12 Days of Christmas Music to Improve Your Playlist (Day 8)

I didn’t post yesterday because I was on a day trip. My daughter and I went to the hill country to visit some friends, and we listened to a lot of Christmas music in the car. This is one I’ve posted before, but it’s a good one and one of her favorites, so please to enjoy it again. This video is of the live version, which is great, although it’s missing Michael Bublé, who does sing on the album track. (Might be Bublé’s best work.)

 

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12 Days of Christmas Music That Isn’t Awful (Day 7)

There is one Christmas song that’s just so funny and smart and entertaining it’s on my iPod playlist year-round:  “Elf’s Lament” by the Barenaked Ladies.  If you come across the original recording — not hard to do — go for that, because it features Michael Buble and sounds awesome (even if you, like me, aren’t all that excited about Michael Buble).  There is a video on YouTube in which someone has set the original song to a video made from scenes from the old Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer movie, featuring the elf who wants to be a dentist but who is really a stand-in for any cultural taboo.  (Come to think of it, that movie contained a lot of subtext about cultural taboos…)  That’s a cute video, too.

But here I present to you the BNL performing this song by themselves, live.