Seattle radio personality Bob Rivers became nationally famous for his line of novelty Christmas songs and released five albums collectively known as the Twisted Christmas quintilogy, after the name of Rivers' radio program, "Twisted Radio" consisting entirely of Christmas parodies from to Straight No Chaser singer Randy Stine said of the song: "We wanted a Christmas song that spoke to how informal communication has become.
Christmas novelty songs include many sung by young teens, or performed largely for the enjoyment of a young audience. Kicking off with " I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus " sung by year-old Jimmy Boyd in , other few notable novelty songs written to parody the Christmas season and sung by young singers include:.
The number of Christmas novelty songs is so immense that radio host Dr. Demento devotes an entire month of weekly two-hour episodes to the format each year, and the novelty songs receive frequent requests at radio stations across the country.
By far the most recorded Christmas song is " White Christmas " by Irving Berlin born Israel Isidore Beilin in Russia —who also wrote " Happy Holiday "—with well over versions in dozens of languages.
Others include:    . It was made into a hit by Darlene Love in What is known as Christmas music today, coming to be associated with the holiday season in some way, has often been adopted from works initially composed for other purposes. Many tunes adopted into the Christmas canon carry no Christmas connotation at all.
Some were written to celebrate other holidays and gradually came to cover the Christmas season. What later became the main theme for Disney studios was sung by Cliff Edwards , who voiced Jiminy Cricket in the film. In Scandinavian countries and Japan, the song is used in reference to the Star of Bethlehem and the "ask, and it will be given to you" discourse in Matthew —8 ; in the movie it is in reference to the Blue Fairy.
Many popular Christmas tunes of the 20th-century mention winter imagery, leading to their being adopted into the Christmas and holiday season. These include:. Quite the contrary, "Sleigh Ride", composed originally in as an instrumental by Leroy Anderson , was inspired by a heatwave in Connecticut. The lyrics added in have "nothing to do with Santa, Jesus, presents or reindeer," but the jingling bells and "sleigh" in the title made it a natural Christmas song.
The song, a prayer to the Virgin Mary sung in Latin , would become a "staple of family holiday record collections. Besides the title , and several biblical references, the song contains no connection to Christmas or the holidays per se. Various versions have been added to Christmas music playlists on radio stations in the United States and Canada.
In the United Kingdom, songs not explicitly tied to Christmas are popularly played during the year-end holidays. The line "Wish I was at home for Christmas" with brass band arrangements styled it as an appropriate song to play in the Christmas season. Children's songs such as " Mr Blobby " No. Darren Davis, Senior V. In the United States, it is common for local radio stations to gradually begin adding Christmas music to their regular playlists in late-November, typically after Thanksgiving which is generally considered the official start of the holiday season , and sometimes culminating with all-Christmas music by Christmas itself.
Although there is a chance that a station's normal audience may be alienated by a switch to all-Christmas music adult contemporary , country music , and oldies audiences are generally the most accepting , these risks are outweighed by the increase in ratings that such a shift can attract.
In some markets , there may be one dominant broadcaster of Christmas music, but this is not always the case. The practice has been considered an example of Christmas creep. As many Christmas songs contain themes strongly associated with Christmas Day such as references to figures such as Santa Claus , and popular observance of the Christmas season often ends after December 25 in contrast to the traditional Twelve Days of Christmas , which by definition runs until Epiphany on January 6 , most stations typically end their all-Christmas programming at some point on December 25 or However, it is not uncommon for stations to continue to play at least some Christmas music through the weekend following Christmas, or even through New Year's Day particularly when stunting in anticipation of a format change.
Christmas music is a popular stunt format for radio stations, either as a " Christmas in July " promotion, or as a buffer period for transitioning from one format to another. The end of a calendar year is a common time period for format switches, often following an all-Christmas format either immediately, or with a second stunt occurring directly afterward. Playing Christmas music outside of the holiday season, or otherwise implying that the format is permanent, is a more obvious stunt.
In April , the new radio station CFWD-FM in Saskatoon soft launched with an all-Christmas format in preparation for the station's official launch as a top 40 station. Citadel Media produced The Christmas Channel , a syndicated hour radio network, during the holiday season in past years though in , Citadel instead included Christmas music on its regular Classic Hits network.
Services such as Muzak also distribute Christmas music to retail stores for use as in-store background music during the holidays. The growing popularity of Internet radio has inspired other media outlets to begin offering Christmas music. In Ireland, a temporary radio station named Christmas FM broadcasts on a temporary license in Dublin and Cork from November 28 to December 26, solely playing Christmas music. In the U. One station, iHeart Christmas, focuses on more contemporary holiday music, while the other, iHeart Christmas Classics, offers seasonal music from past decades.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses of related terms, see Christmas Album disambiguation , Christmas Music album , Christmas Song disambiguation or Christmas Songs disambiguation. Music associated with Christmas. See also: Christmas. See also: Liturgical year. Main article: Christmas carol. See also: List of Christmas carols. Blodget on a Roland U synthesizer, December 23, Performed a cappella by Kim Butler on December 15, A traditional Catalan Christmas carol, arranged for guitar.
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Part of the wonder of music is how it helps us continue to create real memories and traditions. These treasured songs are very special to so many people and are a beloved part of ASCAP's repertoire. See also: List of Christmas hit singles in the United Kingdom.
More than any other type of music, it spans and links generations with disparate musical taste buds. See also: Novelty song.
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Thomas Bold. Arcangelo Corelli. Track Listing - Disc 2. Gone from Danger is a album by Joan Baez. Rather than relying on her own songwriting, Baez instead selected work by younger folk and rock artists to perform. Around the time of the album's release, Baez confessed that she no longer found herself able to write songs, and felt more comfortable reverting to her original role, as an interpreter.
The one track for which she receives credit, "Lily", was a poem written by Baez, to which Greenberg and Wilson added music. In addition to giving the young songwriters a career boost by recording their songs, Baez took two of them—Shindell and Williams—on tour with her to support this album. In a "Collector's Edition" of the original track album was re-issued in a 2-CD set. Play Me Backward.
Play Me Backwards is a album by Joan Baez. The album marked the first time Baez worked with producers Kenny Greenberg and Wally Wilson, with whom she would continue to work throughout most of the s. Also significant was her recording of the Mary Chapin Carpenter song, "Stones in the Road", for which Baez produced her first ever music video.
For the making of this album, Baez worked in Nashville for the first time since recording 's Come from the Shadows. In , to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the album's original release, Play Me Backwards was reissued, digitally remastered, and including new liner notes; three bonus tracks—recorded during the original sessions, but not included on the original release—were included: "The Trouble With the Truth", "Medicine Wheel" and a cover of Bob Dylan's "Seven Curses".
Honest Lullaby. Honest Lullaby is a album by Joan Baez. The autobiographical title song was written for her son, Gabriel Harris, and was performed on The Muppet Show in In addition to her own compositions, the album contained work by Janis Ian and Jackson Browne.
In her memoir, And a Voice to Sing With, Baez speculated that she was likely dropped from CBS due to a political disagreement she'd had with the label's then-president. Baez dedicated the album to the memory of journalist John L. Cover photos were taken by famed photographer Yousuf Karsh. Blowin' Away. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip.
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