Any Major Acoustic Christmas
The trouble with acoustic covers of popular songs is that some earnest singer armed with a guitar will slow down Jingle Bells and whisper the lyrics as if they have a deep meaning. I have no principles that compel me to disallow the notion of whispering songstresses, but on this Christmas mix I’ve tried to keep them to a respectful minimum. Still, we have the doses of yuletide angst which the acoustic genre prescribes to go with the upbeat welcome of the merry season.
Don’t be alarmed by the inclusion of three tracks called Christmas Song: they are all different songs.
As always, the mix is timed to fit on a standard CD-R (which, given the opening track, is an even moire ironic than sun on a Christmas Day) and comes with home-baked covers. There is even an alternate front cover, if you don’t like seasonal ornaments! PW in comments.
1. Hello Saferide – iPod X Mas (2006)
2. Slow Club – Christmas TV (2009)
3. Crash Test Dummies – We Three Kings (2002)
4. Brandi Carlile – The Heartache Can Wait (2007)
5. Rosie Thomas – Alone At Christmas (2008)
6. Natalie Merchant – Children Go Where I Send Thee (1997)
7. Alison Krauss – Only You Can Bring Me Cheer (Gentleman’s Lady) (2003)
8. Tift Merritt – I’ll Be Home For Christmas (2003)
9. James Taylor – River (2006)
10. Mindy Smith & Thad Cockrell – I Know The Reason (2008)
11. The Weepies – All That I Want (2003)
12. She & Him – Christmas Wish (2011)
13. Denison Wittmer – A Christmas Song (2002)
14. Bright Eyes – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (2002)
15. Catherine Feeny – Christmas Song (2008)
16. Nicole Atkins – Blue Christmas (2008)
17. Sufjan Stevens – Hey Guys! It’s Christmas Time! (2005)
18. Calexico – Gift X-Change (2000)
19. Felice Brothers – Christmas Song (2007)
20. Gramercy Arms & Mascot – This Christmastime (2005)
21. Pierce Pettis – In The Bleak Midwinter (1997)
22. Alexi Murdoch – Silent Night (2000)
And if you dig the jangly guitar X-Mas vibe, check out Santa If You Do Exist by New York singer-songwriter Jmo. Great fun.
And with that, I wish you a happy, merry, peaceful, blessed, partyful, present-rich, non-hungover and generally groovy Christmas.
CHRISTMAS MIXES WITH WORKING LINKS:
Any Major Christmas Soul Vol. 1
Any Major Christmas Soul Vol. 2
Any Major Christmas Soul Vol. 3
Any Major Smooth Christmas
Any Major Country Christmas Vol. 1
Christmas In Black & White
More Christmas In Black & White
Christmas Mix, Not For Mother
Any Major X-Mas Mix
PLUS: Rudolph, a victim of prejudice