It’s been a couple of years since I’ve dropped any Christmas music on you. Prior to Rdio (RIP) and other music services, it was a little more of a chore to source and share decent tunes. It takes work to put these together but I do enjoy it for a few reasons:
I like decent Christmas music
What they play on the radio is good to get you into the Christmas spirit but after a few days it becomes quite repetitive
It’s fun to share with others
Due to work and life, I haven’t had a great deal of time to go actively searching for new stuff this year. But, ironically, due to the fact that we’ve been working crazy-late hours the last couple of weeks, I have been able to listen to hours of random playlists and been able to toss a few tracks I’ve liked to my own Spotify (RIP Rdio + please hurry up Pandora Premium) playlist.
Some of you who have followed along for years might know that there’s a few tracks I think are imperative to a quality, heavy-rotation Christmas playlist. Some of them aren’t available on music services and only exist on the hard drives of folks like you and I; it’s up to us to carry the torch for the next generations. Heavy burden, I know. Those tracks aren’t on the Spotify version of Creepy Santa below; if you want the extra good stuff, you’ll have to download the ZIP folder and play it the old fashioned way (iTunes).
The US Thanksgiving holiday has passed which means it’s time for an updated Christmas playlist. As per the norm, it extends a little further than the standard Andy Williams and Bing Crosby (though those are classics and good in their own right) which you can find on most local, AM/FM Christmas stations.
If you’ve been around for any of the years past, you might notice that the last track is the same one I’ve closed with on multiple occasions… this is on purpose as I’ve convinced myself that it should probably close every Christmas compilation ever made. I’m not ready to call it the greatest Christmas track ever but I think its as solid of a piece of music you can get to finish an album.
New to this game and want to catch up? Hit the archives for past compilations. My apologies for the creepy Santa pictures, I’m not really sure how it all got started.
1. Owl City (feat. TobyMac) – Light of Christmas
2. Jeremih – You’re Mine
3. Otis Redding – White Christmas
4. Matt Wertz – Snow Globe
5. Kelly Clarkson – Winter Dreams
6. The Maine – Ho Ho Hopefully
7. Newsboys – All I Want for Christmas Is You
8. Leona Lewis – One More Sleep
9. Cee Lo Green (feat. The Muppets) – All I Need Is Love
10. Jeremy Lister – Santa’s Lost His Mojo
11. Callie Moore – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
12. Catherine Feeny – The Christmas Song
13. Clyde Bawden & Jason Barney (feat. Cody Carnes & Ashley Hess) – Christmas with You
14. Train – Shake Up Christmas
15. KT Tunstall – Sleigh Ride
16. Brigthen – Merry Christmas, Baby
17. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – It Feels Like Christmas Time
18. The Ready Set – I Don’t Wanna Spend Another Christmas Without You
19. Kelly Clarkson – 4 Carats
20. Clyde Bawden & Jason Barney (feat. Ashley Hess) – Home for Christmas Eve
21. Neon Trees – Wish List
22. A Rocket To The Moon – I Believe In Us (This Holiday)
23. Troy Andrews – O Holy Night
As much as it pained my office mate, I started the process of organizing the 2012 edition of CreepySanta in October. It’s not the be-all, end-all Christmas album but it should be a good mix for you to keep your Christmas party hoppin’ or help soundtrack your tree decorating festivities.
This ain’t the first Christmas music rodeo around these parts either, feel free to hit the archives for past compilations.
1. fun – Sleigh Ride
2. Meaghan Smith – Silver Bells
3. Never Shout Never – 30 Days
4. Andy Williams – It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year (a shrift remix)
5. The Boy Least Likely To – Happy Christmas Baby
6. Hugh Laurie – Silent Night
7. Colbie Caillat – Christmas in the Sand
8. Fitz & The Tantrums – Santa Stole My Lady
9. Kay Starr – I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm (STUHR remix)
10. Vince Guaraldi Trio – Skating
11. Olivia Olson – That Christmas Feeling
12. Pomplamoose – Jingle Bells
13. Gavin DeGraw – The Christmas Song
14. Meiko – Maybe Next Year (X-Mas Song)
15. Black Prairie – (Everybody’s Waitin’ For) The Man With The Bag
16. Grant Dawson – It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
17. Punch Brothers – O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
18. Troy Andrews – O Holy Night
Rdio users: I’ve also made a playlist for you but it only has about 75% of the tracks. You can thank the record industry.
I’m a little late in getting this to you but you’ve still got a couple of weeks to hopefully enjoy it before you’re completely tired of Christmas music. If you’re new to these parts, feel free to digbackthrough the archives and find any/all of the previous tracks I’ve posted. Hopefully the links are still working; if not, feel free to ping me and I can do my best to help you out.
I should probably do some explaining for things like Beiber and Train but I’ll just ask you to hold your judgement until you’ve had a chance to check them out once or twice.
The short: I’m running 3 Giveaways for the next two weeks. One for clients, one for everyone and one for you to give something away as well. Here’s the official announcement.
The long: I’ve detailed it all a bit more below. If you’re not a client, here’s where you can get the details on how to participate:
Giveaway #1 – Open To Clients (Amazon Kindle)
This year I wanted to do something extra than just the typical thank you email/cards for my clients. I decided to go the route of a little giveaway that would automatically include all of my clients over the last five years of doing business. It’s a bummer that I’m not in a position yet to give all of my clients a shiny new toy at the end of the year but I hope the gesture is well-received and that it plays a small part in a renewed desire to continue this working relationship in 2011.
Giveaway #2 – Open To All (Apple TV)
But I decided that I didn’t want to stop there. I wanted a second opportunity for those who I haven’t partnered with yet to think about the possibility in the near future. Or at least give them enough ammo and desire to spread the word about what I do.
My second giveaway is familiar in the sense that’s it has been done before many times in the form of “retweet this to win.” But while I do want you tweeting about me and my services to win, I would much rather have it be in your own words rather than just a simple RT.
My intentions are transparent, I hope to gain exposure for what I do with the goal of increasing my visibility/hire-ability for 2011.
If you don’t know me, you’re welcome to participate. If you’re on Twitter, follow me and spread the news about the giveaway. You really have no idea about my work or what I do but as you follow along down the road I would hope that it becomes clear and my skills are useful to you or someone you know.
If you do know me and a little about what I do, tell your friends. Twitter, Facebook, your blog, email, telephone, I’m good with any of it.
If you need a little reminder, here’s some of my specialties: web design/development, content writing & strategy, marketing for small businesses and I’ll even dabble in a little social media and SEO if needed.
Finally, I didn’t want this entire thing to be only about a contest for shiny new presents and a boosting of my ego. There are many options and ways to give back to those in need; one that makes is amazingly simple and is a cause that has really grabbed me this year is charity:water. While their concept isn’t new, this was the easiest route I could find to create a joint venture between you and I.
If you’re reading this, you’re more than likely a truly blessed person. I hope that you can see the importance of being a blessing to others.
I’ve created a small campaign with charity:water and I’d love if you decided to help out. Donating doesn’t up your chances in either of the categories above but I guarantee it will warm your heart for much longer than a new toy will.