for being so different from the rest of this batch, doesn’t it!


  4. watchingthedaisies December 12, 2017 / 2:04 pm

    I think I will go with Lynyrd Skynyrd today Clive. My cousin who used to live in Leeds is a big Kate Rusby fan. Happy Christmas. I am bowing out on Friday for a 3 week break.

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    • Clive December 12, 2017 / 2:26 pm

      I’m a big fan of Kate too, been lucky enough to see her play live – a wonderfully uplifting experience. And I recommend the Jackson Browne too 😊 Have a wonderful Christmas, I hope it is both joyous and peaceful for you.

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    • Clive December 12, 2017 / 12:53 pm

      Thank you, I really should have shared these properly with my blog before, as this is the third year I’ve done it in this format! I could very easily fill the list with just a few favourite artists, but prefer to cast a wider net as that way I stand more chance of people finding something they like!


  5. Giovanni Carlo December 12, 2017 / 10:23 am

    he he what a lovely Family


  6. Osyth December 12, 2017 / 10:20 am

    Huzzah! That’s my playlist for today sorted (and a guarantee that Tom will play more than once). Great choices …. you are quite my DJ of choice these days. I do have you on Twitter (but always forget to check in and Tweet even the lamest of chirps) and FaceBook where I am somewhat more diligent but I’m an old-fashioned girl and I just prefer my little reader on here! Xx

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    • Clive December 12, 2017 / 10:32 am

      Thank you, glad I’m educating you into better music than Cilla (!). I particularly recommend the Jackson Browne – it’s a stunning song. I was tempted to make a political point or two around it but restrained myself – season of goodwill and all that. But I did drop in a comment earlier, just for you! And yes, we are connected everywhere, so the offer wasn’t necessary for you 😊 xx

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      • Osyth December 12, 2017 / 12:13 pm

        You are being SO well behaved. Just played the JB and it is an absolute keeper. It will be played several times in the run up to Crimbo that’s for certain xx

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      • Clive December 12, 2017 / 12:15 pm

        Aren’t I just! Glad you like that one too. I think it’s beautiful, and no doubt you can see why it could have tipped me into rant mode 😉 xx

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      • Osyth December 12, 2017 / 12:31 pm

        I am actually really amazed it didn’t. Its fabulous and you may find me sharing it on FB (credited to you, of course) because I do think it is one more should listen to, take to heart and at least be privately motivated to rant. I am ranting to self as I type actually – one of the symptoms of the being me condition 😉 xx

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      • Clive December 12, 2017 / 12:41 pm

        I’m quite surprised at my restraint, too, though I couldn’t pass up the chance of a little dig earlier on in the piece. I’ll forgo a Christmas sprout in penance for that one! Please do share, I think it deserves the widest possible audience, with or without rants 😉 xx

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      • Osyth December 12, 2017 / 4:21 pm

        I will later in the week. Because it does. As do your rants 😉 xx

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      • Clive December 12, 2017 / 4:54 pm

        Thank you. And stop playing agent provocateur (agente provocateuse?) – I’m really trying hard to be good 😂

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      • Osyth December 12, 2017 / 5:03 pm

        Sorry – it just presses my mischief button … and yes it is Agente Provocateuse (if I were a spy I would be l’espionne which has an unfortunate pronunciation … try it 😉) xx

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      • Clive December 12, 2017 / 5:06 pm

        So I see. I’m surprised I got that right tbh. And which part of Lespia are you from? 😉 xx

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      • Osyth December 12, 2017 / 5:07 pm

        I’m an escapee from Lesbos 😉 xx

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      • Clive December 12, 2017 / 5:08 pm

        This conversation could take on a very different turn if I’m not careful 😂 xx

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      • Osyth December 12, 2017 / 5:10 pm

        *bows out gracefully* 😉 xx

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      • Clive December 12, 2017 / 5:22 pm

        Always best when discretion is the better part of valour 😊 xx

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