I LOVE LOVE LOVE Christmas season! I actually do think it’s the best time of the year. Everyone is in great spirits. Being jolly and ish. Plus, my favorite color is red, so I’m thoroughly enjoying rocking it on most days without folks’ judging eyes on me wondering why I’s so bright.
For a soulful Christmas, I enjoy these 10 tunes:
This Christmas – Donny Hathaway. It is not officially Christmastime until you hear this song. And no matter where folks are or what they are doing, when you hear “Hang on the mistletoe, I am gonna get to know you better…” people stop that they are doing to finish it with an enthusiastic “THIS CHRISTMAS!!” You could be in the midst of cussing your archenemy out, talm bout “F*ck you and everything you ever stand for. Don’t call me… “THIS CHRISTMAS” ever again!
Silent Night – The Temptations. There are infinite versions of “Silent Night”, but for a true soulful Christmas, this is the best choice. Besides, at the end when that bass voice comes through and says “Merry Christmas from The Temptations”, I swoon.
Let It Snow – Boyz II Men. The thoughts of the video with the men in their thick sweaters in fake snow makes me smile. They look mighty cozy, and they just make me think of sitting in front of the fireplace drinking hot cocoa with loves ones around.
Someday at Christmas – Stevie Wonder. I love just love this song. It gets me toe-tapping.
For Unto Us (A Child is Born) – Bebe & Cece Winans. The Holidays without the Winans singing about Jesus?? Surely you jest! YOU JEST!
Santa Baby – Eartha Kitt. She’s one BAD Mama Jamma, and she sure did add a lil bit of X-ratedness to the holiday with her purrs.
Every year, Every Christmas – Luther Vandross. Uncle Luffa’s voice was made for soothing carols as this.
Hallelujah! (Handel’s Messiah) - Quincy Jones & Others. It’s like a Black star version of “We Are the World”. Truly a jamming song.
Joy to the World – Whitney Houston & the Georgia Choir. Whitney SANG this song!!! And you know the rousing sound of a choir singing backup brings me joy!
Away in a Manger (Acapella) - Boyz II Men. Back when singers could SING, and do nothing else, acapella was a joy to listen to. Now I’d rather jump off a first floor balcony than hear most of these folks with record deals sing sans instrument.
Besides that, I wish EVERYONE a Happy Holidays filled with much laughter, joy and overall good cheer!!!
What are your favorite holiday tunes that need to be added to this list?