Saturday, December 19, 2015

Your guide to Christmas music – Göteborgs-Posten

Ham. Christmas gifts. Dip into the pot. It must solve its own. However assists GP preferably with an essential guide to the right music.

Apart from Donald and Karl-Bertil are no fixed times or specific must-haves for the Christmas Eve. It makes little as you want, anyway, when it comes to mulled wine and parcel delivery.

Around the Christmas music on the other hand, there is a clear rule – play no rubbish!

Here’s why eight of Christmas musical musts, with brief background, recommendation when on Christmas Eve song works best and of course which version is the optimum.

The time 09-12

White Christmas

Bing Crosby

War Autumn 1942 Irving Berlin a Christmas song that is now recorded in more than 500 varieties. But the only version you need is Bing Crosby’s recording of the same year. A finely tuned and necessary complement to the Christmas Eve porridge breakfast.

The Christmas Song

Nat King Cole

“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose.” Yet another Christmas of the war years. Reports that 19-year-old Mel Tormé have written this song for 40 minutes, and as soon as he put it in the hands of Nat King Cole was a pension complete.

The time 12-15

Jingle Bells

Frank Sinatra

crooner from Hoboken was not much to record Christmas carols but this old picks up the song from the 1850s, he presses with flair and finesse into the top corner. Songwriter James Pierpoint ballade Of course, from a few years later, leaving his hometown of Boston to fight for the South in the American Civil War.


Ella Fitzgerald

The story of Rudolf’s like something straight out of Mad Men. 1939, mail order chain Montgomery Ward’s copywriter Robert L. May free hand to fix a coloring book with Christmas theme. He created Rudolf was a huge success and later supplemented by Johnny Marks song. Gene Autry was the first to record it but Ella Fitzgerald is the one that has best captured Rudolf’s soul.


Here Comes Santa Claus

Gene Autry

Once upon a time used to actor Gene Autry ride mainly in the Christmas parade along Sunset Boulevard. But the kids got tired of him, they wanted to see Santa Claus and shouted “Here Comes Santa Claus” as soon as Father Christmas appeared. That Gene was part of this, one thing you can understand. Oakley Haldeman therefore wrote the song about the plot that will still right down Santa Claus lane to him, and then motioned the children to Gene Autry again.

Fairytale of New York

With: The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl

toothless and moderately sober Shane MacGowan dancing around with Kirsty MacColl along New York’s shabbiest streets and create dirty magic. How beautiful it can sound when dreams crushed and future ruptures. The New York Police Department never had any run and therefore can not sing Galway Bay feels right fitting in sammanhaget.

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Auld Lang Syne

Sarah Dawn Finer (with Eric Bibb)

The text was written by Scottish poet Robert Burns already in 1788 and the Briton William Shield usually listed as a composer. The song most associated with the leave of various kinds and sung often on New Years Eve but Sarah Dawn Finers wonderful version Christmassy to go around and fits nicely when Christmas food must be digested.

Adams Christmas song (O Holy Night )


Tonight’s oldest song was written back in the 1840s and requires the right singer and a glass of port. Right singers are not Susan Boyle, Kenny Rogers or Il Divo, right singer is our Swedish tenor Jussi Björling. Borlange Son magnificent recording with the Royal Opera in 1949 is a bridge that carries us from the Christmas Eve stress to the Christmas day peace.

GP’s Christmas List

Want the very top the Christmas music? Do not miss the GP’s playlist on Spotify. Search “GP’s Christmas”.


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