Secular Christmas Playlist
Last year I talked on LWJ&A about compiling a spotify secular Christmas music list, and people asked if I could share, and I think I forgot to. Anyway, with 25 Days Until, I figure this is a good time to drop it on people. I get that I'm literally taking the Christ out of Christmas, which is something that makes a lot of people upset, but I hope we can all still be friends. Cause hey, it's Christmas! And I love Christmas.
A couple of notes: I'm not personally offended by the concept of God, if there were some really rocking non-secular Christmas music I'd be down for listening to it. I've been known to listen to Elvis sing gospel music, and I dig it. My problem is that most of the time something like "Mary Did You Know?" comes on, I want the music to stop, right away. It's just such a syrupy, overwrought song, and I find much of the non-secular music to be the same. To that end, I have thrown in some instrumental (inevitably, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) versions of non-secular classics that I enjoy that version of.
There are a few versions of really great songs, but at some point you have to decide to go with the classics or the remakes. I go by the general rule that Connick Jr. > Buble, and the list reflects that, but I know it's not a universal opinion. I also try to go for a good mix of sentimental and wiggle your butt kind of music.
Also, if you have other suggestions (that are available on Spotify) let me know! I've only got 3hrs and 15 minutes of material so far, I'd love to have much more. I'd love to hear especially obscure or neat remixes. As a very young child, I had a Star Wars themed Christmas album with Anthony Daniels and R2D2 doing duets that I wish I could get my hands on, but mom threw it out when she converted.
I mean, how awesome is this? http://www.allmusic.com/album/christmas-in-the-stars-star-wars-christmas-album-mw0000611052
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