Wednesday, December 25, 2013

My Christmas Playlist

I'm taking it easy with this week's post. Between working retail and trying to get ready for the trip back to Iowa, I haven't had a free moment to sit down and bang out a real blog post this week. Sorry 'bout it.

I couldn't leave you hanging though, so I thought this week, in honor of Christmas, I'd share with you my holiday playlist. As I stated a few posts ago, I have a hard time getting into the holiday spirit at the level that I always feel like I should, but one thing that I do love every year is the music.

1. Hard Candy Christmas by Dolly Parton

My taste in music always leans towards the songs that are slightly melancholy, and Christmas music is no exception. But with the hint of sadness in this one is a nice hopefully message.

Plus it's sung by a group of out of work prostitutes in the amazing "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas." So that's awesome.

2. One More Sleep by Leona Lewis

Officially my favorite original Christmas song in recent history. I've been listening to this one on repeat so often lately that I've worked out choreography for it should I ever decide to become a drag queen who performs only holiday music. 

3. That Christmas Song by DWV

This one's not for the easily offended...or the hard to offend...really anyone who can possibly be offended. It's obscene, it's vulgar, and it's everything I love about DWV. It's catchy as hell. I've been singing "Not your lame ass Christmas, different kind of Christmas, da da da da da dat's my kind of Christmas." to myself for weeks now. The video is also completely ridiculous and hilarious.

Good lord I love drag queens.

4. I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas by Gayla Peevey

And now for something completely different. We used to sell a stuffed hippopotamus at Shopko that would sing this song when you squeezed its stomach. I would start every shift by going out to grab it and bring it up to the front for me to play with all. day. And I would laugh hysterically every single time. I can't get enough of the line "No crocodiles or rhinoceroseses. I only like hippopotomuseses."

Can someone please get Gayla Peevey booked at the Verizon Wireless Civic Center for a holiday concert next year. She's totally old now, but I'm sure it'll be just as adorable.

5. River by Joni Mitchell

I'm not even sure that this song is really a "Christmas" song per se, but it says the word Christmas in it, and I love it, so it makes it on my playlist every year. Again, I love a good sad song, and Joni Mitchell can write a sad song. 

6. Home on Christmas Day by Kristin Chenoweth

I love this one so much that I listen to it year round. Any song about going home makes me all nostalgic and sentimental...until I get home and realize that there's still no place to get a Diet Coke after eleven at night.

7. Carol of the Bells by Emmy Rossum

I love hearing classic songs with a modern twist, and this is a perfect example of this. Emmy's voice is wonderfully classical, but the arrangement is modern. She released three Christmas song as a few years ago, and I really had a hard time deciding which to include on this list...

8. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Emmy Rossum I just added two of them.

9. Christmas Time by Christina Aguilera 

I really can't explain my love for this song, but I think it has something to do with how hilarious I think it is that in her transitional period between Teen Pop Princess Christina to Dirrty Sexpot X-tina, a Christmas album happened.

I mean just look at her outfit. Faaaaantastic.

10. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? by Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Okay guys, I'm having a hard time breathing after this one. Swoon.

This is my favorite holiday song of all time, and these two being adorable in this rendition only solidifies that love. 

Marry me, Joseph Gordon-Levitt?

Now I'm off to watch funny YouTube videos with my sister and drink wine at inappropriate times of the day. You can find this playlist by following me on Spotify

Hope everyone has had a Happy Holiday season! See you next year!

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