#ChristmasSongOfTheDay 2019 – Part Three

Welcome back to my series of catch up posts for the #ChristmasSongOfTheDay that I am posting on Twitter and on the Facebook page for this blog. Today I’m taking you through days 14 to 19, which will leave one more collection to come.

Last Saturday – day 14 – I returned to a song that I have included before, as I think it is one of the most beautiful modern day Christmas songs. It is by Jackson Browne, who is one of my favourite artists and, I think, ranks at the very top of the list of singer-songwriters. I was fortunate enough to see him play live in 2010, at the Royal Albert Hall in London. It was a wonderful show but, as it was in June, i.e.  the wrong time of year, this one wasn’t on the set list. Nevertheless, as its time has now come I’m happy to share it:

I hadn’t realised it at the time but Jackson is a regular visitor to the RAH, since his debut in 1994: he is scheduled to play there again next year, which will be his 16th appearance. I think they like him too!

That was Jackson’s own version of his song which, as far as I know, has only ever been issued on the 1997 compilation The Next Voice You Hear. He did, however, do a version with the Chieftains for their 1991 album The Bells Of Dublin. In my best DJ fashion, I’m now making a segue into another track from that album, which I shared on the 15th. Smooth link, huh? I always try to post a version of a Christmas Carol on Advent Sundays, and this was always one of my favourites when I was growing up, and was a more regular churchgoer than I am nowadays. I think Marianne Faithfull and the Chieftains do a lovely job with it:

My selection for Monday 16th was one that I have included for all five years that I have been doing this. As before, I make no apology for the repetition: there is a reason for it, and that is because I like it! This is by far the best version I have ever heard of a Christmas standard which is probably most associated with the crooners in their cheesy jumpers. This version really brings out the song’s beauty, and the accompanying video is a perfect fit in creating the mood. You may not have heard of the singer – Brynn Andre – before, and you could be forgiven for this. She made an album in 2009, then another one and a couple of EPs in 2012 – this is the title track of one of those EPs. Since then she has largely been absent from the recording scene, having become a personal life coach instead. But she returned with a couple of collaborations last year, and a new single of her own this past summer. I’m hoping that she will give us more: her lovely voice deserves to be heard more widely.

Tuesday’s song was another that was returning, although only for its second appearance. I think I’m pretty safe in saying that it is the only one of these songs to be performed by a Nobel Laureate! Bob Dylan released a Christmas album in 2009 – Christmas In The Heart – and this is his version of a song that has been around since the 1940s. It was also covered recently by Bryan Adams on his Christmas EP but I much prefer Dylan’s version, with this utterly bonkers video:

Yesterday’s song was one which I have featured most years that I’ve done this. You may know the Killers from their many hit albums and singles, but were you aware that they issued a series of Christmas singles for eight years or so? These were all done to raise money for The Killers’ Christmas Charity, and no doubt they have done a huge amount of good. This one, from 2011, is my favourite, because nothing says Christmas quite like cowboys and robot spacemen, does it:

For today I chose a song I’ve never featured before, though it isn’t exactly new! Those of us of a certain age are probably familiar with Phil Spector’s Christmas album, but of a similar vintage (1964) is the lesser known Beach Boys’ Christmas Album. This sad tale of a little boy’s experience with a department store’s ‘Santa’ will probably echo with many – and it is a piece of classic Beach Boys, so is well worth including, I think:

I’ve rounded off my two previous posts in this series by sharing the wonderful Christmas adverts made by Hafod Hardware, a local shop in Rhayader, in Wales. They have produced three of these now (although I did find an earlier, more prosaic one). I began with this year’s, then went back to 2017. This is the middle one in the sandwich, from 2018, and shares all the charm of the other two, including a ‘vocal’ role for little Arthur at the end:

Isn’t that lovely? As before, the Jones family have shown excellent taste in choosing music from Andrea Von Kampen to accompany their advert: this song is on her Christmas Project EP from 2016. As I said last time, I recommend her highly: she has a beautiful voice and writes good songs of her own, too.

I’ll be posting again on Saturday, with an updated version of last year’s piece for the Winter Solstice, and then again with the concluding part of this series on Christmas Day. Hopefully I’ll see you again for both of those. And, if you haven’t already done it, a timely reminder that you should be putting the sprouts on if you don’t want to be too late…..

32 thoughts on “#ChristmasSongOfTheDay 2019 – Part Three

  1. Debbie from Deb's World December 23, 2019 / 10:14 pm

    Hi Clive, I’m a real fan of Andrea’s now after seeing the adverts you’ve shared. They are all lovely and have a great message, thanks for sharing. Your music choices are fabulous as usual! Merry Christmas to you and thanks for all your contact during the year, it’s been great having you along with me and i’ve enjoyed your blog immensely too.

