A note from the publisher: Hello readers! A most merrry Christmas to you and those that you love. I just wanted to start this post by thanking all of you who have been reading us at Pasturesfresh in our over 90 posts this year.
I’d also like to thank all commenters and likers, as well as all those who have physically told our writer(s) that they are doing a good job. It really helps to dispel the illusion of talking to an empty room, which blogging sometimes feels like.
Anyway, without any further notes from me, let’s begin. Today there’s a bit of a choice of tracks.
The year 1970
The band Jackson 5
A Motown Christmas song! There are a few Christmas songs with a similar style to Motown, Jackson 5 did a whole album, and then there was Darlene Love whom I wrote about here.
Something I’ve tried to stress throughout this Christmas Jukebox series, like an advent calendar of Christmas songs, is the sheer range and variety of Christmss songs. For instance, my post on Christmas wrapping, also involves Run-DMC literally rapping.
So yeah, I love the Jackson 5 version because it’s the first non-carol version I can remember. It’s all very fun and enlivening. There’s the moral message as in all of them, but it feel so playful here. Probably because it’s a kid telling you what to do. Always funny.
It’s like, “Okay Mr. Boss man 5 year old!”
The year 2011
The singer Michael Bublé
Michael Bublé is one of those singers I thought for quite a while was not really meant for me. He seemed like somebody targeted at women. Though that might be the case, there is something subversive about listening to things not aimed at you. Like being an atheist listening to hymns. Or reading the Bible when you should be reading something by Neil deGrasse Tyson.
His version here has a really nice swing feel. It never feels overdone either. It’s a bit retro but retains its style.
I fancy I’ll give his other numbers a go. Suggestions welcomed and encouraged.
(EDITOR: The autocorrect function does not want me to spell his name correctly, offering instead ‘Bible’ or ‘Bubbly’.)
The singer Bruce Springsteen
I’ve got some bad news for you here: it’s a live version. From what I can tell, though, that’s the best version. Also, because it’s Bruce Springsteen at a live show and he is a showman, it’s twice as long as the other versions.
But d’you know what? It’s Christmas! And people will put up with a lot at Christmas. Just think of Bruce Springsteen as a difficult relative, who maybe goes on a bit, but who you love regardless. Because he’s Family and actually pretty cool when you get down to it.
Perhaps better in small bursts, though. I wouldn’t listen to a full live album of his unless handsomely compensated.
So, in finishing up the series I’d like to repeat, as my publisher, that it has been a pleasure to write for you this year. I hope I’ve inspired others to think about Christmas songs and what the season means to them. I also hope people take on some of my ideas, Christmas as an ‘everything holiday’ and the Christmas song canon being in dire need of expansion. I’m sure you’ll’ve learnt something too, because I definitely learnt something writing them. Merry Christmas and a very happy new year!
The writer of this piece may be a bit addicted to writing now and doesn’t know what he’ll do on the outside.