21 Dec 5 Friyays: December 21
Greetings everyone! It’s Dr. Hinson here with her 5 Friyays! The Good Doctors have just about recovered from Dr. Donnelly’s family wedding last weekend. Since we spent so much time listening to Christmas music during the festivities, I thought I would share my top 5 favorite Christmas songs! I’ll be on holiday next week, so I’m ready to get in the mood!
John Denver and The Muppets – A Christmas Together
This has to be my favorite Christmas album, and it’s so hard for me to pick one song off the album that has been a staple in my family for my whole life. I really recommend the whole thing, but this song is the one I love the most. Its a song about coming together and accepting people of all beliefs, so long as you believe in love. All wonderfully sung by Kermit the Frog, hard to beat for sure.
An Irish Christmas
This song already made it into my Friyays for last week, but it deserves a spot on this list. It’s the most popular Christmas song in Ireland, and reminds me of all the wonderful holiday celebrations I had there. This is the safe for work version, but the original can be found on YouTube starring the fabulous Kirsty McCall and Shane McGowan of The Pogues. It’s a product of it’s time, but even with the edited version here you get a sense for the wistful and difficult life of immigrants chasing their dreams for a better life all the way to New York City.
Boy Band Christmas
In the great battle of boy band supremacy between The Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync, I was always firmly in the later’s camp. Their little known Christmas album is still one of my favorites, and Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays always brings me joy this time of year!
Big Band Music
There’s never a bad time of year to listen to Frank Sinatra, one of my all-time loves. I could choose from all the Christmas classics, as Old Blue Eyes certainly covered them all. My top pick has always been ‘I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm.’ It’s got all the elements of a big band sound and it’s delightful on a snowy winter’s night.
Three White Christmas’s
The Good Doctors LOVE the movie ‘White Christmas.’ Therefore, I love the song. But, I love three very different versions of it equally. So bonus for all of you, I’m going to share them all. First up is the original. Many people associate the Bing Crosby version with the film of the same name, but it is a little known fact that the song first appeared in the 1942 film Holiday Inn, starring Crosby and Fred Astaire. The success of the song (not the original intent of the filmmakers) eventually led to the film, which premiered 12 years later. Since I love the movie so darn much, that’s the version I’ve gone with.
When I’m feeling a bit more whimsical I always play the version of White Christmas by Clyde McPhatter and the Drifters, most famously known for its appearance in ‘Home Alone.’
When I’m feeling a bit more melancholy, I turn to the incomparable Otis Redding and his version of the song (known for its appearance in Love Actually), which never fails to bring a smile to my face. It’s best listened to with only the lights of the Christmas tree illuminating the room.
That’s my 5 Friyays for the final Friday before Christmas! I hope however you celebrate this holiday season, you enjoy a time of peace and calm. Dr. Donnelly will be back next week to wrap up the year of Friyays!