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    • Clive December 23, 2019 / 10:26 pm

      Hi Deb. I’m glad you’ve become a fan of Andrea too, she’s a real find for me. Thanks for your kind words, they are much appreciated, and I’ve very much enjoyed being with your blog through your eventful year! Merry Christmas to you and your family, I hope it will be a memorable one for you. But should you somehow get bored or need a rest, there’s always part four of this series coming on Christmas Day …..

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  2. gizzylaw December 23, 2019 / 4:15 pm

    I had never heard the Jackson Browne song. I LOVE IT. From a heathen and a pagen! Perfect. Sorry I missed this post the first time it came to my feed. I will listen to all of it over the next few days. Wonderful stuff!!

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    • Clive December 23, 2019 / 5:05 pm

      It is rather lovely, isn’t it? He has written so many great songs over the years. Glad you enjoyed this piece, and no need to apologise: as far as I know, reading my posts isn’t compulsory 😊

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  3. Darlene December 23, 2019 / 3:30 pm

    Some great tunes here. Thanks!! I love these posts #SeniSal

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    • Clive December 23, 2019 / 3:51 pm

      Thanks Darlene, very kind of you. One more still to come – if you don’t have anything to do on Christmas Day!

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      • Darlene December 23, 2019 / 5:58 pm

        I´ll be cooking but after everyone is gone and the dishes are done, I´ll relax and read your post and listen to the music. I saw the Chieftains play this song. They are excellent.

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      • Clive December 23, 2019 / 6:23 pm

        I only hope my selections are to your liking! You’re very lucky to have seen the Chieftains, and I agree on their excellence 😊

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  4. clivebennett796 December 21, 2019 / 9:16 pm

    Here’s another which you may have in your files, but if not it’s a pleasant one to listen to, with some mulled wine by the fire dreaming of Christmas …

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    • Clive December 21, 2019 / 9:23 pm

      Thanks for that. It is rather nice, isn’t it? I’d heard of them but hadn’t listened before. I’ve added their album to my library for future reference.

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      • clivebennett796 December 21, 2019 / 9:54 pm

        And here’s a rather unusual take on Queens ‘A Winters Take’ by Julianne Regan

        Hope you don’t mind me sharing

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      • Clive December 21, 2019 / 10:15 pm

        I’m pleased you did share! I loved All About Eve, bought their first couple of albums in the cassette days. Didn’t realise they’d done this one, not on any of their albums as far as I know.


      • clivebennett796 December 21, 2019 / 10:12 pm

        And here’s another on that all time ‘favourite’ Christmas song by Wham …

        Like the take on Queens ‘A Winters Take’ it’s unusual to say the least …

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      • Clive December 21, 2019 / 10:19 pm

        And much preferable to the original abomination of schmaltzy tripe!

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      • clivebennett796 December 22, 2019 / 10:16 am

        Here’s another old favourite though not so widely known or loved as the Kirsty MacColl version …

        Hope it’s not a spoiler.

        Have a great Christmas

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      • Clive December 22, 2019 / 10:55 am

        Not a spoiler! There have been many versions of that but I still don’t think any have matched the original, which *may* make its annual appearance 😉

        You have a great Christmas too 😊🎅🎄

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  5. clivebennett796 December 19, 2019 / 8:17 pm

    I’ve managed to sneak a quiet evening in so listened to all your song choices. Fab-u-lous!

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    • Clive December 19, 2019 / 9:15 pm

      Thank you! Pleased to hear you found a good way to spend your free time 😂


      • clivebennett796 December 19, 2019 / 9:34 pm

        Here’s a link to one of my favourite singers, Thea Gilmore, with a Christmas song …

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      • Clive December 19, 2019 / 9:54 pm

        I have that in my library too! She was in the BBC4 Sessions I shared a clip from in Part Two, one of Bellowhead’s guests. Look hard and you’ll see her at the back behind Lisa Knapp. The whole show, including her singing this, is on YouTube if you’re interested.

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      • clivebennett796 December 19, 2019 / 9:59 pm

        Thanks Clive – I’ll take a look!

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    • Clive December 19, 2019 / 5:15 pm

      Thanks Robbie. I absolutely love Brynn’s version, and the video is fantastic too. It just goes to show that the best music isn’t always the province of the famous!

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  6. Stevie Turner December 19, 2019 / 2:50 pm

    Ah, Jackson Browne. Yes, I’ve always liked his songs. Thanks for the reminders, Clive. Happy Christmas!

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    • Clive December 19, 2019 / 2:56 pm

      Glad at least one was to your taste, Stevie! Happy Christmas to you too 😊🎅🎄

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  7. Prior... December 19, 2019 / 10:30 am

    be back to enjoy all of the songs – the first one is a treat right now – wishing you a good day, Clive

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    • Clive December 19, 2019 / 10:37 am

      Many thanks, Yvette. That Jackson Browne song is a real beauty, and I hope you also enjoy the others. You have a good day too 😊

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